Neighborhood Guide

New York City, city and port located at the mouth of the Hudson River, southeastern New York state, northeastern U.S. It is the largest and most influential American metropolis, encompassing Manhattan and Staten islands, the western sections of Long Island, and a small portion of the New York state mainland to the north of Manhattan. New York City is in reality a collection of many neighborhoods scattered among the city’s five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island—each exhibiting its own lifestyle.

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Chelsea

Until recent years, Chelsea was said to be the heart of the Garment and Flower districts. Today, it is one of the city's hottest zip codes. Considered a fashionable place to live, it began as farmland in the early 1800's, becoming more commercial later that century with the coming of an above ground railroad.


Chelsea is located between 34th street and Greenwich Village on the West Side. It is full of off Broadway theaters, new art galleries, and fine restaurants as well as the landmark Chelsea Hotel, a favorite of many famous artists, writers and musicians. During seasonal art openings, the area buzzes with gallery-hoppers that are as interesting to gaze at as the art itself. Chelsea is also home to several popular weekend flea markets and New York City's most modern, state-of-the-art sports complex. Chelsea Piers is a large complex where you can ice skate, drive golf balls, hit inside batting cages or bowl; it also features a health club and many sports leagues. The architecture in this area is unique. East of Ninth Avenue, the spacious and stylish loft warehouses give way to stunning landmark townhouses, prewar co-ops and new luxury high-rise buildings. Traditionalists will appreciate Historic Chelsea's Cushman Row, located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on 20th Street.

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Midtown West

Many consider Midtown West to be the heart of New York City. It is the center of business, entertainment, shopping, and tourism in Manhattan and has undergone a major renovation since the mid 1990's. Extending from 34th to 59th Street between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River, this bustling neighborhood is filled with life and many New York City tourist destinations. Times Square, the Theater District on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Rockefeller Center are all found in Midtown West. Real estate development has been the main part of the renovation as many luxury high-rise building have been built in the area. This is a very attractive place to live due to its location. The ability to walk to work, and the great nightlife that Midtown West enjoys, are only two of the many reasons why this area meets its residents' every need.

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Midtown East

One of the liveliest business sections in the city, Midtown East offers beautiful new luxury buildings as well as old world charm. Located between 30th and 59th Streets on the East Side, this area is home to many corporations such as Met Life and Citicorp as well as the United Nations. The center of Midtown East is Grand Central Station, which has been magnificently renovated, and is an architectural marvel lined with shops and restaurants. With the art deco Chrysler Building illuminating the skyline, every style of home is available in this neighborhood. New luxury high-rise buildings are popular among professionals who choose to live close to work. Townhouses and prewar buildings are also available, with many in the elegant and upscale Beekman area, located between 49th and 51st Streets from First Avenue to the East River. There are also reasonably priced studios and one-bedroom apartments located closer to First and Second Avenues. Despite being one of the busiest places by day, there is no shortage of nightlife here. Numerous delicious restaurants, alluring shops, and jazzy local bars keep residents alive at night.

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Financial district

The Financial District, birthplace of New York City and the nation, is one of the most historic and intriguing neighborhoods in the U.S. Full of winding, cobblestone streets and historic buildings, the Financial District sits on the Southern tip of the island. 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.

In 1995, the Mayor started an Economic Revitalization Program in the neighborhood that began with 5,000 new apartments and the prospect of 7,000 more. Many of the older, large office buildings have been converted to residential space with spectacular views of the water and the Statue of Liberty. 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.

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West Village

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 mélange 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. And, along the Hudson River, new luxury residential buildings offer splendid views of the river as well as the city. Given all this history, color and cool, it's easy to see why the West Village is one of the city's most popular neighborhoods in which to live. Situated between Seventh Avenue and the Hudson River, the West Village stretches from 14th Street to Canal Street.

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Upper West

Ever since Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's depiction of the Upper Westside came to life in the legendary Broadway musical "West Side Story," the area has flourished into a neighborhood rich with the cultural opportunities and diverse experiences that define living in Manhattan. Bursting with entertainment, fashionable stores and gorgeous architecture, the neighborhood attracts a wide variety of residents, visitors and garden-variety wanderers. Charming townhouses, well-appointed co-ops and desirable condos with park and river views tend to be some of the most sought-after residences in the city. You'll also find distinguished prewar brownstones lining the blocks west of Broadway and stunning landmarks that cast shadows along the western edge of Central Park. Two of the most architecturally distinguished buildings on the west side, the impressive Dakota and the Italian Baroque San Remo, with its looming twin towers, are both located on Central Park West.