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The Financial District
Area: South of Chambers Street.
Pros: Home to many of New York’s most iconic structures such as the Charging Bull, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Freedom Tower, the Financial District is electrifying during the day. With access to many museums, historic sites, and places to eat, there is plenty to do before the sun goes down. Showcasing some of the borough’s most affordable luxury high-rises and one of the busiest transportation hubs, the area can be a great place to live.
Cons: There is not much to do outside of work hours, therefore; residents looking to stay in the area and find nightlife will be disappointed.
Area: As north as Broome Street, as west as Lafayette Street, as south as Worth Street, and as east as Allen Street.
Pros: Affordable authentic places to eat such as Joe’s Shanghai and Great NY Noodletown. There are great deals and loads of shopping to be done. Residents looking for an affordable place to live will be very satisfied.
Cons: With plenty affordable attractions, this area is flocked by many tourists and can get cluttered and noisy. The apartments also tend to be smaller.
Area: South of Houston, down to Canal Street, between Sixth Avenue and Lafayette Street.
Pros: SoHo is one of the trendiest places to live in New York City. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and places to eat. Furthermore, the area is rich with history and has many of the city’s original cobblestone streets.
Cons: The area is very expensive and many of the residential buildings are older.
Area: North of Little Italy
Pros: Among the hottest areas to live in New York, NoLita is a great place to drink, dine, and spot celebrities doing the same.
Cons: This location can have a high cost of living.
Area: Triangle below Canal Street
Pros: Tribeca is a great family neighborhood with tremendous lofts and boutiques for shopping and dining. Home of the Tribeca Film Festival and several parks. Plenty celebrities live in the area and enjoy the many cobblestoned Streets and cast-iron buildings. The area is rich in both history and culture.
Cons: Among the most expensive areas to live in the city. Those looking for bars and clubs will likely
have to visit other areas.
Lower East Side
Area: Between Houston and Canal and east of Bowery.
Pros: One of trendiest areas in the city for bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. There are many theaters, boutiques, and lounges. The Lower East Side is known as one of the most vibrant and desired places to live in Manhattan.
Cons: The many bars and clubs make it busy at night and more of a trendy neighborhood than a family
Area: North of Houston and below Union Square.
Pros: Known for its grit in the 1970’s and 80’s, the East Village has remained as a destination for New York renters. Housing many college students and recent grads, the East Village continues to be a hub for culture.
Cons: Apartments can be old, small, and expensive.
Greenwich Village/West Village
Area: South of 14th Street, north of Houston, and west of Broadway.
Pros: Greenwich Village is a popular neighborhood with many cute shops for dining and shopping. It is here that you will likely find the most vibrant of nightlife in New York. Among the iconic destinations that can be found here are the Comedy Cellar and Washington Square Park. Greenwich Village is often considered the capital for New York Bohemia.
Cons: Among the priciest places to live in Manhattan.
Area: West of Sixth Avenue, north of 14th Street, and south of 30th Street.
Pros: Chelsea is the go-to for art galleries in Manhattan. Those who love nightclubs, art, and shopping will love this area. The art is not the only sight to see; Chelsea is home to the Highline Park, a reclamation project that turned an abandoned subway line into an elevated park running between 10th and 12th avenues. Chelsea is also home to many beautiful luxury high-rises.
Cons: There is little history in the area and it is one of the few in the city without a public school or church. Apartments can also be expensive.
Gramercy Park & Union Square
Area: In-between 14th and 23rd Streets and between Park Avenue South and Second Avenue.
Pros: Gramercy Park is a lovely neighborhood with many coffee shops, restaurants, and parks. Highlighting the area is Union Square. Located on 14th Street, Union Square is a go to destination for Street performers, vendors, and activists. Like many New York neighborhoods, Gramercy Park and Union Square both have great places to eat.
Cons: While lively in culture, the area does not have a strong nightlife.
Area: Below 23rd Street, above 14th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue.
Pros: A Go-to spot for Off-Broadway playhouses, restaurants, and shopping. Flatiron is home to many inimitable examples of classic New York architecture such as the Flatiron building. Proximity to several subway lines to get to both East and West sides of the city.
Cons: There are not many museums, bars, or nightclubs.
Area: North of 39th Street, south of 59th Street, and west of 7th Avenue.
Pros: Has the thrills and entertainment of the Theatre District, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square, yet also the neighborhood comfort of Hell’s Kitchen. This is the area where the top-flight performances can be found and many of the city’s most extravagant shopping centers and museums. Essentially, any entertainment can be found here, and the rent is relatively affordable.
Cons: Cost of living outside of rent is relatively high and some believe living near Times Square can be chaotic.
Area: East of 5th Avenue, north of 39th Street, and south of 59th Street
Pros: The United Nations, Grand Central, and the Chrysler Building are just some feats of architecture that can be found in Midtown East. On-top of that, the proximity to Grand Central gives you access to all MetroNorth Railroad lines. Although the Streets can be chaotic during work hours, there are several parks and quiet streets within walking distance. Apartments in this area generally have good value.
Cons: There aren’t many forms of entertainment in the area; if you are looking for bars, clubs, well-known restaurants, or theaters, you may need to visit another area.
Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Area: East of Fifth Avenue, north of 23rd Street, and south of 39th Street
Pros: Very affordable area with well blended mixture of young professionals and residents who have lived in the area for years. While not known for nightlife, there are several stand-out places to grab a drink. In addition, there are several mystifying skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building.
Cons: Limited options for fine dining and nightlife.
Upper West Side
Area: West of Central Park and in-between 59th Street and 96th Street.
Pros: Boasting incredible museums such as the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society, the Upper West Side is filled with kid-friendly activities. The area is within walking distance to Central Park which is home to beautiful fields, trees, and a zoo. There are several movie theaters and high-profile restaurants as well as Lincoln Center –the best place to find classical music in New York.
Cons: If you are looking for the grit of downtown Manhattan, it won’t be found on the Upper West Side. Family-friendly neighborhood with plenty to do except go clubbing.
Upper East Side
Area: East of Central Park and in-between 59th Street and 96th Street.
Pros: Among the richest zip codes in the entire world, the Upper East Side is home to Madison Avenue shopping, incredible fine dining, and some of New York’s most well-known museums. This area allows you to visit the Gucci store, the Guggenheim, and Central Park, all in one-day. There are also great value apartments outside of luxury high-rises. The new Second Avenue Subway Station allows residents to travel down both the West and East Sides of Manhattan.
Cons: The area is not known for its nightlife and the cost of living can be expensive.
East and Spanish Harlem
Area: East of Fifth Avenue and North of 96th Street
Pros: Harlem is a relatively affordable place to live with many fantastic places to eat. This area is considered to have some of the best Caribbean, Spanish, and soul food in Manhattan. In addition to quality places to eat and affordable apartments for rent, Harlem displays some of the classic brownstones that are synonymous with New York City.
Cons: There aren’t many well-known places to shop nor are there high-profile museums.
Area: North of 110th Street, west of Central Park, south of 135th Street.
Pros: Morningside Heights is one of the few classic yet affordable New York neighborhoods. It is home to Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Manhattan School of Music. Furthermore, it contains iconic New York staples such as Tom’s Restaurant which was portrayed in the hit television show, Seinfeld. The area is bordered by both Riverside and Central Park, which allows for places to stroll and exercise. If you’re interested in large shopping outlets, 125th Street has many stores.
Cons: If you aren’t into college bars, it will be tough to find nightlife around here.
Battery Park City
Area: West of West Street and along the Hudson River
Pros: Battery Park City is a family friendly area with many new residential and commercial developments. There are many popular chain restaurants, boutique shops, and parks. The area is also home to some of the most prestigious public schools in Manhattan.
Cons: The neighborhood can be very expensive in certain parts, is relatively far from public
transportation, and lacks nightlife.
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