"As soon as I was old enough (1964), I got myself to New York. I learned the subway, went to (now long gone) little movie theaters, sketched in the Bleecker St. Café, and saw everything at the Museum of Modern Art. I was going to college in Brooklyn and found the best free thing to do in New York was to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and it still is, although now I usually do it from Manhattan and then stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The two best movie theaters in NY are now the Film Forum on West Houston St. and the Paris on 58th St. just west of 5th Ave. (You'll understand why when you go.) If you're walking around Midtown, you'll appreciate the bathrooms at the fabulous Japanese department store, Takashimaya, on 5th Ave. between 54th & 55th. The best place for breakfast is the Dining Room at the Neue Gallery, 5th Ave. & 86th, home to the world's most ... [more]
Lloyd Ziff, Photographer
The West Village is also called Greenwich Village, and is famous for innumerable residents and events, including the annual Halloween parade that is an outlandish display of debauchery. The Village runs from the Hudson River to Broadway where it meets the East Village; on the south end it begins at Houston where Soho ends; and on the north end it leaves off at 14th Street where Chelsea begins. In between you will find meandering streets that seem to follow no rhyme or reason and are filled with delightful shops and delicacies. You will also find New York University and the New School.