- Ride the International Express: In 2000, the Federal Government chose 16 roadways around the U.S. for their importance to U.S. culture and history. The number 7 subway line was the only one that was a rail line, rather than a road. Known locally as the “International Express,” it wends its way through the borough of Queens (where it runs aboveground for most of its length), passing one ethnic neighborhood after another, from Indian to Czech, from Peruvian to Colombian, from Chinese to Korean. Spending a day getting on and off—visiting shops, restaurants, and houses of worship—is one of NYC's most unique experiences. One out of every three New Yorkers is foreign-born and you'll see that vividly along this route.
- Attend a poetry slam: The talent you’ll see up on the stage, and the passion with which the spoken word is greeted here, is inspiring. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village is the epicenter of this movement.
- Spend the evening at Sammy’s Famous Roumanian Restaurant: The closest New York City comes to an old-time Catskills resort experience. You’ll listen to the hoariest of jokes and songs from Fiddler on the Roof while eating chopped liver and downing glasses of vodka from a bottle encased in a block of ice.
- Visit the Mmuseumm: The smallest museum in the city is also one of the most intriguing, filled with tiny exhibits on the oddities of modern life.
- Head to a Russian nightclub: At Tatiana (www.tatianarestaurant.com) or one of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn's, other supper clubs, you get a multicourse feast and a show in Russian featuring acrobats, showgirls, and lots and lots of feathers.
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