Laurie Brookins

Since it was founded as a Dutch trading post in 1624, New York City has beckoned as a destination filled with promise and endless possibility. No matter whether you’re lured by thoughts of Broadway shows, some of the world’s best shopping, spectacular museums and restaurants, or just the sheer beauty of iconic skyscrapers, visitors to New York are always dazzled and rarely disappointed. Indeed, one of the city’s most intriguing elements is the diversity of its neighborhoods and its rich history of embracing a wide array of cultures: In Lower Manhattan alone, you can explore Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and Tribeca within the same day and then head uptown to make the 8 p.m. curtain for the latest Tony-winning musical. Amid such a bounty of choice, setting your priorities is key.