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A Brightly Colored Block

5 Mandarin, Neighborhoods

This Chinatown in western Brooklyn is the furthest thing possible from a tourist trap. It is a large and thriving community and well worth a visit. To get there, take the N train to the 8th Avenue stop in Brooklyn…

View up Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint

5 Polish, Neighborhoods

For a slew of Polish stores and restaurants and people, go to Greenpoint! The sheer volume of Polish is stunning. I have been there multiple times, but on one of my favorite visits, I enjoyed a lovely walk down…

Russian Is Everywhere in Brighton Beach

5 Russian, Neighborhoods

Take the B or Q train to the Brighton Beach stop, and you will find yourself in a vibrant waterfront Brooklyn community with many Russian immigrants. If you want to practice your language skills, walk along the boardwalk in the…

A View of Arthur Avenue

4-5 Italian, Neighborhoods

Arthur Avenue, the main strip of Little Italy in the Bronx, is beautiful and charming and worth a field trip (or multiple field trips). Take the B or D subway to Fordham Road, walk 10 minutes, and you are in a…

Fifth Ave. Between Ovington and Bay Ridge Aves.

5 Arabic, Neighborhoods

According to 2000 census data, there were 24,000 Arabic speakers in Brooklyn, with a third of them residing in Bay Ridge.  Take the R train to Bay Ridge Avenue (and Fourth), walk over to Fifth Avenue, and you will be…

Bollywood Music

5 General, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Neighborhoods

This is a fantastically polyglottal community in northwestern Queens. Take the subway to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street and you will find yourself in possibly the most diverse community in the world.  You can hear massive amounts of Spanish along…

Maps Available on the Brooklyn Arts Council's Website

Arabic, Neighborhoods

Through the Brooklyn Arts Council, you can enjoy occasional inexpensive tours of Arab neighborhoods in Brooklyn. They also post maps online, for Atlantic Avenue and Bay Ridge, should you prefer to tour on your own for…

Doyers Street

5 Mandarin, Neighborhoods

The most well-known Chinatown by far in New York City (there are several) embraces areas that were once inhabited by Italian, Irish, Eastern European, and other immigrant groups. Historical residues are everywhere. You can get there on multiple subway lines;…

View of Main Street, Flushing

5 Mandarin, Neighborhoods

From what I have heard, the Chinatown of Flushing is considered by many to be a more authentic Chinatown than the one in Manhattan. I have much more to explore still, but I can tell you there are tons…