Attractions

Top Choice Area in SoHo & Chinatown

Chinatown

A walk through Manhattan's most colorful, cramped neighborhood is never the same, no matter how many times you hit the pavement. Peek inside temples and strange storefronts. Catch the whiff of ripe persimmons, hear …
Top Choice Museum in SoHo & Chinatown

Merchant's House Museum

Built in 1832 and purchased by merchant Seabury Tredwell three years later, this red-brick mansion remains the most authentic Federal house in town. It's as much about the city’s mercantile past as it is a showcase …
Top Choice Area in SoHo & Chinatown

Little Italy

This once-strong Italian neighborhood (film director Martin Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth St) saw an exodus in the mid-20th century when many of its residents moved to more suburban neighborhoods in Brooklyn and bey…
Street in SoHo & Chinatown

Mulberry Street

Named for the mulberry farms that once stood here, Mulberry St is now better known as the meat in Little Italy's sauce. It's an animated strip, packed with smooth-talking restaurant hawkers (especially between Heste…
Museum in SoHo & Chinatown

New York City Fire Museum

In a grand old firehouse dating from 1904, this ode to firefighters includes a fantastic collection of historic equipment and artifacts. Eye up everything from horse-drawn firefighting carriages and early stovepipe …
Museum in SoHo & Chinatown

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art

Newly expanded in 2017, the world's first museum dedicated to LGBT themes stages six to eight annual exhibitions of both homegrown and international art. Offerings have included solo-artist retrospectives as well as…
Gallery in SoHo & Chinatown

New York Earth Room

Since 1980 the oddity of the New York Earth Room, the work of artist Walter De Maria, has been wooing the curious with something not easily found in the city: dirt (250 cu yd, or 280,000lb, of it, to be exact). Walk…
Gallery in SoHo & Chinatown

Broken Kilometer

Occupying a cavernous ground-floor space in SoHo is this 1979 installation by the late American artist Walter De Maria. The work consists of 500 solid brass rods, positioned in five parallel rows, with the space bet…
Church in SoHo & Chinatown

Basilica of St Patrick's Old Cathedral

Though St Patrick’s Cathedral is now famously located on Fifth Ave in Midtown, its first congregation was housed here, in this restored Gothic Revival church. Designed by Joseph-François Mangin and constructed betwe…
Park in SoHo & Chinatown

Columbus Park

Mah-jongg meisters, slow-motion tai-chi practitioners and old aunties gossiping over homemade dumplings: it might feel like Shanghai, but this leafy oasis is core to NYC history. In the 19th century, this was part o…