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SoHo

SoHo was the epicenter of New York's art scene in the late 1970s, and has since evolved into a shopping destination of mostly chain retailers. (Where are the galleries? They've scattered, with Chelsea taking the lion's share of the more established names, and the East Village, Lower East Side, and several Brooklyn neighborhoods incubating many up-and-comers.) Compared with other neighborhoods, SoHo

takes more work to find a local vibe, but a bit of bohemia still exists. It can be found on the cobblestone side streets where there are still a few galleries, as well as sidewalks jammed with tables full of handmade beaded jewelry, tooled leather belts, and hats and purses. There are also unique clothing boutiques, gourmet food shops, Italian neighborhood staples, and even a few divey bars thrown into the mix.

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