The Financial District encompasses the entire area of Manhattan below Chinatown and Tribeca to the southern tip of the island. Several office buildings in the area have been converted for residential use, making what was once a quiet place after the business day a vibrant neighborhood bustling with shops and restaurants that cater to the growing fulltime population. This is a great location for those wishing to walk to work on Wall Street. Also in the area is Battery Park City, a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood within walking distance to the downtown business district. Battery Park City is a small “city within the city” with shops, restaurants, and even a marina. The Financial District is home to the South Street Seaport with its beautiful harbor views and many shops and restaurants. Open-air concerts are also held here. At the very tip of the island spectacular views of Governors and Ellis Islands, the Statue of Liberty can be seen. Also within walking distance are the Castle Clinton National Monument and the Jewish Heritage Museum.
Tribeca (Triangle-Below-Canal) extends south of Canal Street, down to Barclay Street, between Broadway and the Hudson River. The area is made up of lofts, once used for light manufacturing and warehouses, which have slowly been converted into luxury rental and loft condo buildings. TriBeCa boasts some famous residents such as Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro and Mariah Carey. Tribeca has many high-priced, fashionable restaurants and clubs as well as its share of avant-garde clothing, design shops and galleries. Every top restaurant in town can be found here. Tribeca is safe, has great schools and is no more than 15 minutes from Midtown.
SoHo (South-of- Houston) extends from West Houston to Canal Streets, between Sixth Avenue and the Bowery. Artists began to move into this once drab manufacturing area in the early 1970’s, taking over abandoned lofts and buildings and turning them into homes and galleries. SoHo has since developed into a beautiful and trendy neighborhood. Once home to a few cutting-edge shops, huge artists’ lofts and low-key bars, Soho now rivals Madison Avenue as an upscale residential and retail neighborhood. Surrounded by 19th century cast iron architecture, the entire neighborhood is the city’s only landmarked district and is famous for its shops, galleries and some of the city&rsquo;s best restaurants including Alison on Dominick Street and Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street.
The Lower East Side is a neighborhood that was once largely identified as an immigrant, working class area but now serves as a sought after spot that is home to many fashionable boutiques, trendy restaurants and an effervescent art scene. Once placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation & Most Endangered Places, the LES continues to blossom as fresh architecture quickly replaces the pre-war customary type building. As a result, this mix of new and old leads to many complementary streetscapes and scenery. The LES is home to many parks including the popular La Plaza Cultural and surrounded by East Houston Street to the north, Canal Street to the south, the East River to the east and Bowery to the west. Known as one of the oldest neighborhood’s in the city, the Lower East Side is definitely a place with new charm that you many take pride in calling home.
The East Village extends from East Houston Street to 14th Street, between Fourth Avenue and Lafayette Street and the East River. Home to the original New York punk scene and bikers for decades, the East Village has boomed in recent years into a community alive with residents from all over the world. The available housing consists mainly of walk-up buildings, many of which are now refurbished, and several new residential buildings. The East Village has become home to trendy shops, art galleries, bars and every type of restaurant imaginable. There are also several movie theaters within walking distance, including the newlyrenovated Sunshine Theater on Houston Street.
Greenwich Village (West Village) extends from Houston Street to 14 Street west of Fourth Avenue and Lafayette Street. However, Greenwich Village proper is now thought of as being the area west of Sixth Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. The Village has been widely known as a bohemian community of artists and writers since the 1920’s, yet it is a neighborhood that never stops evolving and renewing itself. With New York University, Washington Square Park and a busy shopping district at its center, it continues today to be a popular and active place to live. Every turn can bring you to a place rich in the city’s history. Due to the lack of high-rises, the residential streets remain beautiful and elegant with many attractive old brick townhouses and pre-war apartments. There are also many classic condo and co-op buildings in the area.
Located from 24th St. to Union Square, and from 5th St. to 1st Ave., this chic neighborhood was once home to Edith Wharton, Theodore Roosevelt, and Eugene O’Neill. The Gramercy neighborhood is so named as it surrounds the only private park in New York, Gramercy Park, positioned between 20th and 21st streets. One look through Gramercy Park’s high railings will reveal a spacious garden and beautiful statues. One such statue is of actor Edwin Booth in the role of Hamlet. In 1888, Booth founded the influential Players Club at 16 Gramercy Park. Beyond the Players Club, Gramercy is also home to many great restaurants and shops.
Chelsea extends from 14th Street to 29th Street, west of Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the Hudson River. Chelsea is located nearby the garment district and is in the midst of the flower district. Apartments in this neighborhood can be found within many walk-up buildings, lovely brownstones, and loft-type structures. Many new stores have opened up along Sixth Avenue and an impressive assortment of restaurants can now be found on Eighth Avenue. The area is home to the Joyce Theater and many other noted art galleries located on the westernmost blocks of the neighborhood.
Battery Park City is a unique part of Lower Manhattan in that the land of its location was created by land reclamation along the Hudson River using surplus soil and rock that was excavated from many large construction projects including the World Trade Center. 92 acres total, BPC is home to many businesses and business professionals alike that work in the nearby financial district. Residential areas of Battery Park City are separated by the World Financial Center which is also in close proximity to the beautiful yacht harbor at the North Cove. The southern section is more densely populated while the northern area remains under construction of larger 20-45 story buildings. The breathtaking views and openness of the neighborhood are characteristics that are definitely to be taken advantage of.
South of Grand Central Terminal from East 29th to 42nd streets, from 5th Ave. to the East River, Murray Hill is home to many of New York’s luxury high rises. Locals believe the W Hotel on 39th Street brought elegance to the neighborhood. The area underwent significant development in the 1990’s, and many experts agree that the best values in town can be found here. Convenient to everything, Murray Hill is near such New York landmarks as The Empire State Building, Bryant Park, The Chrysler Building, and three world-famous medical centers. If shopping is your game, Murray Hill is home to great shops like Macy’s at Herald Square, and Lord & Taylor on 5th Ave. and 39th Street.
Midtown’s East Side includes two of Manhattan’s most upscale neighborhoods, Sutton Place and Beekman Place. Midtown East extends from the 40’s to the 50’s, east of Fifth Avenue. Many businesses and consulates are located in the area, making it easy for many residents to walk to work. The famous historical district of Tudor City, Sutton Place Park, the United Nations, and the Roosevelt Island Tram are also located here. The buildings range from lavish sky rises, office towers and grand townhouses to historic brownstones and newer, smaller apartment buildings. Shoppers will not be far from Saks, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf’s and Bloomingdale’s. Countless pharmacies, cleaners, delis and take-out places conveniently line Second Avenue. It is an area that is full of life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Noho (north of Houston Street) and Nolita (North of Little Italy) neighborhoods may be smaller in physical size, but their charm and reputation for exclusive, higher end and mostly loft style apartments are surely hard to pass over. Broadway and Lafayette are the two main avenues that define this area that is full of trendy shopping and dining while serving as a location with a little less concentration of tourists that typical tend to flock to its counterparts, Soho and Little Italy. The local feel in conjunction with the amazing reputation has certainly allowed this neighborhood to reign as one of the most highly sought after. Noho and Nolita are undoubtedly no longer just a pass through to the surrounding communities.
Midtown West, or Clinton, extends from 30th Street to 59th Street at Columbus Circle. It includes the area west of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River. This is an up and coming residential area that offers everything from performing to culinary arts. It has long been home to many theater and dance professionals. Living spaces include high-rise condos interspersed with smaller, prewar buildings and huge loft spaces. The classic Midtown West skyline has changed dramatically with the completion of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in 2003. This complex is a destination for locals and tourists alike, with world-class shopping, award-winning restaurants, movie theaters, a 5-star hotel, 200 luxury apartments and a huge concert hall for Jazz at Lincoln Center. This complex will add to the already famous Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall and The Broadway Theater District. Spend sunny days walking or cold day ice skating in nearby Central Park, take in a movie at one of the areas many movie theaters or spend the day shopping at the area’s countless clothing stores.
Manhattan’s Upper East Side extends from 59th St. to 96th St. east of Fifth Avenue and is known as one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in which to live. The neighborhood consists of stylishly restored old mansions, luxury high rises, stately townhouses and several of the best co-ops/condos in Manhattan. This district includes access to some of the finest public schools as well as private elite schools such as The Dalton School and The Brearley School. Central Park is a simple westward stroll away. Art lovers will find that they can walk to favorite museums such as The Metropolitan, The Guggenheim, The Frick and The Whitney and also visit the famous auction houses of Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Posh boutiques and classy intimate restaurants enhance the area’s elegance.
Manhattan’s Upper West Side extends from 59th St. to 110th west of Central Park and is recognized as a diverse cultural area. Many people have migrated to this area to enjoy the pre-war family-sized apartments, brownstones, walk-ups, and extravagant new condominium buildings. Residents with children will find excellent private schools in this area and will benefit from easy access to both Riverside and Central Park. Cultural buffs will be smitten by the proximity to Lincoln Center, The Museum of Natural History, The New York Historical Society and The Manhattan Children’s Museum. There are numerous unique boutiques, specialty food stores, eclectic restaurants and trendy bars on the Upper West Side.
The Flatiron District, named after the historical triangular shaped Flatiron building, is a primarily commercial area yet also houses many hidden luxury apartments. The Flatiron District is surrounded by areas including Union Square, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Gramercy Park. Once considered the Toy District for its popularity in housing clothing and toy manufacturers, it now gleans with all different arrays of businesses, retailers and beautiful living areas. One of the most appealing aspects of this area is the central location of the lovely Madison Square Park whose beautiful tree lined paths and must taste Shake Shack cannot be missed. The perfect dose of expected city hustle and bustle, this is certainly a magnificent place to call home.
Upper Manhattan refers to the more northern region of Manhattan. Much like other primarily residential neighborhoods, Upper Manhattan may not be a large center for tourism, but it is that quiet and private feeling that gives it the charm it deserves. Most appealing about Upper Manhattan remains its always true air of history that extends as far back as our ancestor’s time. The area has certainly been shaped by its economic booms and busts and the cycle they continue on, but the scenic attractiveness as well as its continuing positive social and economic changes remain.
Union Square, largely defined by Union Square Park, is a historical area surrounded by the Flatiron District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Gramercy. The park’s size has increased over the years to 3.6 acres providing a home to famous statues and long lines of benches and oak trees. Although a largely sought after destination spot, residents new and longtime enjoy calling this area home. There are many popular restaurants a step away and the always favorite Greenmarket, the city’s largest and oldest farmer’s market, occurs four times a week. Many buildings of The New School are within the area as well as parts of New York University making Union Square truthfully quintessential NYC living.