NoLita, SoHo, West Village & High Line
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On this walk you’ll see several charming downtown neighborhoods, each with their own unique personality, perfect for art lovers, fashionistas, and hopeless romantics.
Trendy NoLIta (short for “North of Little Italy”), an area located between East Houston, the Bowery, Broome Street, and Lafayette Street, is reminiscent of a tiny Italian village. Elizabeth Street in particular is well-known for its lovely shops and boutiques. NoLIta is such a small neighborhood that you’ll walk right through it and into SoHo before you know it.
SoHo (short for “South of Houston Street”) was originally an industrial area full of factories and warehouses, and was later taken over by artists. Today, it’s a major trendsetter in the fashion world. With its grand cast-iron warehouses, luxury boutiques, fashion houses, and art galleries, it offers some of the best shopping in the city.
Next you will cross into the West Village, a part of Greenwich Village. This neighborhood is often called ‘Little Bohemia’. It is a tiny urban oasis with an artsy vibe, and plenty of great spots for lunch. Bordering it is the trendy Meatpacking District. Up until recently, this was a place where animal carcasses hung in the streets during the day, and in the 1980s the neighborhood was a hotspot for drugs and prostitution. Today, however, the district is full of high-end stores and trendy restaurants, and it’s a great place for nightlife—especially if you want to do some star-spotting. From here you can head uptown through the beautiful High Line Park, an elevated park dozens of feet above street level.