Visiting the Old and New – New York City


As a young boy growing up on the streets that encompass Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village New York, I’m reminded how the city has either changed drastically or very little over the years. In the years since the 1970’s areas such as Bowery have gone through changes, I believe, for the good. In the past, the streets near 2nd Avenue and Bowery were unruly places filled with individuals who have wither seemed to give up on life, or where life gave up on them. The iconic immigrant area know as the Lower East Side where Jewish shop keepers, dairy restaurant, and clothing barkers, have become, depending on your view, either gentrified or destroyed forever. In the past, Times Square, was an area where everything and everything legal or not, could be bought or rented for a price. Today as a private tour guide, I notice how corporate America has subdued the area into a nice family friendly, but culturally deficient row of shops, attractions, and restaurants that could be found anywhere throughout our nation.

Places to visit in New YorkChinatown is one area where time has appeared to stand still. Many of the inexpensive restaurants from my childhood have vanished, although the strong cultural and family ties have held the cultural, political, and social fabric of the area firm. Throughout other areas of the city, wine bars, sheik hotels, and craft beer bars have dotted and embraced the area, and have given new life and hope for the new generations of individuals trying to find their fortunes and fame in one of the greatest cities in the world. One must reflect on whether the level of individual influence people from other places outside NYC is positive or negative. Do non native New Yorkers really care and understand about a city, even though very resilient, is still socially fragile on many levels? I believe this is an issue that deserves our utmost attention.

What will become of the city as we head further into the 21 century? Much debate and movement has been focused on sustainability, social responsibility, gentrification, and economics where corporate influence and family values at times either collide or live in harmony with the way we think today. All things considered, I believe the city has changed, and is changing for the better. Things can’t and never do remain the same as much as we would like them to. Change is inevitable for many things in life today. Forty years ago who would have really appreciated sushi, cupcakes, and gourmet coffee the way we enjoy these simple luxuries today. Does the same standard of measurement and progress hold true for New York City neighborhoods?


I’m Dave Kaye a native of New York City, and I conduct sightseeing tours that include shopping, clubs, and general history of Manhattan and Brooklyn. For the month of April I’m taking 20% off my standard rates. Go to []


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