Performance centers and music halls hum. Ballet and modern dance studios thrive. Broadway and Off-Broadway playhouses abound. Cafés and markets for cuisine from across-the-globe flourish. Traditional, contemporary and performance art exhibits are always opening. Just steps away are the expansive grounds of Central Park and Hudson River Park and the bustle of Fifth Avenue. This dynamic neighborhood retains the spirit of old and new New York — its vitality, its diversity, its surprising proximity to everything.