The Neighborhoods Of Manhattan
New York City is full of extraordinary neighborhoods to live in and explore.. Upper East Side
The Upper East Side has been considered Manhattan's most prestigious residential neighborhood covering the East of Central Park to the East River, and from 59th Street at its southern boundary to 96th Street at its northern boundary.
While the most coveted, prewar homes on Fifth and Park Avenues are beyond the financial reach of all but the wealthiest New Yorkers, there are also surprisingly good values that abound nearby. There are exceptional values in all ranges of housing from post-war hi-rises to brownstones, and from rental to coop/ condominium ownership.
It is the perfect quiet, residential area to raise a family with proximity to Manhattan's best private and public schools. Central Park, itself, is the best "backyard" anyone could dream of with it's zoo, playing fields, tennis courts, parklands, rowing and world class natural charm.
The city's largest concentration of its toniest shops and cafes can be found on both sides of Madison Avenue. Yet elsewhere lurking on the eastside, you will find other famous, outrageously expensive stores such as Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses, Henri Bendel, Tiffany's, and Louis Vuitton.
Upward of 70th Street, Fifth Avenue, also known as Museum Mile, is home to some of the foremost art institutions in the world such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Frick Collection.
Only 4% of New York's households are located here, but the neighborhood is home to 18% of the city's lawyers, advertising executives and public relations managers, 21% of its management consultants, 14% of its entertainment promoters and 16% of its economists. Notwithstanding, this is the some of the wealthiest, most expensive real estate in the world. Residents earn an average of around $200,000, and along Park Avenue and East End Avenue that figure rises to about $700,000.
Even the official residence for the Mayor of the City of New York, Gracie Mansion, overlooks the East River at 88th Street!Upper West Side
This area is populated with some of Manhattan's most famous and desirable residential buildings (The Dakota, El Dorado and Ansonia, etc.) the Upper West Side is comprised of 59th Street to the South, 110th Street to the North, Central Park West to the East and the Hudson River to the West.
Central Park West, Riverside Drive and West End Avenue have always been considered family oriented neighborhoods, over recent years this area has become more attractive to young professionals. Purchase prices in the many of the Upper West Side's coveted prewar buildings has approached, and in occasion exceeds, values commonly found on the East Side's Park and Fifth Avenues.
The Lincoln Center complex is home to the Metropolitan Opera and Julliard School of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the New York State Theater and the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
The American Museum of Natural History, located on a stretch of Central Park West between 77th and 81st Streets, houses a collection of millions and millions artifacts tracing the origins of civilization including the celebrated Dinosaur Hall, guaranteed to awe children and adults alike. The museum's Hayden Planetarium is a galactic spectacular and is well worth the invested time.
It is a true pleasure to walk along and take advantage of the well established blocks, trendy boutiques, and restaurants. A few favorites are: Fairway, Zabars and the famous H&H Bagels are all located on upper Broadway.
Designed it the late 1850s Central Park spans 843 acres between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West, and 59th Street to 110th Street.
Many people take advantage of the park by enjoying year-round jogging, running, cycling and rollerblading unconcerned about motorists and or traffic lights. The winter offers, outdoor ice-skating at the Wollman Memorial Rink. In the spring and summer months the park comes to life. You will find opportunities for an adventure everywhere, the old-time carousel, the Zoo, a chair & book and suntan in the wide-open space of the Great Lawn, or perhaps an afternoon of rowing at the Boathouse.
Once the summer months arrive, the Great Lawn is also the venue for many free concerts. Autumn offers everything from horse fans enjoying the crisp autumn air and turning leaves for a leisurely trail ride through the Park's winding bridle paths to cheering on the thousands of participants in the annual New York City Marathon.
Whatever the season, your age and your particular interest, Central Park surely has something for everyone.
Midtown, encompassing the vast area between 34th Street to the South, 59th Street to the North, First Avenue to the East and Seventh Avenue to the West, is Manhattan's main business, commercial and retail district. This area is well known for many world famous attractions.
The Empire State Building: This 102 - story landmark building still draws over 3-million visitors per year. Nothing compares to the views from the outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor and the indoor observation deck on the 102nd floor.
Macys's: Touted as the "World's largest department store" Macy's is located at Herald Square. The Macys's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun and exciting New York tradition.
Chrysler Building: Remains one of New York's most treasured and visible landmarks. The art deco inspired stainless steel spire is without a doubt an architectural marvel and the gargoyles always make for an interesting conversation.
Grand Central Station: Grand Central has benefited from an extensive face-lift over the past several years. The ceiling's renovations are a sight to see, depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. Not to be missed are the intricate marble details and eye catching chandeliers. Built at the turn of the 20th Century, the terminal houses an extensive array of retail establishments and eateries.
The New York Public Library: Located adjacent to Bryant Park, this spectacular building is noted by its memorable statues of two lions representing Patience and Fortitude.
Times Square: Times Square is indeed a festival of lights, neon and excitement not to be missed. Once famous for its X-rated theaters, crime and prostitution, the area has been totally revitalized and is now completely family friendly and a pleasure to see.
Rockefeller Center: Best known for our "Christmas tree", lighted each year in early December, Rockefeller Center also is home to restaurants, as well as the studios of the NBC television network.
Radio City Music Hall: Famous for "The Rockettes", Radio City also attracts world-class musical acts in a wonderful art deco setting.
St. Patrick's Cathedral: St. Patrick's is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and the seat of the archdiocese of New York. Built over 100 years ago, the cathedral provides a sanctuary to the hustle and bustle of Midtown. Newly installed Archbishop Egan presides over the services.
Museum of Modern Art: Locals call it MoMa, and it's one of the world's most important museums of modern art. Plan to spend at least an afternoon, as the permanent collection is quit extensive.
Carnegie Hall: Built in 1891 and named for steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, this intimate concert hall is the staple of success for many of the world's greatest performers.Downtown
Lower East Side: Located just below Houston Street to the North, between the Bowery and East River to the West and East. Known for the wide array of ethnicity, this area has tremendous shopping and eating institutions. One place you should be sure not to miss is Katz Delicatessen, known for their tremendous sandwiches.
Chelsea, Flatiron and Gramercy: These three distinctive neighborhoods cover a wide horizontal sphere, with common boundaries to the South at 14th Street, and to the North 23rd Street.
Chelsea, which runs from the Hudson River to the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue to locals), is largely residential area with a varied mix of high-and mid-rise buildings, brownstones and industrial lofts. The neighborhood's increasing popularity over the past 20 years, particularly among young families, has lead to the development of an impressive array of restaurants and shops.
Chelsea Commons, an 800-foot long Epicurean marketplace, sells everything from bread to fruit, to house wares and flowers. The development of Chelsea Piers has also provided a huge economic boom to the district. Chelsea Piers offers: ice-skating; rock climbing; equestrian endeavors; gymnastics, golf, two restaurants, a marine center, bowling facilities and classes for every sport.
Heading eastward into the Flatiron district, which overlaps Chelsea on Sixth Avenue, over to the Eastern boundary of Park Avenue South, you will find yourself surrounded by many top name boutiques. One such store is: ABC Carpet and Home. A one-of-a-kind department store devoted to the beautiful home. Antiques, furniture, rugs, linens and other home decorating items.
Another Flatiron specialty is "Union Square". Filled with numerous eateries that line either side of the Park, New York's premier Greenmarket, set-up on the northernmost point each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. You will be able to find seasonal and organic produce, flowers, freshly baked breads and pies.
Gramercy Park, historically known to once be one of the City's most elegant residential neighborhoods. Bounded by Park Avenue South and Second Avenue, its lovely tree-lined streets emanate much of the charm and warmth of the past. One of the privileges of this district is its own private park, accessible only to area residents who are provided with a key.
Greenwich Village: Continues to be a popular place to live. Divided into two separate neighborhoods, the Village is bounded to the South by Houston Street, to the North by 14th Street, to the West by the Hudson River and to the East by Lafayette Street. Broadway is the dividing line between the two, distinctively different, districts of the Village. Commonly referred by most people that live in the Village: West of Broadway to be defined as "Greenwich Village", while the area to the East of the Broadway to be defined as the "East Village". So when discussing the "Village", it is commonly understood that one is speaking of the area West of Broadway. Those referring to the area East of Broadway will always qualify their discussion by using the distinction "East Village".
Greenwich Village has a charming, small-town feel with its irregular tree-lined streets, brownstone apartment buildings, and elegant townhomes.
The Village's informal atmosphere has long attracted those of unconventional thinking-writers, actors, academicians, scholars and artist who preferred to stay well out of the mainstream. New York University, The New School for Social Research and Parson's School of Design all call the Village home.
Greenwich Village is also home to many fine restaurants that will satisfy a range of tastes as well as budgets. For a completely different night out, try a late Friday or Saturday dinner at Florent, A French bistro/diner in the Meatpacking district. The food is not the thing here, but the people watching is superb!
Experimental theaters, avant-garde clubs such as the infamous CBGB, funky boutiques selling cutting edge street fashion and numerous unlicensed vendors selling every type of used household item imaginable.
Tribeca: Formally an area of heavy manufacturing and industry, Tribeca is now home to New York's trendiest artist, Models and actors. Tribeca refers to the area designated as the Triangle Below Canal Street, bordered to the East by Broadway, to the West by the Hudson River, to the South by Chambers Street and to the North by Canal Street.
Alternative galleries and pricey boutiques line West Broadway, the area's major thoroughfare. Some of the City's most difficult dinner reservations are in Tribeca's numerous restaurants including Montrachet, Chanterelle, Bouley Bakery, Nobu and the Tribeca Grill.
Chinatown: New York City's Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese settlements outside of Asia. Bordered on the South side by Worth Street, to the North by Canal Street, to the East by Broadway and Park Row and to the West by Baxter Street, Chinatown lacks specific tourist attractions. Like Tribeca and many other Manhattan enclaves, it is the neighborhood itself that is the attraction.
A profusion of trinket shops, jewelry shops, open-air markets, and of course, restaurants create a year-round Asian festival atmosphere. Epicurean delight's abound-from Thai to Vietnamese, to the more traditional cuisine's of Canton and Shanghai-and are usually quite reasonably priced.
Little Italy: Encroaching on Chinatown Northward, Little Italy remains one of the most infamous turn-of -the -century ethnic quarters in New York. Bounded to the South by Canal Street, to the North by Houston Street, and to the East and West by the Bowery and Lafayette Street, respectively, Little Italy has been the backdrop for scads of Hollywood movies. From basic Pizza to amazing Sicilian specialties, food is definitely the neighborhood attraction. .
Soho: Soho (which stands for South of Houston) is a premiere destination for the world's trendiest jet setters, New York's SoHo district has something to offer just about everyone. Bordered to the North by Houston Street, to the South by Canal Street, to the West by Sixth Avenue and to the East by Broadway, Characterized by the imposing cast-iron architecture of the late 19th Century built for manufacturing and warehousing, SoHo was mostly abandoned and then re-discovered by starving artistd who were attracted by it's cavernous spaces with good light and comparatively low rent. In the early 1980s, as the area's popularity spread, soaring rents drove the original artist colony to seek less costly neighborhoods. Their exhibition galleries remained however, and today the works of some of the world's most celebrated contemporary artist are on display commanding shocking prices.
Lower ManhattanThe southernmost tip of Manhattan Island, beginning at Battery Park and moving northward to Chambers Street, is New York's financial center and historic hub. As little as fifteen years ago, this almost exclusively commercial area was nearly deserted after 6:00 pm during the work week..
Today, residential development has lead to a vast number of full-time residents who enjoy not only a speedy commute to work, but also the thousands of new shops, services and eateries that have sprung up as a result of the increased population.The development of the South Street Seaport and World Financial Center complexes in the early 1980s, have made this area one of Manhattan's major tourist destinations.
The World Financial Center: Before September 11, 2001, this was a vast office and retail complex with a celebrated glass and marble winter garden crowned with soaring Royal Palm trees. Now tremendous incentives to move back into this area forebode a re-birth after the 9/11 tragedy.
Bound between, the Hudson and East Rivers, from 110th Street to 165th Street, many neighborhoods are still currently undergoing renovations as people spread their search throughout Manhattan in their quest for more affordable housing. One of the area's most notable attractions is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This awesome Episcopal cathedral, on 112th Street near Columbia University, is exceptional in its melding of Gothic, Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. The Cloisters, located in Fort Tyron Park, a bit above Harlem proper, is on e of the most tranquil cites in all of Manhattan. In addition to housing one of the most impressive collections of medieval art in the world