Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City.
New York County is the most densely populated county in the United States, and one of the most densely populated in the world. It is also one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, with a 2005 personal income per capita above $100,000. Manhattan is the third-largest of New York's five boroughs in population behind Brooklyn and Queens.
Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Its financial heartbeat is on Wall Street. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. The metropolitan area's employment, business, and entertainment activities are largely here. For this reason many residents of Brooklyn, Queens and the other boroughs often refer to a trip to Manhattan as going to the city
New York City has the lowest crime rate among the ten largest cities in the United States. Since 1990, crime in Manhattan has plummeted in all categories. Including, an 88% drop in murders from 503 murders in 1990 to 62 in 2008. Robbery and burglary are down by more than 80% in the same period, and auto theft was reduced by more than 93%. In the seven major crime categories, overall crime has declined by more than 75% since 1990.
Battery Park City
Boundaries: Chambers Street, south to the tip of Manhattan, west to the Hudson River and east to West Street.
BPC is a relatively new neighborhood constructed in the last 30 years. Approximately one third of its land mass is soil from the original WTC’s foundation. BPC was planned as a residential community for WTC and Wall Street workers and for this reason most apartments are one and two bedrooms.
BPC has its own suburban energy and likeness. The tree lined streets are quiet but the park is alive with joggers, bicyclists, skaters and people just having fun along the esplanade right along the Hudson River. Families and professionals alike choose BPC for the convenience to the financial district. BPC boasts a marina, free outdoor concerts at the South Street Seaport and Winter Garden, an 11 movie theatre, restaurants, shopping an outdoor plaza.
The September 11th tragedy, hit BPC hard when most of its residential buildings were evacuated. Since then, the neighborhood has fought back to a sense of normalcy.
Boundaries: From 14th Street to 34th Street, Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River
Chelsea was formerly a warehouse district. This dynamic, pulsating neighborhood has transformed itself to become one of Manhattan’s most sought after. Most of SoHo’s art galleries have moved here particularly west of Ninth Ave. Other neighborhood attractions include the Highline Park, Chelsea Piers and the Chelsea Market. Chelsea is also convenient for walking to some of the city’s other happening neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District, Greenwich and West Village.
There’s something for everyone regarding housing from historic brownstones & townhouses to condominiums with high end finishes and amenities. Chelsea boasts a plethora of off Broadway theaters & fine restaurants. Transportation is never an issue with seven subways servicing the area.
Boundaries: Stretching from the tip of Manhattan to Park Place and east and west from the West Side Highway to the East River
FiDi is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Manhattan. FiDi is comprised of many narrow winding streets with history at every turn. Among the many historic sites is Federal Hall, The New York Stock Exchange and Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel. Trinity Church was destroyed and rebuilt making St. Paul’s Chapel the only surviving structure in Manhattan from the Pre-Revolutionary War period.
FiDi came into its own as a neighborhood in recent years attracting a boom in residents. Residents finally have outstanding food shopping such as Zeytuna, Jubilee and Gristedes, high end retailers Tiffany and Hermes, a wide array of restaurants including Capital Grille & Haru. Residents here enjoy the European style cafes on Stone Street and Front Street. The South Street Seaport bustles in the summer with a wide assortment of shops restaurants, cafes, hotels as well as regularly scheduled concerts, boat rides and tours.
Many office buildings have been converted to condos to accommodate demand in FiDi. This trend continues with newly built 8 Spruce Street, the tallest residential tower in Manhattan at 76 Floors and 903 Apartments
Boundaries: 14th Street to 23rd Street and Park Avenue South to the East River.
Sandwiched between bustling Union Square and Murray Hill, this residential neighborhood is considered one of the safer, quieter areas of Manhattan. In 1831 Gramercy Park was designed and today is the city’s only private park. Residents around the park pay a fee annually for access. The area all around the park is a historic zone with elaborate brownstones, Victorian style architecture including some mansions. Gramercy has quiet, tree lined streets once home to historic icons Theodore Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde and John F. Kennedy.
Gramercy also has a vibrant nightlife including live music at The Fillmore, city renowned restaurants & Pete’s Tavern (the city’s oldest standing saloon)
Lower East Side
The State Historic Preservation Office voted unanimously to add a narrow triangle of Chinatown and Little Italy as an historic district in 2010. These two ethnic communities are some of the most visited neighborhoods among tourists and locals. The area is buzzing with energy all year around. Famous for its authentic Italian and Chinese restaurants, The San Gennaro feast, Chinese New Year festival, vibrant open air fish and fruit markets, small shops and masses of street vendors.
Little Italy runs from Canal Street north to East Houston St. & from Mulberry to Mott Streets and Bowery to Lafayette Street. Chinatown runs from Canal to Worth Streets and the Bowery to Church. Chinatown is home to more than 150,000 immigrants from all over Asia. Parts of what was the original Little Italy have made way for the ever expanding Chinatown community.
The Lower Eastside sits in the Southeastern part of Manhattan roughly bounded by Houston Street, Division Street, the East River and Bowery Street. The Lower East Side is home to a variety of cultures and peoples of many different interests ranging from designers, writers, professionals, musicians & artists. With its bargain stores, funky new nightspots, varied ethnic restaurants and music venues, this neighborhood has something for everyone.
Amazing rental deals, many of them in walk-up buildings are available if you are lucky enough to know of them. In addition, there are some lofts that are great bargains compared with their neighbors in TriBeCa and SoHo.
Boundaries: From 34th Street to 57th Street and Fifth Ave to the Hudson River
Parts of this area is also known as Hell's Kitchen which starts west of 8th Avenue. City zoning limits buildings to six stories high. Although most buildings are older walk ups exceptions are often made hence new condominiums with top notch amenities have sprouted. A great number of actors reside here for convenience to the Broadway theatres. The area is also highly sought after for convenience to the business district and excellent choices for transportation.
Ninth Avenue is a foodie’s paradise with a multitude of ethnic restaurants including Vietnamese, Thai, Turkish, Indian, Ethiopian, Caribbean, French, German, Peruvian and many more. Restaurant Row is located on 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth ave and primarily caters to the Broadway crowds.
Midtown West is New York's busiest tourist destination with top attractions such as Time Square, the Broadway shows, Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City. It's also the top business and shopping centers. You can find relief from the crowds and corporate rush by staying west of Eighth Ave or east to the beautiful Bryant Park area. Korea town stays open 24hrs with authentic restaurants, karaoke joints and billiards halls. For concerts and sporting events there's the Iconic Madison Square Garden.
Boundaries: 23rd Street to 40th Street and Fifth Ave to the East River
Named after the Murray family in the 18th century, Murray Hill was primarily farmland. The neighborhood has come a long way since with no shortage of throbbing nightlife, swanky restaurants and cozy cafes. Known for its large collection of townhouses, Murray Hill also offers plenty of hi-rise condominiums loaded with amenities and even some landmark carriage houses.
Murray Hill attracts young professionals, students and families with its affordable housing, convenience to midtown and public transportation. The area is also situated ideally for traveling to neighboring areas such as Gramercy and Union Square.
Boundaries: Houston Street to Canal Street and Broadway to The Hudson River
SoHo literally means “South of Houston” pronounced house-ton. SoHo boasts the largest collection of Cast iron buildings in the world. The different styles of architecture including Neo-Greco and Italianate were mostly constructed from 1840 to 1880.
Similar to TriBeca, SoHo was once an industrial hub. In the 1970’s the neighborhood was sought after by artists for its large windows and lofty spaces. Today SoHo is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and home to celebrities and the well to do. On weekends Soho is teaming with people from all walks of life, exploring its high end fashion boutiques, cobblestone streets, European style cafes, ultra chic restaurants, five star hotels, and Art Galleries.
TriBeCa literally stands for “The Triangle Below Canal Street” and stretches south to Chambers Street, west to the Hudson River east to Broadway and north to Canal Street.
TriBeCa was once NYC’s industrial hub with its cast iron warehouses. Developers have long since converted many of its buildings to luxury condominiums and lofts. Originally sought after by artists, now the area is in high demand by celebrities, financial execs and the like. Every spring The TriBeCa Film Festival draws movie industry aficionado’s from around the world. West Broadway and Hudson Street have scores of world class restaurants including Nobu, Mr. Chow and Ninja.
TriBeCa is less populated than other Manhattan neighborhoods with approximately 20,000 residents. Prices reflect the demand and supply imbalance with rentals averaging $5,000 and sales in the multimillion dollar range.
Upper East Side
Boundaries: from Central Park at Fifth Avenue to the East River, and 57th Street to 96th Street
Some of the city’s most prestigious families, from Rockefellers to Roosevelts, Kennedys to Carnegies have called this home. At the heart of the city and part of the Upper East Side border is the world famous Central Park. Also bordering the area is Museum Mile with some of the city’s best museums.
Some of the most expensive real estate in the United States is here with Penthouses costing in the tens of millions of dollars. You’ll also find some of the more affordable housing in the city especially towards Second and First avenues. Many young professionals and families rent or buy their first home here.
Madison Avenue is host to some of the city's most glamorous shopping including Armani, Ralph Lauren and Gianni Versace. Throughout the area, there is no shortage of trendsetting restaurants, cozy cafes and ethnic cuisine. Also popular for its numerous elite schools such as The Dalton School and The Chapin. World-class hotels include the Carlyle, the Mark, and the Lowell.
Upper West Side
Boundaries: Central Park West to the Hudson River and 57th Street to 110th Street.
Some of the most distinguished buildings in the city are located here including The Dakota, where John Lennon lived and San Remo, with it's Neo Classical twin towers. Families, professionals, students and everyone in between flock to the Upper West Side to be close to Central Park and Riverside Park, two of the city's most popular parks.
Beyond the parks this neighborhood has something to offer everyone. Fine restaurants, boutique shops, intimate cafe's and gourmet markets such as Zabar's and Fairway are never far away. This is also home to the widely popular Lincoln Center, The Julliard School, American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is filled with high end shops, restaurants and hotels.
Mostly a residential neighborhood, the Upper West Side is loaded with lovely townhouses and magnificent brownstones on tree lined streets. Central Park West is home to some of the most desirable and expensive apartments in the city. Time Warner Center Condominiums also boast hefty price tags. Many celebrities and CEO's have bought here for it's unrivaled views and convenient location.
Overall the Upper West Side is a real neighborhood with friendly people, and every convenience you could want. And by the way, the transportation is also excellent.
The West Village goes from Sixth Avenue west to the Hudson River and from 14th Street to Houston Street.
Known as Little Bohemia from 1916, The West Village is primarily residential. Most buildings are under 5 stories with a few exceptions such as One Jackson Square and Richard Meier's tower at 173-176 Perry Streets. The streets are laid out in an 18th century off the grid style, where streets are set at an angle to one another. This makes it confusing navigating for both tourists and residents alike.
The West Village is one of the more expensive neighborhoods. Credit this to its quaint European style cafes, intimate restaurants, small theaters, boutiques, music clubs, the Hudson River Park & great transportation. This trendy neighborhood is full of cobblestone tree lined streets & beautiful brick townhouses loaded with charm such as gardens & fireplaces.
Queens is a New York City borough on Long Island across the East River from Manhattan.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with the Unisphere, a 12-story 1964 World's Fair globe sculpture, hosts the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament. The park’s Queens Museum is known for the "Panorama," a building-for-building model of New York City. Nearby Citi Field is the stadium of pro baseball team, the Mets.
Long Island City, A redeveloped industrial area along the East River in Queens, Long Island City is known for its gleaming high-rises with sweeping views of Manhattan. Innovative art galleries and performance spaces, as well as pockets of trendy bars and restaurants, appeal to local artists and young professionals. MoMA PS1 showcases cutting-edge art and hosts seasonal dance parties. Locals enjoy the quiet riverfront park.
Flushing, one of the largest neighborhoods in Queens, has a large and growing Asian community. The community consists of Chinese, Koreans, and South Asians. Asians have now expanded eastward along the Northern Boulevard axis through Murray Hill, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston–Little Neck, and eventually into adjacent Nassau County. These neighborhoods historically contained Italian Americans and Greeks, as well as Latino Americans. The busy intersection of Main Street, Kissena Boulevard, and 41st Avenue defines the center of Downtown Flushing and the Flushing Chinatown, known as the "Chinese Times Square" or the "Chinese Manhattan". The segment of Main Street between Kissena Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, punctuated by the Long Island Rail Road trestle overpass, represents the cultural heart of the Flushing Chinatown. Housing over 30,000 individuals born in China alone, the largest by this metric outside Asia, Flushing has become home to the largest and one of the fastest-growing Chinatowns in the world as the heart of over 250,000 ethnic Chinese in Queens, representing the largest Chinese population of any U.S. municipality other than New York City in total.
Woodside is home to a large Filipino American community and has a "Little Manila" as well a large Irish American population. There is also a large presence of Filipino Americans in Queens Village and in Hollis.
Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It shares borders with Hunters Point and Long Island City to the west, Astoria to the north, Woodside to the east and Maspeth to the south.
Astoria, in the northwest, is traditionally home to one of the largest Greek populations outside Greece. It also has large Spanish American, Albanian American, Bosnian American, Bulgarian American, Croatian American, Romanian American and Italian American communities, and is home to a growing population of Arabs, South Asians, and young professionals from Manhattan. Nearby Long Island City is a major commercial center and the home to Queensbridge, the largest housing project in North America.
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Kew Gardens Hills have traditionally large Jewish populations (historically from Germany and Eastern Europe; though more recent immigrants are from Israel, Iran, and the former Soviet Union). These neighborhoods are also known for large and growing Asian communities, mainly immigrants from China.
Jamaica is home to large African American and Caribbean populations. There are also middle-class African American and Caribbean neighborhoods such as Saint Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, Laurelton, and Briarwood along east and southeast Queens.
Corona and Corona Heights, once considered the "Little Italy" of Queens, was a predominantly Italian community with a strong African American community in the northern portion of Corona and adjacent East Elmhurst. From the 1920s through the 1960s, Corona remained a close-knit neighborhood. Corona today has the highest concentration of Latinos of any Queens neighborhood, with an increasing Chinese American population, located between Elmhurst and Flushing.