Palermo, together with Palermo Viejo, is the largest areas in Buenos Aires. It is mainly a residential area with a few larger office buildings that have appeared in the last decades. Well known for its elegant middle, and mid-high class houses and its tree lined streets. It is the neighborhood most exposed to the flooding possibilty, and in April, 2007, the water depth on its streets reached one meter.
Most people that come to the area go to the neighborhoods famous forests, gardens, and lakes. It has the largest green area in all of Buenos Aires, comparable with the High Park of London or the famous Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
Palermo is divided into different zones called; Palermo Chico (Barrio Parque), Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Soho, and Palermo Viejo.
Palermo Chico: Also known as "Barrio Parque" (Park Neighborhood) is exclusively residential. There are a set of luxurious petit-hotels and on its avenues there are apartment buildings called duplex or triplex, depending on the amount of floors for each family. These buildings have all kinds of comforts including swimming pools. It is a place with many curvy and diagonal streets not often seen in the Capital. There are many houses in classical and modern styles; many of which are foreign embassies. In Palermo Chico the styles go from one extreme to the other, going through everything betweenFrench Classism and Contemporary Modernism. The color is given by the "Lapacho en Flor" planted in Avenue Figueroa Alcorta and Castilla by the landscape designer Martín Ezcurra, along with many other trees and plants such as the "Tipas," "Jacarandaes," and "Palos borracho." The Zoo of Buenos Aires, built more than a hundred years ago, is a very nice stroll where you can see not only a large variety of species, but also for great installations. The entrance to the Zoo is a reproduction of the Triumphal Arch of Titoin Rome.
Palermo Hollywood: The name comes from the TV channels and filming studios that have build their head quarters and studios in the area. It's a very exclusive area and stands out for the quality of its restaurants (ethnic, international, and nouvelle cuisine).
Palermo Soho: It is called Soho because it is the area preferred by artists and crafts men and women, each weekend it transforms into the scenario for groups of artists showing and selling their work. Fashion designers can be found along with crafts sellers and cultural activities. It's youthful and colorful. There is a mixture between bohemia and modernity resembling somehow the Soho in New York. You can find the Plaza Julio Cortázar, located in the center of various stores, fairs, galleries, bars and restaurants, making it the center of activities of the area. The railroad, sets the limit with Palermo Hollywood.
In Palermo there are other attractions such as the "Jardín Botánico" (botanical garden) inaugurated in 1898, and created by the architect Carlos Thays. Now a days, it occupies the surface of almost eight hectares. The Garden is surprising in itself, but adding to this are the sculptures that it holds within it. It is concidered one of the most esthetically appealing landscapes in the city.
The 25th of June is the day of Palermo.
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