Immerse yourself in NYC’s oldest neighborhood. See the earliest examples of decorative cast-iron buildings: Cast Iron House, 67 Franklin St; Obsidian House, 93 Reade St; 131 Duane St. The charming Hook & Ladder 8 firehouse from Ghostbusters at 14 N Moore St, and the row houses, on Harrison and Washington St.
UPPER EAST SIDE
After you hit one of the museums up on Museum Mile, take a stroll down Lexington Ave between 83rd St down to 69th St to soak up a slew of charming and independently owned coffee shops, boutiques, and old-times luncheonettes. Start at the Lexington Candy Shop, 1226 Lexington on the corner of 83rd St.
UPPER WEST SIDE
The UWS is known for its pretty treelined streets lined with characteristic townhouses — snake up and down the blocks from 69th to 76th, from Central Park West to Columbus. The Ansonia Hotel, a castle-like behemoth takes up an entire block on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets. Near the Museum of Natural History, NY Historical Society, The Dakota.
Bedford Street from Christopher to Houston is the fastest way to walk through the Village to Soho. On the way: narrowest house 75½ Bedford St; oldest house 77 Bedford St; some think the house on the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets (17 Grove) is the oldest; 102 Bedford St was renovated by an amateur architect in an odd style.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK/DUMBO
Carousel at the end of
Old Dock St
You can feel New York’s past lingering in the streets, but also its future, thanks to the creative enterprises that have moved in. Must dos: take a picture on the corner of Water/Washington with Brooklyn Bridge looming; go for a ride on a beautifully-restored 1922 carousel, housed in a glass pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel.