Second to the subway for most of us (save messengers and Olympians), bicycling affords the quickest transit around Manhattan. We have seen people leaving black tie affairs at the Plaza and the Waldorf on bike, and we dodge (and sometimes join) masses of bikers in Central Park. We have also seen plenty of bike accidents. With caution we recommend bicycling in and around Manhattan to the visitor. For the die-hard, a helmet and a horn, bell, or whistle are a must. Plan your route in advance, and be alert for opening car doors and swerving cars. Heed my grandfather's three favorite adages: "easy does it", "better safe than sorry", and "not all the nuts are in the nuthouse."
Soho ("SOuth of HOuston"), formerly home to New York City’s great art scene, has been abandoned by many galleries for more trendy neighborhoods: Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. What remain are reliable restaurants and shops, a great new health club for members, Citibabes, and the Soho Grand Hotel. Whether you want to dress yourself or your home, shopping in Soho can suit you head to toe, or door knob to dining room.