Kohei and I met while I was at a store in Kanazawa. He told me he was visiting NYC this year and was hoping we would have a chance to hook up. We met at Union Sq. and walked from there down through the East Village around Lower East Side, over to NoLita and ended up in Soho. It is a good place to take folks who visit the city. East Village and Lower East Side still seem to be the area's most don't venture to on their own. Especially if you are coming from another country and speak a little bit of english.
This is a new museum in NYC called The New Museum. Since i only peeked into the bookstore, I'm not really sure what exhibits they have going on. I'll have to go back and take a look on a week day when it is less crowded. (the joys of working for our own thing)