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Gentrification spreading fast through the rough and ready Word to the wise: Unlike Manhattan, much of Brooklyn still suffers from high violent crime rates. Be careful at night and avoid trouble spots like Bedford-Stuyvesant.  Popular plate: Smith Street in Carroll Gardens has some of the city's most interesting new restaurants opening up by the minute; top of the hit list is Battersby (no. 255).  Cheap rents and abundant space first attracted creative types, entrepreneurs and young families…

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Dime magazine (the magazine of the National Basketball Association) named Alife the 'Best Sneaker Store in the World'.    For the coolest new and limited edition trainers while in NY.

Dime magazine (the magazine of the National Basketball Association) named Alife the 'Best Sneaker Store in the World'. For the coolest new and limited edition trainers while in NY.

Glamorous, original pieces from emerging artists

Glamorous, original pieces from emerging artists

Exclusive new and vintage duds for men and women, Assembly, New York

Exclusive new and vintage duds for men and women, Assembly, New York

Still the most gorgeous lounge in the city.  Hovering 18 floors over the High Line in the Meatpacking District — with views spanning uptown, downtown and over the Hudson — the Top of the Standard is pure 'wow'.

Still the most gorgeous lounge in the city. Hovering 18 floors over the High Line in the Meatpacking District — with views spanning uptown, downtown and over the Hudson — the Top of the Standard is pure 'wow'.

Tipple of choice: Tell the barkeeps what’s ailing you and they will find a cure.   These are some of the best custom cocktails in New York.

Tipple of choice: Tell the barkeeps what’s ailing you and they will find a cure. These are some of the best custom cocktails in New York.

Brooklyn's gastro hub 			 Word to the wise: On a sunny day take your fare and nibble it in the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge Park while admiring the Manhattan skyline with the Statue of Liberty in the distance.  			 Must do!

Brooklyn's gastro hub Word to the wise: On a sunny day take your fare and nibble it in the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge Park while admiring the Manhattan skyline with the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

The pulled chicken sandwich
 with salsa verde, and a poached egg, is a great way to start any day!

The pulled chicken sandwich with salsa verde, and a poached egg, is a great way to start any day!

Hip Harlem eatery helmed by a multicultural chef.   Don't be surprised if former President Bill clinton walks in!

Here’s our top ten new New York restaurants that are set to cook up a stir in 2011

Buzzy Jamaican diner with a classy touch Popular plate: The massive Jamaican breakfast includes ackee and saltfish, sauteed callaloo, fruit, festivals, and ripe plantains.  The decor (classic American diner meets Jamaican beach shack).

Buzzy Jamaican diner with a classy touch Popular plate: The massive Jamaican breakfast includes ackee and saltfish, sauteed callaloo, fruit, festivals, and ripe plantains. The decor (classic American diner meets Jamaican beach shack).

Low-key French bistro popular with local East Village characters 						 Popular plate: The rich Bouillabaisse Traditionnelle is served Marseille-style with Gruyère and rouille, which is a sauce made of olive oil, breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers.

Low-key French bistro popular with local East Village characters Popular plate: The rich Bouillabaisse Traditionnelle is served Marseille-style with Gruyère and rouille, which is a sauce made of olive oil, breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers.

A peaceful oasis amid a hectic city 						 Talk of the town: The park's pedestrian pathways stretch for a combined total of 58 miles.  Pin to see more!

A peaceful oasis amid a hectic city Talk of the town: The park's pedestrian pathways stretch for a combined total of 58 miles. Pin to see more!

An exploration worthy of more than a titter     Tipple of choice: The on-site cocktail bar, Play, is surprisingly un-gimmicky, and actually creates interesting and suitably playful cocktails.

An exploration worthy of more than a titter Tipple of choice: The on-site cocktail bar, Play, is surprisingly un-gimmicky, and actually creates interesting and suitably playful cocktails.

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