Gramercy Park is one of New York's most historic and unique neighborhoods. Centrally located on the East Side, residents have the convenience of living downtown, coupled with a sophistication generally reserved for the toniest uptown neighborhoods. This pristine area extends from 14th to 24th Street between Fifth and First Avenues. With many prewar and post war buildings, the true elegance of Gramercy Park is displayed by the beautiful 19th century townhouses, Victorian brownstones, and prewar buildings surrounding the park , built by such famous architects such as Emery Roth and Calvert Vaux. Gramercy Park gets its name from the only private park in the city. Key access is needed and is given to those who live on the perimeter of the park.
Known as the oldest residential neighborhood, Gramercy is also home to many fabulous restaurants, trendy nightspots and lots of great shopping. Given its many charms and convenience, this safe, tight-knit neighborhood draws young professionals and older residents alike.
Chelsea is located to the south of the Garment District 34th Street, and north of Greenwich Village, and the Meatpacking District that centers on West 14th Street. Chelsea is home to many artists who escaped the higher rents in SoHo. It is mostly a residential neighborhood. Between 10th and 11th Avenues, there are more than 200 art galleries that are home to modern art from upcoming artists and respected artists. Chelsea Piers, a large sport complex is located right next to the Hudson River. It offers many recreational activities for the entire family: skating, rock climbing, indoor golf, bowling, children's playgrounds, health club and spa. The Hudson River Park which runs from Battery Park, all the way north to the Washington Bridge is a great place to bike, jog and relax overlooking the river. The High Line has been recently renovated and it offers another great spot to walk to the Meat Packing District.
Greenwich Village is an area of the city known for its Bohemian lifestyle. It is located between Houston and 14th Street. It is one of areas of the city where the roads lose the simple grid pattern.
It is a charming city area with lots of coffee shops, jazz clubs, bars, Off-Broadway theaters and many restaurants.
Located in lower Manhattan, the area stretches from 14th Street to Houston Street and from Bowery Street to the East River. While it still maintains a hip, happening feel, the East Village is seeing more families arrive, and many young professionals now call it home. The refurbished Tompkins Park is the main park in the East Village, offering a welcome respite from city life. The East Village is one of the more unique neighborhoods in the City with a "happening" reputation and colorful past. While the areas close to Fifth Avenue have always been popular, revitalization further east has transformed the East Village into an entity of its own. Once considered the stepsister of the West Village, the East Village is catching up to its neighbor with its own trendy cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.
Situated between Seventh Avenue and the Hudson River, the West Village stretches from 14th Street to Houston Street. The West Village is as charming and colorful as any neighborhood in New York City. With a rich history and culture, the West Village still has its quaint mlange of narrow streets from its early days as a small country village. Best known as the home of the bohemian and the hip, today it is a modern day mecca for writers, artists, intellectuals, radicals, actors, and students as well as many professionals and families. Because of its old world charm, many people have been drawn to this area. With its quiet streets, low-rise townhouses, and profusion of cafes, shops, small theaters, boutiques, bodegas and music clubs, the Village is reminiscent of European cities, such as Paris and Budapest.
Noho stretches north from Houston Street to East 9th Street and east from Broadway and Mercer to Lafayette Street and the west side of Cooper Square. Noho’ name stands for North of Houston. Full of trendy shops, cozy restaurants, and popular retailers like Tower Records and Crate and Barrel. Originally, artists occupied most of the residential lofts in the 1970's and '80s, but now there are a wide variety of homeowners. The blocks east of Broadway hold a certain magic: wide cobblestone streets pave the way to huge celebrity-owned lofts, not to mention some of the city's finest boutiques and restaurants. Along Broadway, you'll find many different styles including Neo-Greco, Renaissance, Romanesque and Classical. There are also many gorgeous 19th Century townhouses, which are part of Noho's historic district. With some of the city's best restaurants and trendiest nightlife, Noho is a highly popular neighborhood.
Soho (South of Houston) used to be an industrial district with many cast iron buildings, and in the 1960's an influx of artists came and saved the area. By impeccably restoring the old warehouses into spacious and attractive lofts, Soho became a trendy place to live and the area flourished. Soho is one of the best shopping neighborhoods and the most fun to explore. Prime action is on Broadway and its intersecting cobblestone streets. The area, with its fashionable boutiques, clothing stores, see and be seen restaurants, and high-end street peddlers, is bustling with people from every walk of life. Soho also includes 250 or so art galleries, four museums, performance centers, swanky lounges, bars, nightclubs and spas. Many beautiful buildings abound in different styles such as Victorian Gothic, Neo-Greco, and Italianate.
NoLiTa (North of Little Italy) is a small neighborhood just north of Little Italy. Its boundaries today are Houston Street to the north, Kenmare Street to the south, Broadway to the west and Bowery to the east. NoLiTa became popular with professionals and visiting Europeans. Its central location, the quiet charm of its streets, the near absence of through-traffic and a variety of small restaurants and boutiques on the ground floor level of the neighborhood's low-rise buildings, constitute its biggest draws.
Lower East Side:
While the exact boundaries of the neighborhood are open to debate, we can say that the area is bordered in the south and west by Chinatown (north of Broom St.), in the west by Nolita and in the north by the East Village. Lower East Side remained a neighborhood for immigrants of many nations for several decades, but it has undergone gentrification in recent years and is increasingly populated by young professionals, artists, students and hipsters.. Even today, a walk down Delancey Street, the neighborhood's commercial heart, there are signs in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Whether you want to eat, drink, shop, or just hang out, the Lower East Side truly has something for everyone. Clinton Street and Orchard Street are lined with upscale restaurants and boutiques, although Orchard Street is still dominated by discount clothing stores. Clinton Street and Ludlow Street between Rivington Street and Stanton Street become especially packed at night, and the resulting noise is a cause of tension between bar owners and longtime residents. Also, the Lower East Side is home to many live music venues.
Tribeca is another very trendy residential New York Neighborhood, whose name stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal. The artists who left SoHo to escape the rising cost of real estate came to Tribeca. You will find many of the city's art galleries in this area as well as many restaurants shops and bars. The area is adjacent to SoHo so you can expect to find some of that same great cast iron architecture. With its cobblestone streets Tribeca, neighborhood, New York City is a pleasant and quiet neighborhood with a sprinkling of good food and diverse bars and only a short walk from a half dozen more crowded shopping, business and tourist areas in this city that never sleeps.
On the southern tip of Manhattan lays Battery Park City, one of the newest neighborhoods in the city. Battery Park City offers expansive greenery, tree-lined streets and spectacular water views. The quiet calm of this self-contained neighborhood feels more suburban-like than Manhattan. Battery Park City is bounded by Chambers Street in the North to Pier A, and West Street to the East to the Hudson River. Residents can enjoy waterfront walks, biking along the esplanade and the myriad galleries of nearby Tribeca. Many families and professionals also enjoy the proximity to the financial district, making it easy to get to and from work. Battery City Park sports a Marina, free outdoor concerts at the South Street Seaport and Winter Garden, and boats sailing off to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Financial District is located east of Battery Park City, on the southern tip of Manhattan. The Financial District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan full of winding, cobblestone streets and historic buildings. It is now undergoing major restoration and is again considered one of New York's City's special gems. Wall Street is the focal point of this neighborhood, a narrow street that is home to the New York and American Stock Exchanges. South Street Seaport is also a very popular destination. It boasts many shops, restaurants, bars and antique ships that have been converted into floating museums. During the day, the Financial District is as busy if not busier than any other neighborhood in the world; however, at night, there is a lot of peace and quiet. The neighborhood has emerged as an around-the-clock community for working, living and entertaining. It offers an elegant residential neighborhood, world-class cultural institutions, and a center for music, dance and visual arts events.