Travel the World: New York City

By: Staff

Roosevelt Island?

Roosevelt Island is located in the East River, wedged between Midtown Manhattan and Astoria, Queens. You can get there from Manhattan on the F train or the Roosevelt Island Tramway, an elevated gondola that departs from 59th Street and Second Avenue.

The Strand?

The Strand -- with its logo "18 Miles of Books" -- is one of the largest used bookstores in the world.

Hell's Kitchen?

In an attempt to diminish the memory of Hell's Kitchen's seedy past, city leaders have tried to make "Clinton" the new name of the quickly gentrifying Midtown West neighborhood. It hasn't quite stuck.

The Meatpacking District?

At the turn of the 20th century, there were hundreds of slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants in this neighborhood just above the West Village in Manhattan. Later it had the dubious distinction of being a center for transsexual prostitutes. Now it's probably the hottest shopping and nightlife area in Manhattan.

Alphabet City?

Alphabet City (home to Avenues A, B, C and D) was once notorious for drugs and crime but is getting more and more upscale.

Williamsburg?

Williamsburg is a multiethnic neighborhood in Brooklyn that … wait for it ... has gentrified rapidly in recent years and is now known as an artists' enclave.

The Whispering Gallery?

The Whispering Gallery is a passageway in Grand Central Station with arched entrances on all four sides. If you and a friend stand in diagonal corners and whisper into the corners, you'll be able to hear each other clear as day, even if it's the middle of the morning commute.

The Cloisters?

The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Fort Tryon Park at the very top of Manhattan. Thousands of medieval objets d'art are housed in reconstructed French buildings from the Middle Ages.

The High Line?

The High Line freight railway was abandoned in 1980 and is now being made into an elevated park. The first section -- running from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street, is scheduled to open in June 2009.

Battery Park City?

Battery Park City in lower Manhattan was created, in part, from the dirt and rocks that were dug up during construction of the World Trade Center.

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