It’s clear that New York City is one of the most exciting cities in the world, so today we are breaking down the most exciting neighborhoods that contribute to this highly-regarded reputation. It was a difficult list to make since no area truly lacks when it comes to this great city, but here are a few I’d like to highlight:
The beautiful waterfront views and quiet tree-lined streets make you feel like you’re at home while visiting the neighborhood that never sleeps. In recent years Williamsburg has become known for its indie rock, hipster, and art cultures. Over 100,000 people now reside here and it has become one of the most desired neighborhoods in New York City.
2. LES/ East Village
The colorful Lower East Side/ East Village area has always been the go-to place for casual hangs. From strolls through Tompkins Square Park to music enjoyment at the legendary Mercury Lounge, this area adapts and changes for the various types of people it summons. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan, it is also one of the most diverse.
3. Meatpacking District
From the beautiful Highline Park to the incredible shopping and chic hotels, the meatpacking district gives you charm with style. This area once stood as a crime hub, but by the early 2000s, it became one of the most desired neighborhoods for nightlife and shopping.
4. Upper East Side
Whether you’re looking to explore the streets admiring the charming NYC architecture or prefer the indoor scene viewing art at the Moma or Whitney, the UES keeps everything classic. Of course, lets not forget a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) which is the largest art museum in the United States . As of 2012 The Met occupies an astonishing 2,000,000 square feet.
5. Theater District
If the lights and energy in Times Square alone don’t excite you, the incredible entertainment will. If you’re looking for cheap Broadway tickets, the TKTS stand offers great last minute deals while the new outside seating allows for some great people watching.
6. Battery Park City
Battery Park City is the most southwestern tip of Manhattan making it the closest city view you’ll get to Lady Liberty without accidentally stepping on her toes. Since 9/11 this area now not only reminds us of our freedom but is a testament to the strength of New York, New Yorkers and the rest of the United States. The 9/11 museum was completed in September and is now open to the public.
7. West Village
The West Village is known for many things, but if you have a sweet tooth then a visit down the cobblestone roads to Sockerbit Candy is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The West Village has been the home to many celebrities including Robert De Niro. De Niro bought his brownstone 30 years ago after he got his first big paycheck for the film Taxi Driver. He sold the home this year for a whopping 9.5 Million.
Chinatown is for the explorer. While there are authentic cusines found behind every door, the legendary Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the first Dim Sum parlor, established in 1920. I would suggest heading over to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for dessert immediately following your dim sum adventure.
9. Long Island City
The iconic Pepsi sign is just the tip, from the PS1 Moma Summer Series to the new Bricks at LIC wall climbing park, this developing neighborhood is full of new activites to be discovered. Please don’t be confused by its name, Long Island City is located in the Queens borough (not Long Island as most would assume). The modern high rises are offering great deals and short rides for Manhattan commuters. There is a whole lot of ‘new’ happening behind that vintage sign.
Under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is Girmaldi’s Pizza and some of the best ice cream in town. Tell them Suitey sent you. Once you’re done, hop on the ferry and take a relaxing water cruise back in to Manhattan. It’s always interesting to see the new things you notice when you view the city through different forms of transportation.