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MCNY New York Area Guide

Metropolitan College of New York's main downtown campus is walking distance to hundreds of New York City hotspots. Whether you want to explore some of the cities most venerable neighborhoods, browse through art museums and galleries, or eat in a different restaurant every night, you don't have to walk far. We've scouted the area and listed some of our recommendations for cheap eats and leisure activities. Of course, we invite you to send us your own picks so we can add them to the list. Enjoy!

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A little about the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown campus:

Boasting over 200 galleries and restaurants, this trendy art community lined with cast- iron buildings and converted warehouse lofts extends south of Houston and north of Canal Streets. From shops to street vendors to movie sets, SoHo is a unique spot to people watch, stroll, grab a coffee and croissant and take in some of the most creative energy of New York City. A notch below Canal is TRIBECA, noted for its restaurants, crooked streets, lofty open spaces and a host of film and television production companies.

Nestled between Worth and Hester streets, East and West Broadway (Canal Street is a good place to begin your tour), is Chinatown - also home to North America's largest Asian population. Whether you want to fill your stomach with Chinese gastronomy or shop for fresh fish, herbs, silk robes and knockoff handbags, this is the place to go. Everything is in Chinese from the bank signs to the McDonalds menu, so you'll get a truly authentic experience.

Little Italy
If you continue your walk north of Chinatown, you'll notice a language change somewhere around Mulberrry Street. All of a sudden it's as if you've been taken out of one country and landed in another. Everything from the language, the bakeries, the restaurants, the colors, -- even the signs are in Italian. While the Italian population is no longer as plentiful as it once was, the area still exudes a rich aroma and flavor of Italy. Plenty of festivals (Don't miss the San Gennero festival held every September) and street fairs bring in the tourists, but locals still stick around to join in on the celebrations.

Lower East Side
Once home to the waves of Eastern and Western European immigrants at the turn of the century, the Lower East Side of New York (East of Lafayette and South of Houston) still captures the flavor of ethnic diversity preserving their own unique cultures. Bustling with street vendors and fabric shops, you can get an authentic immigrant experience by visiting the Tenement House Museum, located on 90 Orchard Street. Be sure to stop by Gus' pickles afterwards. A quick bite at Katz's deli (yes, it's where they shot the famous scene in When Harry Met Sally) is sure to make your experience even more memorable.

Area Museums and Entertainment

Museum for African Art
593 Broadway
(between Houston and Prince Streets)
(212) 966-1313

New Museum of Contemporary Art
583 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets in SoHo)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-1222

The Alternative Museum
594 Broadway (SoHo)
(212) 966.4444

Guggenheim Museum SoHo
4575 Broadway (at Prince Street)
(212) 423-3500

The Screening Room (Films and eatery)
54 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013-2114

The Angelika Film Center (Independent Films)
18 W Houston Street
(212) 995-2000

The Knitting Factory (Films and Concerts)
74 Leonard St
(212) 219-3055

Film Forum (Films)
209 W Houston St
(212) 727-8110

Food and Dining

Some recommended neighborhood eats that won't break the bank: (listed in alphabetical order)

Café Habana
17 Prince St. (Elizabeth St.) (212) 625-2001
Appetizing Cuban-Mexican fare that's become quite the SoHo hangout.

1 E. Broadway (bet. Catherine & Oliver Sts.) (212) 577-2922
Always reliable, always cheap, Chinatown chow. Just don't expect too much in the way of décor.

Great NY Noodle Town
281/2 Bowery (Bayard St.) (212) 349-0923
Late night hours make this Chinese noodle house a great option for helping you pull an all-nighter.

80 W. Broadway (Warren St.) (212) 267-6740
Comfort food galore served up heartily at great prices.

Lemongrass Grill
110 Liberty St. (Church St.) (212) 962-1370
A reputable chain of Thai favorites.

Little Italy Pizza
Little Italy
182A Varick St. (bet. Charlton & King Sts.) (212) 366-5566
Cheap and tasty pizza in a no frills crowded shop - a great place to grab a slice for lunch.

SoHo - Little Italy
32 Spring St. (bet. Mott & Mulberry Sts.) (212) 941-7994
Some herald this to be the best pizza in Manhattan - why not see for yourself?

Pho Bang
157 Mott St. (bet. Broome & Grand Sts.) (212) 966-3797
3 Pike St. (bet. Canal & Division Sts.) (212) 233-3947
Famous for its plentiful bowls of noodle soups, this Vietnamese chain serves it up fast and inexpensive.

Salaam Bombay
317 Greenwich St. 212-226-9400.
Enthusiasts not only love the delectable Indian food, but come to enjoy the live Sitar music every weekend as well.

Vegetarian Paradise
Little Italy
33-35 Mott St. (Canal St.) (212) 406-6988
For those who want a vegetarian Chinatown experience, this is the place to go!

110 Liberty St. (Church St.) (212) 962-1370
A favorite downtown tavern with tasty pub fare that won't leave you in the poor house.

*Close enough to go between classes*
Amelia's Diner
walk one block north on Varick and you'll see the burgundy sign on your right. Cheap and tasty diner fare.
375 Canal Street. Stop in for some delicious falafel and other Mediterranean treats.

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