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New York, New York

Layers of history unfold as you take walks through the five boroughs - Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. The term 'melting pot" was first coined to describe New York's early 1900's blend of Irish, German, Jewish, Greek, and Italian immigrants. Experts believe 800 languages are now spoken in this city. The cuisine and artistic influence of almost every culture on earth is imprinted here.

Historic culinary explorations can start with bagels and lox at Russ & Daughters on E. Houston Street, family-run since 1914. Enjoy fresh oysters and cold beer beneath beautiful arched tile ceilings at the Grand Central Oyster Bar on E. 42nd Street. Nom Wah, Chinatown's first Dim Sum parlor, still makes great dumplings.

Experience the Metropolitan Museum. Admission is free on Friday nights at the Museum of Modern Art. See a dance performance at the intimate Joyce Theater. Hear a live band at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. Rejuvenate in Central Park with a lawn picnic at Sheep Meadow, or an inspiring summer play.

Discover 150 vendors of artwork, antiques, and ethnic foods at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg. The New York Times described Smorgasburg, the Flea Food Market, as "the Woodstock of eating." While in Brooklyn, explore the local art galleries and coffee houses of Bushwick.