I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Every great city has its own particular vibe. New York City may be known for its frenetic, almost electric energy. Paris is famous for its beautiful meandering streets (just watch your step below because dogs think they own the streets) made for leisurely walks. Tokyo has an artful, dynamic air where one can appreciate both a zen calm as well as a more lively, youthful vibe.
While each city may have an overall feel, I love how you can really get to know a city through its many neighborhoods. The Lower East Side in New York is one of my favorite areas because it is full of younger restaurants and small boutiques echoing the excitement of its younger usually more design or artistically inclined residents. But it can be a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Main Street Flushing full of newer residents taking in the sights and sounds of restaurants that taste of home (great article about Asian food diversity in the area here).
These pictures from the Pirelli 2013 calendar remind me of the diversity of neighborhoods in a city. I love visiting different neighborhoods in a city and really getting a feel for the different micro cultures in those areas.
What is the favorite neighborhood where you live?
Have a lovely week!