Stretching from 42nd Street north to 59th, Midtown East’s occupants include some of Manhattan’s most iconic sights. Visit bustling Grand Central Station, enjoy the breathtaking architecture of the Chrysler Building and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, take a look behind-the-scenes at the United Nations, or indulge in legendary shopping at the original Saks Fifth Avenue or FAO Schwarz. All of this and more can be found in Midtown East.
There is certainly nothing square about the Triangle Below Canal Street, better known as TriBeCa. A neighborhood full of contrasts, TriBeCa is a definite change of pace from the sensory overload of Midtown. With historic buildings nestled beside modern high rises, chic boutiques, high-end restaurants and quaint cafes, TriBeCa is the place to experience the best of New York. From urban chic to full on glamour all in one small triangular space, it's easy to see why the to the world-renowned TriBeCa film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal calls TriBeCa home.
SoHo, or South of Houston, is a charming historic neighborhood where boutique shopping, exceptional dining, chic art galleries and the best of Manhattan culture meet. Bordered by Houston Street and Canal Street, this vibrant area was originally known as the Cast Iron District due to the numerous buildings that boast this façade. The SoHo of today sees streets filled with tourists, shoppers, celebrities and vendors selling original artwork.
Upper West Side
The Upper West Side is home to some of New York’s most famous residents and impressive attractions. The American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Opera House are neighborhood habitants, along with high-fashion boutiques and high-end restaurants. The Upper West Side is just as posh as the Upper East Side, and makes a great launch pad for visitors.
Upper East Side
Home to many of the city’s wealthiest and most prominent residents, the Upper East Side is a sophisticated neighborhood set along the majestic beauty of Central Park. Home to coveted addresses, fine dining, luxury hotels and upscale Madison Avenue boutiques, it also includes some of the country’s most renowned artistic and cultural institutions. Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile which includes the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art, resides in this posh Manhattan district.
Bordering Midtown East, Murray Hill offers a quieter alternative to the bright lights and busy streets of Midtown. This low-key residential area is set amidst a sea of New York landmarks from Grand Central Station to the Chrysler Building. A breath of fresh air from typical Manhattan madness, Murray Hill is a great place to begin your New York City adventure.
Lower Manhattan/Financial District
The most southern neighborhood in Manhattan, Lower Manhattan is an economic and historic powerhouse. Battery Park, Wall Street, the Financial District and the New York Stock Exchange are just a few of the notable attractions. Those looking to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as Staten Island will be well suited to stay in Lower Manhattan.
Often what comes to mind when one pictures New York City is bright lights, a bustling crowd and non-stop activity. If this is what you are looking for than the Theater District is where you want to be. Home to Times Square and Broadway, the Theater District is obviously the most popular spot for tourists. Teeming with eye catching marquees, diverse dining and luxury hotels, the Theater District is a must-see for any first time visitor or Broadway fan.
Located in Lower Manhattan’s west side, this storied neighborhood was once the bohemian hub of New York City. And while it still retains a unique charm, today’s Greenwich Village is home to off-Broadway theatre, a number of city parks, streetball, universities and a number of celebrities. Its unique architecture and layout truly make it a village within the big city.
For a true New York City nightlife experience, the Meatpacking District is the place to be. Named after the meat plants that used to reign this part of Manhattan, the district today features swanky clubs, chic eateries, and trendy independent shops. Full of non-stop action, late-night revelers flock to this chic neighborhood.
Stretching from West 34th to 59th Street and 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, Hell’s Kitchen still has that up-and-coming vibe to it. Neighboring Chelsea and Midtown, Hell's Kitchen is full of interesting and eclectic restaurants and Off Broadway theaters. With a rich history of gangsters and speakeasies, Hell's Kitchen now offers tourists a character-filled neighborhood just off the beaten path.
One of so many memorable New York landmarks, Union Square is a popular city meeting place that’s as picturesque as it is well-located (at Broadway and Fourth Ave.). Check out Greenmarket for local fare year-round, as well as the area’s many restaurants and bars, thought to be among the best the city has to offer.
Built around Gramercy Park, this neighborhood is one of the most exclusive in all of Manhattan. Filled with beautiful flowers and meticulously manicured foliage, the fenced-in private park is off limits to the general public. Only local residents and guests of select hotels nearby have keys that grant them access. Featuring independent shops, bistros and delis, Gramercy Park is a quiet neighborhood in the heart of Manhattan.
The neighborhood of Chelsea has truly flourished over the past few years. What was once a low-income neighborhood sandwiched between Hell’s Kitchen and the Meatpacking District, is now a hub for artists and galleries. With the development of New York’s popular High Line, a public park built atop a historic freight rail line, Chelsea has become one of Manhattan’s most desirable and eclectic neighborhoods.
Home to some of New York City’s most sought after attractions, a visit to the Midtown West neighborhood is inescapable. The electrifying lights of Times Square and the grandeur of the New York Public Library can both be found in this area that stretches from Broadway to Central Park South. Other attractions that call Midtown West home include Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and the Museum of Modern Art just to name a few.
Lower East Side
Manhattan’s Lower East Side was built by Eastern European immigrants who came to the city to make their mark. Bordered by SoHo and Chinatown, it is an eclectic area full of designer shops, cutting-edge galleries and stylish nightlife. You can still find, reputedly, the best bagels in the city, but you now have a plethora of choice when it comes to dining. If you’re looking for a hipper, edgier alternative to Chelsea, this is where you should be.
The formerly gritty East Village neighborhood – it was punk rock-central at one time and a regular hangout of Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop – still retains its urban edge, but now is home to some of New York’s top vintage and design shops, reasonably-priced restaurants that have earned a cult-like following and some of the city’s best bars and cocktail lounges. You’ll find it bordering East Houston Street to East 14th Street and between 4th Avenue and the East River.