NYC Neighborhoods

New York is a Patchwork of Neighborhoods.

Each has its own unique personality, people, restaurants, parks, clubs, sports, etc. Read the descriptions below and then click a link to learn more and discover more of the Big Apple!

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Downtown
Downtown Brooklyn is undergoing a renaissance. Just one look from the Fulton Street Mall finds new highrise buildings sprouting up in all directions. While Macy's flagship store (originally Abraham and Straus) dates back to 1883, new shops like H&... [moreby SJS
Downtown
Coney Island
To its loyal fans Coney Island remains the premier New York City getaway. To others, itís a remnant of a bygone era when the masses flocked to its white sand beaches and of course Steeplechase Park. The old Parachute Jump, now a landmark, stands as a... [moreby Thomas Rafael
Coney Island
Herald Square
"Give my regards to Broadway; remember me to Herald Square..." These lyrics by George Cohan memorialize the intersection of 6th Avenue and 34th Street as "Herald Square," named after the one-time newspaper offices of the New York Herald. Today, Heral... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Herald Square
Williamsburg
This neighborhood in northern Brooklyn was once known as a center of the Hassidic Jewish community, as well as a center for immigrants of many ethnic groups. In recent years, it gained a reputation for being a thriving art community, and a epicenter ... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Williamsburg
Upper West Side
Stretching between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side, like the Upper East Side, is largely a residential and shopping area. Who calls the Upper West Side home? It's that it's home to many of Manhattan's intellectuals, and liberal... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Upper West Side
Upper East Side
The Upper East Side showcases New York in all its opulent high culture. Stretching from 59th Street to 96th Street, between Central Park and the East River, this is home to Museum Mile, elite schools, impossibly expensive boutiques, and some of the r... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Upper East Side
Chelsea
On the west side of Manhattan, just above Greenwich village and south of Hell's Kitchen is the area known as Chelsea. At one time, Chelsea was boarded on the north by elegant gardens, which stood in stark contrast to the working-class areas along the... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Chelsea
Harlem
Long known as a major area of African-American culture and business, Harlem reaches north above 96th Street in Manhattan. The region is further broken down into Central Harlem, Spanish Harlem, West Harlem, and East Harlem. In the 1800s, Harlem was st... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Harlem
SoHo
Contrary to the belief of many, Soho was not named after the shopping district in London that bears the same name. Instead, the title is an acronym for "South of Houston Street." This was the first of what became a series of acronyms for neighborhood... [moreby Molly O'Neill
SoHo
Times Square
Times Square is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The epicenter of Times Square is 42nd Street and Broadway, where the New York Times was once located (and where the area derives its name from). In general, though, the term is used... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Times Square
South Street Seaport
There's something for everyone at South Street Seaport, from shopping to history, to good eating! The seaport is a recreated 19th century fishing port, located at the bottom tip of lower Manhattan, between the Financial District and the East River. I... [moreby Molly O'Neill
South Street Seaport
Meatpacking District
Once known as the Gansevoort Market (and once owned by John Jacob Astor, the first American millionaire), the Meatpacking District reaches across about a dozen city blocks, from West 14th Street to Gansevoort Street. The area served as a wholesale ma... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Meatpacking District
Lower East Side
Once upon a time, the Lower East Side was home to tenements, pushcarts, and family after family of immigrants who had come to New York searching for the "American Dream." These immigrants, packed by the dozens into dirty tenement homes, sold their wa... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Lower East Side
Little Italy
Little Italy was once the name for a large neighborhood in lower Manhattan, populated by Italian immigrants. As the Italian immigrant population left the area for other boroughs and the suburbs, the neighborhood gradually shrank. Much of the area was... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Little Italy
Gramercy Park
Gramercy Park - The neighborhood known as Gramercy Park (often shortened to just Gramercy) is a quiet neighborhood located between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue, in the high-teen and low-twenty numbered blocks. Gramercy is centered around Gramer... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Gramercy Park
Financial District
At the southern-most tip of Manattan lies the Financial District, so named because the offices and headquarters of many of the country's major financial institutions are there, including the New York Stock Exchange. The Financial District is often ca... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Financial District
East Village
The East Village is a neighborhood in Manhattan reaching from Houston Street to 14th Street, along the East River to Third Avenue. The East Village lies east of the area known as Greenwich Village (or the West Village), and includes the neighborhood ... [moreby Molly O'Neill
East Village
Chinatown
The Chinatown area of Lower Manhattan is one of the most well-known cultural areas of New York City. Since the 1960s, the population of Chinatown has grown and grown, with immigrants from China as well as an increasing variety of immigrants from othe... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Chinatown
Union Square
Union Square was once the grounds for historic rallies, protests, demonstrations, and gatherings. Today, the park still attracts the occasional protest or rally, but it also maintains a thriving life as a center of culture, entertainment, and commerc... [moreby
Union Square
Greenwich Village
Stepping into the West Village feels like you've stepped into a whole different world. The tree-lined streets wind and meander an an old-fashioned charming way, utterly unlike the formal grid that the rest of the city rests on. The West Village - als... [moreby Molly O'Neill
Greenwich Village