So you’re thinking about moving to New York, or maybe moving apartments, and have no idea what all these neighborhoods are all about? I’m here to help! I’ve digested the information from a wide range of sources to build a guide and introduction to New York City’s wide range of diverse neighborhoods!

Astoria

A lively neighborhood that is more affordable than areas in Manhattan and also provides good access into Manhattan for work and entertainment. The N, W, E, M, and R subway lines will be the most direct way into Manhattan. There is a popular food scene and nightlife in Astoria along Broadway, Steinway Street, and 30th Avenue. Astoria Park is a good area for recreation and Astoria is also close to La Guardia Airport. 

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Unpretentious and unpredictable.

Diverse and cultural section of northern Brooklyn. Bed-Stuy, as it is called, is populated by residential apartment buildings and townhomes and is a very residential area of Brooklyn. Public transportation is convenient via the A, C, J, and Z trains that go along Fulton Street and Broadway. Fulton Street is also the main commercial street in the area for shopping, restaurants, gyms, banks, and grocery stores. Bedford Street and Malcolm X Blvd run north to south and also have similar amenities to Fulton St. Two main attractions in the area are the farmers market (Clifton Pl) and the historic brownstones that can be found throughout the area. Some popular eateries and bars are Golda, Brownstone Jazz, Tilly’s Bklyn, Bar Lunatico, and Peaches.

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Boerum Hill

A well-balanced Brooklyn neighborhood.

Small trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn consisting of townhomes and brownstones that is popular among young professionals and families. Boerum Hill is close to Atlantic Terminal and the Barclays Center, which is a main attraction for sporting events and concerts. There is a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in the area, plus shopping and restaurants can be found along Court St, Atlantic Avenue, and Smith St.

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Brooklyn Heights

Well-tailored. Well-tended.

Brooklyn Heights is a very popular residential neighborhood for people looking to escape Manhattan.  Many young professionals are moving here due to its proximity to Manhattan (the 2,3, N,R,W, and A,C subways all go from Manhattan into Brooklyn heights).  Brooklyn Bridge Park, the promenade, and the waterfront Piers provide good recreation options and amazing views of Lower Manhattan and even partial views of the Statue of Liberty. The ferry service can also provide transportation between this neighborhood and Manhattan. Nightlife and restaurants are popular in DUMBO, which is directly north of Brooklyn Heights and easily accessible. Popular restaurants such as River Deli and Noodle Pudding are located in Brooklyn Heights.

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Bushwick

The current landing pad for NYC’s Great Artistic Migration.

Bushwick has evolved into an increasingly hip residential area in Brooklyn. More people are moving here for its cultural and artistic feel as there are many art studios, street art (must see), and local coffee shops. Myrtle Avenue and Knickerbocker Avenue are two of the most popular streets with M and L subway stops. Roberta’s always falls at the top of people’s lists of best pizza in NYC and is located in the neighborhood. The Brooklyn Beer Garden, House of Yes, Featherweight, and Father Knows Best are other places to try while in Bushwick.

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Carroll Gardens

Unassumingly delightful in Brooklyn.

Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood with a close and local community that also has some newer rental properties. The area is primary residential with boutiques, artisanal food shops, outdoor parks and playgrounds, and many shopping and dining options along Smith St and Court St. Lucali is one of the most famous pizza places in NYC and a main attraction for the neighborhood. This is a walking and driving area as there are only two subway stops; however, good access to I-278, a major highway in Brooklyn.

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Chelsea

Chelsea is a diverse neighborhood that contains a combination of older and luxury apartment buildings but is also a neighborhood with many different attractions and things to do. For example, three of the top places to visit are the High Line, Chelsea Market, and Chelsea Piers. Hudson River Park is also located in Chelsea and is a great place for outdoor activities, running/exercise, and sightseeing on the Hudson. The northern most part of Chelsea connects to Midtown West and contains Penn Station and Madison Square Garden with the southern portion providing good access to the West Village. Chelsea also contains bars such as Gallow Green, the Standard Biergarten, and City Winery. Little Island is an outdoor floating park that opened in 2021 that is also in Chelsea.

Chinatown

Some of the best restaurants are located here such as Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Joe’s Shanghai. The food is authentic and traditional and the biggest driver into the area. There are also several parks within Chinatown and good shopping along Canal Street.

Civic Center

Marble buildings and government business.

Small neighborhood surrounded by the Financial District, Chinatown, and TriBeCa. The main driver to this area is New York City hall and City Hall Park There is also good access to the Brooklyn Bridge. The J and Z subways start/end here and provide transportation into Brooklyn.

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Clinton Hill

Artsy but not over-the-top.

Small residential community located in northern Brooklyn that is near Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard,  and Prospect Park. The Pratt Institute is located within Clinton Hill and is famous for its art, architecture, and design programs. Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue provide good access into the surrounding neighborhoods, shopping, and eateries. Check out Emily on Fulton Street for their famous burger or pizza.

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Cobble Hill

Cute shops and cuter babies.

Another small residential community located between Carroll gardens (to the south) and Brooklyn Heights (to the north). Cobble Hill benefits from being near the Waterfront District with access to the ferry, Governor’s Island (location for outdoor concerts, events, and festivals), and the piers located in Brooklyn Heights. Cobble Hill also has trendy and casual restaurants and bars and is home to young professionals and families. It has become a popular place to move to for a trendy and hip appeal.

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DUMBO

Warehouses turned into ware-homes.

Area below the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge is always popular due to its restaurants, parks, and location along the waterfront. Jane’s Carousel is a main attraction along with the parks along the water. The Brooklyn Flea is an outdoor flea market with boutique clothing, food, drinks, and other vintage items. St. Anne’s Warehouse is an old warehouse that now houses concerts, plays, shows, and other performances. One of the most popular picture locations in NYC is located on Washington Street between Front and Water Streets and provides a spectacular view of the Manhattan Bridge in the background and the cobblestone streets in the foreground. Juliana’s, Grimaldi’s, and the River Café are some of the more popular restaurants in the area. 

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Downtown Brooklyn

Operating during normal business hours.

Residential neighborhood in northern Brooklyn that has become popular in recent years for renters who prefer to live outside of Manhattan. City Point BKLN is one of the largest developments in the City that contains both apartments, shopping, and restaurants. The Dekalb Food Mall is a large indoor market with vendors offering a wide range of cuisines. City Point also includes Target, Trader Joes, Macy’s, H&M, and other department and boutique shopping stores. The development of City Point has increased the popularity of the area and the access to subway lines such as 2,3,B,D,N,Q,R makes this neighborhood easily accessible with good access to Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn. It also extends more north to the waterfront and includes  parts of DUMBO and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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East Harlem

Spanish flavors. iQue rico!

East Harlem is also known as Spanish Harlem; a neighborhood thriving with hispanic and latinex culture and restaurants.  The neighborhood extends north of E 96th Street and is east of 5th avenue. Residents here have good access to Central Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and 125th Street contains good access to subways and shopping. Some of the more popular restaurants are Earl’s Beer and Cheese, La Fonda, and Ricardo’s Steak House. Around east 116th Street also contains other bars, restaurants, subway stops, Target, and smaller parks.

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East Village

The East Village is a very lively neighborhood filled with bars and restaurants. First and Second Avenue are two major thoroughfares within the neighborhood that consist almost entirely of these attractions. Some of the most popular places are Tompkins Square bagels, Lil Frankie’s, Au’Zaatar, and McSorley’s which is the oldest bar in Manhattan. Located within the East Village is Alphabet City, a neighborhood that has its own community and old-school feel. Tompkins Square Park and East River Park are great places for recreation, exercising, and gathering with friends. St. Marks Place also has boutique shopping and features some good local eateries. One of the best ways to navigate to and from the East Village is through Manhattan’s bus system that travels north and south via 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenue and east and west along 10th and 8th Street.

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Financial District & Battery Park City

The Central Business District of Manhattan that has the offices of major financial institutions such as banks, investment firms, and the New York Stock Exchange. The main attractions in the financial district are Battery Park, Pier 17, Pier 16, Pier A, and Brookfield Place, which contains bars, restaurants, and shopping. Stone Street is another major attraction in the area that consists of additional bars and restaurants. You can also catch the ferry to Brooklyn, Queens, or to the Statue of Liberty. FiDi is a hub for all major subway lines as well that connect to the rest of Manhattan.

Flatiron District

Bustling big-city streets.

This is one of the most popular areas in Manhattan, albeit its size. The area is focused around Madison Square Park and the iconic Flatiron Building. The N,R,W, and 6 trains all provide good access to the neighborhood. Although not a typical destination to rent an apartment, other attractions in the area include, Eataly (an Italian market), Shake Shack, which is located in Madison Square Park, and Serra Birreria, one of the more instagrammable restaurants in the NYC located on the roof of Eataly.

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Flushing

A top-notch community under the radar.

Flushing contains New York City’s largest Chinatown with authentic Chinese restaurants, shops, and a growing population. The New World Mall is one of the more popular sites that has traditional Chinese food in their food court. Some of the best noodles in the city can be found here, specifically at Lan Zhou Noodles. Soup dumplings and dim sum are also popular and can be found by just walking around Flushing. The area is also home to Citi Field where the New York Mets, The U.S Open, and the Queens Botanical Garden. The easiest way to get to Flushing is via the 7 subway train, but highways such as I-678, Grand Central Parkway, and the Cross Island Parkway also provide good access.

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Fort Greene

Neon leggings, yoga pants, and reusable grocery bags.

This neighborhood lies between Downtown Brooklyn and Clinton Hill with good access to all of the attractions in those areas. Fort Greene Park is also a main attraction for recreation, exercise, and weekend activities. The southern boundary of Fort Greene includes Atlantic Terminal and the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets play and concerts and other events are held. Atlantic Terminal also includes the LIRR and many different subway stations. The community also includes casual restaurants, many local coffee shops, and hip bars.

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Gowanus

Artistically industrial. Or, just industrial.

Gowanus is a small neighborhood in Western Brooklyn located near the Barclays’ center and Atlantic Terminal. Popular restaurants such as Pig Beach and Dinosaur BBQ are in the area as well as the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, which is a fun spot for group parties and hanging out with friends. The neighborhood can be accessed via the D, N, R, or W subway line.

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Gramercy Park

Gramercy is a small area within the East Village that is close to both Union square and Madison Square Park. The area provides good access to restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern, Barbounia, Union Square Café, and Daily Provisions, all of which are very popular eateries in Manhattan. Although the apartments can be on the pricier side in this neighborhood, it is centrally located on the east side of Manhattan.

Greenpoint

Greenpoint is a hip Brooklyn neighborhood that is sandwiched between Long Island City to the north and Williamsburg to the South. The area has also been revitalized in recent years with some new, high rise, luxury buildings; however, most apartments are older vintage and more affordable than similar buildings in Manhattan. McGuinness Blvd, Manhattan Ave, and Franklin Street house most of the restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that are popular in the area. One of the major attractions is the Brooklyn EXPO Center that typically holds large events that attract people throughout NYC. The Greenpoint Ferry and the G subway line provide access to other neighborhoods.

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Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village contains the West Village and the trendy restaurants, bars, and shopping areas that are within this neighborhood. In addition, Greenwich Village also includes Washington Square Park and New York University.

Harlem

Creative culture rooted in rhythm.

Harlem makes up the majority of Upper Manhattan and has many apartment buildings that are well-located. The area is known for its Jazz clubs, African American influence and heritage, trendy eateries, and lively nightlife. 125th Street runs east to west throughout the neighborhood and contains many restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, subway stops, and the historical and famous Apollo Theater, which continues to host concerts and other events. The neighborhood lies directly north of Central Park and East of Columbia University and Morningside Park.

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Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is known for its amazing restaurants located along 9th Avenue and its proximity to Manhattan’s Theater District. It is common to have dinner in Hell’s kitchen before seeing a late show on Broadway. Hell’s Kitchen is also walking distance to Columbus Circle and Times Square, two other major areas of Manhattan for shopping and entertainment. The Javits Center hosts many different conventions throughout the year and is also within Hell’s Kitchen. The western most part of the neighborhood is along the Hudson River and contains parks, running paths, the Intrepid Museum, and there are many luxury apartments located along 10th and 11th Avenue.

Hudson Square

Daytime rush. Nighttime hush.

Small area on the west side of Manhattan with apartments and some office space. The Children’s Museum of Arts and the Fire Museum are also located here. Hudson Square is near Hudson River Park and is bordered by SoHo and Greenwich Village, two very popular and trendy areas of Manhattan.

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Inwood

Silence amid the noise.

A residential community located at the northern tip of Manhattan. Inwood Park and Fort Tryon Park are located in this neighborhood.

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Jackson Heights

A hidden gem in Queens’ crown.

A residential neighborhood of Northern Queens located in between Astoria and Flushing.  The main commercial areas are along Route 25A and 37th Avenue, where the majority of the restaurants, bars, shopping, and subway stops are located. South Asian cultures have provided a huge influence on the area and have made Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan restaurants and heritage a main part of the neighborhood. The main subway line in and out of Jackson Heights is the 7 train, but there is also good access via some of the major highways and roads in Queens. Jackson Heights is also near LaGuardia airport.

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Kensington

Brooklyn charm blended with commercial corridors.

Small residential neighborhood in Brooklyn that is South of Prospect Park. Housing in this area consists of row houses, townhomes, and small single family houses. In addition, older apartment buildings are located along Ocean Parkway, which runs north to south in the area.

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Little Italy

Little Italy is a small area in Manhattan thriving with Italian culture. All you must do is walk down Mulberry Street to find an abundance of traditional Italian restaurants. Puglia, IL Cortile, and Paesano are some places to try as well as Ferrara’s Bakery for dessert (get the cannoli).

Long Island City

Over the last few years Long Island City has undergone a redevelopment and transformation from an industrial neighborhood to a thriving neighborhood with many newly built, luxury apartment buildings. LIC provides new apartment buildings that have more space, newer units, and more amenities that apartments in Manhattan, also at a more affordable price. The Court Square and Queens Plaza subway stations provide a short ride into Manhattan or to other parts of queens. The neighborhood also has good bars, biergartens, breweries, and parks along the waterfront.

Lower East Side

Up early and out late.

The Lower East Side is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Manhattan. The neighborhood is south of Houston Street and has some of Manhattan’s most popular bars and restaurants such as Mr. Purple, Russ and Daughters, Katz’s Deli, and Beauty and Essex. Many people decide to live in this area due to its close proximity to the amazing nightlife the area offers. The Lower East Side is also walking distance from other niche markets such as Chinatown and Little Italy. In addition to the nightlife, the East River Park is nearby plus several smaller museums that can be visited. Ludlow, Orchard, Rivington,and Essex Streets are some of the most popular places to find the bars and restaurants. Canal street is also popular for shopping with all sorts of local businesses.

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Meatpacking District

Bouncers and red-velvet ropes.

Meatpacking is a small neighborhood located in Chelsea that is one of the most popular nightlife areas of NYC. Clubs, bars, and high end restaurants fill this area and it is a major attraction for anyone who is looking for a night out. Catch NYC, The Standard, and Brass Monkey are all located in this area and TAO Downtown and Buddakan are only a few blocks north. The High Line, a 1.5 mile public park, can also be accessed from this neighborhood.

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Midtown East

Ascend the corporate ladder two rungs at a time.

Midtown East is one of the best located areas in Manhattan. Apartment buildings, both luxury and non-luxury, can be found east of Park Avenue, with most located on Third, Second, and First Avenue. Aside from  the Financial District, some of the largest financial employers are located in Midtown East due to its proximity to Grand Central Terminal. The area also has many happy hour locations and other bars/restaurants that are frequented by local residents plus the people working in the area.  Bryant Park, Central Park, and the East River Park can all be easily accessed from different parts of Midtown East. With a large residential and working population, all daily amenities and services can be found within this neighborhood.

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Midtown West

Similar to Midtown East, this neighborhood also provides good access to the same employment areas, plus corporate offices located in Herald Square, Penn Plaza, and near Broadway. Many people decide to live in Midtown West due to its proximity to Port Authority, which has bus service to and from New Jersey, Penn Station, and Times Square, all which have most of the major subway lines that can transport residents throughout all of Manhattan and to the outer boroughs. Midtown West also encompasses Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards, a newly developed office and retail community that has also become a tourist attraction with the inclusion of The Vessel. Hudson River Park also provides recreation and the ability to exercise for anyone living in the area.

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Murray Hill

Post-college party animals.

Murray Hill is the most popular neighborhood for recent graduates and young professionals. The area has many luxury high rise apartment buildings, happy hour locations, a young nightlife scene, plus streets lined with restaurants. The area is walking distance from employment in Midtown plus access to Grand Central Terminal for other jobs located in the Financial District for instance. The restaurants and bars are the major driver into this area that can be found along Lexington, Third, and Second Avenues.

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Noho

Hand-crafted cocktails. Hand-crafted character.

NoHo, or North of Houston Street, is another trendy and smaller residential neighborhood that includes both older style architecture and luxury high rise apartments. Artists such as Andy Warhol used to live here and there are also many music clubs that have been around for years. The area maintains the heritage of the past, but also offers an exciting and fun nightlife. Bars and restaurants line the streets of Bowery and Mercer. One of the oldest bars in NYC is McSorelys, which can also be found in NoHo. They offer only two kinds of beer, light and dark, but it is a must try just to see the atmosphere and history of the area.

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Nolita

Sophisticated simplicity in NYC.

Small residential neighborhood north of Little Italy, south of Houston Street, and west of the Lower East Side. There are some popular places such as Prince Street Pizza (pepperoni slice is a must try), Sweet and Vicious, and Lorelay Beer Garden. It is also a trendy area with coffee shops and an upscale shopping scene, jewelry shops, and other boutiques. Street vendors also line the streets on the weekends.

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Park Slope

Well-behaved children and immaculate park spaces.

One of the more popular neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Park Slope is located directly west of Prospect Park and contains historic brownstone apartments. Bars, restaurants, and boutiques shopping stores can be found along 5th and 7th Avenues. (need to finish).

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Prospect – Lefferts Garden

Caribbean flavors along pristine Prospect Park.

Residential community located directly east of Prospect Park, one of the more popular parts in NYC. The mid-rise apartment buildings and townhomes provide residents good access to the park’s amenities such as running trails, picnic areas, ballfields, dog parks, and other events that take place in the park. The area is also a hip and cultural area with coffee shops, bookstores, boutique shops, bars, and restaurants that line Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. The Q, 2, 5, and B subway lines all provide access to the area.

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Prospect Heights

Prospects look good in this polite neighborhood.

Popular residential community with brownstones and luxury apartments that is directly north of Prospect Park. Vanderbilt Avenue is one of the main streets in this neighborhood and is filled with cafes, bagel shops, bars, and restaurants. Vanderbilt Avenue also connects Grand Army Plaza (part of Prospect Park) to Atlantic Avenue. The main attraction in this neighborhood is the Barclay’s Center, which is home to sporting events such as the home games for the Brooklyn Nets, college basketball tournaments, and large concerts. The Barclays Center is a typical tour stop for many musicians, artists, and bands.

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Red Hook

Artists fall for this neighborhood- hook, line, and sinker.

Red Hook is set within the shipping yards and warehouses on the southwest tip of Brooklyn. Families tend to migrate into the area as it is less congested than other parts of Brooklyn. There are also several schools and parks. Some of the major attractions in this area include Hometown BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and several craft breweries. The City’s largest IKEA store is also located in Red Hook. The best way to access Red Hook is via car; however, there is a ferry stop that also provides direct access from Manhattan.

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SoHo

Retail therapy is less expensive than real therapy.

Located within Greenwich Village, this neighborhood (South of Houston Street) contains some of the best shopping in New York City. The Streets are lined with designer and boutique stores and art galleries that have many also calling it one of the trendiest areas. Additionally, SoHo is home to many high end and top restaurants such as Osteria Morini, Balthazar, Jack’s Wife Freda, Sadelle’s, and Le CouCou. Due to the high end shopping and eating, SoHo is one of the more expensive areas to live; however, residents tend to pay more for the proximity to all these attractions. Washington Square Park, TriBeCa, and Chinatown are also close by with easy access.

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South Street Seaport

Sea shanties and shopping malls.

The Seaport is a niche neighborhood located downtown on the East side. Many restaurants, bars, and shopping can be found in this area with several overlooking the east river. Pier 17 is one of the more popular destinations with multiple floors of restaurants and a roof deck plus outdoor patio area with seating and views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Watermark Bar and Industry Kitchen are other must go-tos when visiting the Seaport. Although there are very few places to live in the Seaport, it is close to luxury apartments in the Financial District or the Two Bridges neighborhoods.

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Times Square/Theatre District

The biggest, brightest billboards you ever saw.

Time Square is the most popular tourist attraction in NYC and one of the reasons why New York got the nickname the “City that Never Sleeps.” The bright lights of all the billboards, broadway theaters, and other attractions light up the sky during the night. You can always find hordes of tourists and other onlookers walking through these streets. All major subway lines converge at Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal is also in this neighborhood, bringing people to and from New Jersey. Times Square is populated by restaurants of all kind, souvenir shops, and some other famous attractions such as; the location of the New Year’s Eve celebration and ball drop, Dave & Busters, Junior’s Cheesecake, Hershey’s Chocolate Store, TKTS (discount broadway tickets), and the Hard Rock Cafe just to name a few. Times Square is also the destination for all Broadway shows and off-Broadway as well. There is always something to do in this neighborhood.

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TriBeCa

Are you on the guest list?

TriBeCa is a popular location for families and young professionals. The neighborhood is close to the World Trade Center, which has almost 100 floors of office and retail space, City Hall, the Financial District, and major subway stations for an easy commute. The Oculus is also close by, which has become a major attraction for both tourism and shopping. The PATH train is also located below the Oculus and provides access to Jersey City, Newark, and Hoboken.  Hudson River Park is also closeby and provides residents with running trails, playgrounds, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, and other fun outdoor activities. TriBeCa is also known for high end shopping and restaurants.

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Union Square

It’s hip to be (Union) square.

The area’s main driver is its namesake, Union Square Park. The park attracts all types of people such as tourists, professionals, local residents, students, and artists. Surrounding the park are restaurants, popular brunch locations, shops, cafes, and other stores that provide people with all sorts of activities. Union Square also hosts a popular farmers market on the weekends with farm raised products and vendors coming from outside of the City. Major subway lines also convene at Union Square and provide access to almost all the other neighborhoods in Manhattan.

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Upper East Side

Nannies. Doormen. Chauffeurs.

The Upper East Side (UES) is one of the most popular and bustling neighborhoods in NYC. This area is east of Central Park and spans from East 60th Street to East 110th St. All types of demographics and age groups live here and either rent or own in all sorts of apartments such as high rise luxury buildings, or 4-story walk ups. Rent levels also vary based on location, but the Upper East Side has a place to live for everybody. Restaurants, shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, bus stops, and subway stations are prominent throughout the entire neighborhood. First, Second, and Third Avenues, for example, have some very popular restaurants such as Uva, Emmy Squared, Quality Eats, Penrose, and Jones Wood Foundry. The area also has some of the fancier shops and stores located along 5th Avenue and MAdison Avenue. The Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are also in the UES. Buses run north and south along these avenues and also East and West along 86th Street, 79th Street, 72nd Street, and 57th Street. Central Park can be easily accessible from any location in this area and Carl Schurz park is another park located in the northern most part that has basketball courts, dog parks, ferry service, and picnic areas. The number of subway stations also makes it easy to commute to work in Midtown, the Financial District, Hudson Yards, or in New Jersey.

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Upper West Side

Impeccable. Immaculate. Inimitable.

The Upper West Side (UWS) is also one of the more popular and bustling neighborhoods in NYC. This area is west of Central Park and spans from Columbus Circle Street to West 110th St. The UWS is also home to all types of demographics and age groups who live in a wide variety of apartment buildings from low and mid rise to high rise luxury buildings. Restaurants, shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, bus stops, and subway stations are prominent throughout the entire neighborhood. Broadway, Columbus, and Amsterdam Avenues are the major locations for all restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, and other everyday services. Two of the main attractions in the area are the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center, which is home to all sorts of performing arts like the opera or ballet. Riverside Park has running trails, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, and hosts many different races such as 5ks and half marathons.  Subway stations run along Central Park West and Broadway and there are also several buses that run north and south along the major avenues and east and west through Central Park.

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Washington Heights

A no-frills neighborhood with Dominican flavor. Buen provecho.

Washington Heights is a residential neighborhood located in one of the most upper most parts of Manhattan. The apartments here are affordable and the area is filled with culture and a good sense of community. St. Nicholas Ave and Broadway contain the major shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, and coffee shops. The George Washington Bridge is also located in this neighborhood, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan. There are also several parks located here for recreation.

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West Village

The West Village is home to some of New York City’s most trendy restaurants, bars, and shopping areas that includes designer boutiques and high-end fashion.  Some local restaurant favorites are John’s of Bleeker Street and Olio E Piu. The area is also a short walk from two major parks within Manhattan, Washington Square Park and Union Square Park that bring together locals and tourists alike. Union Square Park also has a farmer’s market on the weekends. The West Village is also close to Hudson River Park, which provides space for running, walking your dog, playing tennis, and spending some time outdoors with friends. You can also access many other neighborhoods via the NYC subways as there are 10 different trains that have stops in the West Village.

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Williamsburg

Williamsburg has been revitalized in recent years with brand new luxury properties being built within the area. Renters who want to live in these properties, but at a more affordable price can find opportunities in this neighborhood. It has become a hip place to live and there are several extremely popular restaurants such as Peter Luger’s Steakhouse and Lilia. Metropolitan Avenue, Driggs Ave, and Berry Street are also filled with shops and other restaurants. Other attractions include the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, McCarren Park and Marsha P. Johnson State Park. Manhattan is also easily accessible via the Williamsburg Bridge that connects to the Lower East Side. In addition, the J,M,Z, and L trains along with the Ferry connect the neighborhood to Manhattan and other outer boroughs.

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Windsor Terrace

Residential calm along Brooklyn’s best park.

Small residential community in Brooklyn whose main demand driver is the proximity to Prospect Park.

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