Neighborhoods

Overview of New York City by neighborhoods. Which on would you like to live in?
Upper Manhattan

Until recently, Upper Manhattan has been an untapped resource of good housing in Manhattan. In the last few years, it has been 100_6115gaining popularity for those seeking larger spaces and lower rents but that to has changed. This area now demand what the rest of the City does, competitive buyers and sellers as well as savvy renters and landlords.

Harlem one of the city’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods, thriving in the competitive race for New Yorkers in search for their perfect quarters. Central Harlem features 125th Street shopping district housing yesteryears with the present, history and culture with newest of this vibrant district has taken on. East Harlem holds much opportunity for visionaries.

Morningside Heights is home to Columbia University and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

The College of The City Of New York (CCNY) dominates much of Hamilton Heights. Washington Heights boasts the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the George Washington Bridge and Fort Washington Park.

Hudson Heights, Fort George, Inwood and Marble Hill, on the northernmost tip of Manhattan, feature breathtaking river views and the famous Cloisters museum, located in historic Fort Tryon Park.

Upper West Side

Looking north past AMNH along Central Park West. A major appeal of the Upper West Side is its proximity to Central Park, which runs for 50 city blocks from 59th to 110th Street and encompasses 843 acres, and to Riverside Park, whose western border starts at 72nd street and extends into Upper Manhattan. A Upper Westsidehaven for Rollerbladers, dog lovers, joggers, and cyclists, Central Park also offers entertainment and activities year-round for children and adults. During the summer, Shakespeare is performed in the Delacorte Theater and free events occur all summer long at the Central Park Summerstage. Children can enjoy the Wildlife Center, the Tisch Children’s Zoo, the Carousel, and the Swedish Cottage, where puppeteers perform. Lincoln Center, located at West 62nd through West 66th streets is the country’s foremost performing arts center, offering live orchestral music, ballet, opera, and theater, and is home to the New York Ballet Company and the New York Philharmonic. The American Museum of Natural History, located at Central Park West and 81st Street, is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. The museum is situated on four blocks and owns nearly 40 million specimens, including the mesmerizing giant mounted skeletons of dinosaurs. The famous Hayden Planetarium, long a part of the Museum of Natural History, has been newly renovated and renamed The Rose Center for Earth and Space. In the area surrounding the museum, buildings and homes are being restored, refurbished, and renovated, and old residences are giving way to brand-new apartment towers. Most streets are tree lined and quiet where you will find brownstones, townhouses and pre-war buildings. Modern high-rises are usually found on the avenues.

Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is home to some of the city’s most exclusive shops, boutiques, and salons, located on upper Madison Avenue, and gourmet restaurants are tucked into its tree-lined side streets. The area is known for Upper Eastsideits excellent public schools, including P.S. 6, which ranks number one in New York City and number two in New York state. There are many specialized schools located here as well. East of Lexington Avenue are more affordable neighborhoods, where Third Avenue, Second Avenue, First Avenue, and York Avenue are popular with middle-class families and young professionals. Primarily a residential area, the Upper East Side features a variety of lively restaurants and bars, particularly concentrated around Second Avenue. Access to the Lexington Avenue subway lines makes this area desirable for Wall Streeters and midtown commuters, and Hunter College is conveniently located on Lexington Avenue and 68th Street.

The area between York Avenue and the FDR Drive is known as Hospital Row, which has a concentration of research and health-care facilities including the world-renowned Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Rockefeller University, one of the most prestigious medical-research facilities in the nation.

At East End Avenue and 86th Street is Carl Schurz Park, which overlooks the East River and houses Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York City. Two of the most famous and prestigious private schools are located nearby, making the Carl Schurz Park area a desirable place for families. Upper Eastsiders, as well as Westsiders, enjoy both the vibrancy and tranquility of Central Park. The park fills 834 acres and runs for 50 city blocks. Horse-drawn carriages, in-line skaters, bicyclers, and joggers make use of its pleasant and winding roadways all year round. The park features a children’s zoo; the Wollman ice-skating rink; and, during the summer, its own Delacorte Theater presents festivals of Shakespeare, concerts, and many other summer programs.

Upper Fifth Avenue from East 70th Street to East 104th Street is known as the Museum Mile, home to some of the most famous cultural institutions in the world. Some of the museums are housed in landmark mansions, making the Museum Mile a cultural and architectural feast for the eyes. The world-famous Guggenheim Museum, with its spiral ramp reaching 90 feet above the main floor, is the only building in New York City designed by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, stretches from East 80th to East 84th Streets. Its massive terraced entrance and breathtaking Great Hall are strewn with visitors strolling amid elegantly landscaped flower and shrubbery arrangements. The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum can also be found on Museum Mile. Additionally, The 92nd Street “Y,” located at Lexington Avenue and 91st Street, can be considered a small city unto itself, offering many educational, cultural, and recreational activities. It began as a neighborhood community center and has become a nationally recognized institution. The “Y” offers lectures, theater, musical programs, computer facilities, and a health and fitness center that includes a 25-yard pool. It provides a parenting center, and programs geared specifically for children in art, music, dance, and sports.

 

Midtown

The most classic and memorable skyline in the world looms at the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown district, the backdrop for countless feature films and inspiration for some of the greatest stories to light up the Great White Way. midtownFrom Broadway to 42nd Street, Times Square to Grand Central, Fifth Avenue to 34th Street, Midtown Manhattan lays claim to some of the most celebrated addresses in 20th Century American Culture.

From 34th to 59th Street river to river Midtown Manhattan has enjoyed a decade of rejuvenation that has made it a popular residential choice due to its convenience to transportation and easy commute to business and commercial centers. The more classic residential areas are located on the East Side in Turtle Bay, Tudor City, Murray Hill, Kips Bay, and the exclusive Beekman and Sutton Place neighborhoods. West of Broadway a development boom of skyscraping luxury residences and restoration of the old Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, made famous in the classic film West Side Story, is taking place.

Lower West Side

Capturing Chelsea to Battery Park City, the Lower West corridor offers some of the best nightlife and residential living in

Lower West SideManhattan. Battery Park City is an excellent example of a successful urban planning development. TriBeCa—the triangle below Canal Street-once a warehouse district, is home to some of the city’s trendiest galleries, restaurants, and lofts. SoHo—south of Houston Street–is a thriving destination for shopping and dining. And the diversity and architectural charm of Greenwich Village West and Chelsea make these residential neighborhoods two of the most sought after areas to live in Manhattan.

Lower East Side

The Lower East Side houses communities which make Manhattan complete in excitement of why people travel from all over the world to visit NYC. The Financial District is one of the fastest growing Lower East Sideneighborhoods, with glamorous new construction amid historic landmarks and the bustling South Street Seaport. Home to America’s earliest immigrants, Little Italy, NoLiTa, and Chinatown still retain their ethnic flavor and attract a diverse mix of new residents and nightly tourists. The East Village is one of downtown Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhoods, and the Flatiron/Union Square area is popular with young professionals who enjoy its trendy restaurants, convenience to transportation, and loft-like housing options. A quiet, relaxed residential neighborhood can be found in the historic and charming area surrounding Gramercy Park.

Brooklyn

Area: 71 square miles

Population: 2.5+ million and counting Prior to the consolidation of the entirety of Kings county into the City of Brooklyn, Brooklyn consisted of six towns with clearly-defined borders. These towns were Bushwick, Brooklyn, Flatlands, Gravesend, New Utrecht (a name that has disappeared with changing times), with Flatbush in the middle. The modern neighborhoods bearing these names are located roughly in the center of each of these original towns but it still can be confusing here’s a breakdown.

Bushwick

  • Bushwick
  • Greenpoint
  • Williamsburg

Brooklyn

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Boerum Hill
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Brownsville
  • Clinton Hill
  • Crown Heights
  • Cyprus Hills
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • DUMBO
  • East New York
  • Fort Greene
  • Gowanus
  • New Lots
  • Ocean Hill
  • Park Slope
  • Prospect Heights
  • Sunset Park Flatlands
  • Bergen Beach
  • Canarsie

Flatlands

  • Georgetown
  • Marine Park
  • Mill Basin
  • Midwood Gravesend
  • Brighton Beach
  • Coney Island
  • Gerritsen Beach

Gravesend

  • Homecrest
  • Madison
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Plum Beach
  • Seagate
  • Sheepshead Bay
  • Bensonhurst

New Utrecht

  • Bay Ridge
  • Borough Park
  • Dyker Heights
  • Fort Hamilton Flatbush
  • Ditmas Park
  • East Flatbush

Flatbush

  • Kensington
  • Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
  • Prospect Park South
Bronx

Area: 42 square miles

Population: 1.3+ million and counting

The Bronx is the northernmost of the Five Boroughs of New York City. It is located northeast of Manhattan and south of Westchester County. The Bronx is the only borough situated primarily on the North American mainland (while the other four are on islands). The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, closer to Manhattan, and the flatter East Bronx, closer to Queens and Long Island. Although the Bronx is the third most densely populated county in the United States about a quarter of its land is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium.