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Ultimate New York Guide by Neighborhood

April 13, 2020
Picture what a city should look like in this day and age and your mind will probably think of New York. When it comes to the urban lifestyle, no other place defines it better than this iconic city. Most especially in Manhattan! Tall skyscrapers, bustling business districts, lively nightlife scenes, and more. It's no wonder so many people live and would want to live here. And it's also no surprise that the city continues to be quite the star, with countless movies and TV series being set here. But in order to experience the real New York lifestyle, which parts are best for you to stay? These Manhattan neighborhoods might be what you're looking for!

Ultimate New York Guide by Neighborhood

 

Gramercy Park

First up, the very underrated Gramercy Park. Whether you're staying in Manhattan for just a week or for the long haul, this neighborhood is probably one of your best options. Along with the countless apartment buildings, it also houses several hotels ranging from the five-star luxurious ones to the more modest accommodations. And if you want to rest, there's no area better for it. Gramercy Park is a good distance away from all the major tourist attractions and crowd-inducing hotspots of New York. The only iconic places here are the Flat Iron building and the Empire State building

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Greenwich Village

When they say that New York is one of the art capitals of the world, they also mean Greenwich village. Home to artists, writers, musicians, designers. Broadway performers, and more, this is where the magic happens. Although their works are often presented outside of the neighborhood—at the MET on Fifth Avenue or at MoMA on 53rd Street, for instance—this is the spot where all these creatives congregate. If you're one to embrace this sort of world, rent an apartment here or stay at a hotel near this area. You'll find an artist or two hanging out within the many coffee shops and classic bars here! 

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Harlem

Speaking of art, the old-school neighborhood for it in Manhattan is definitely up on Harlem! From jazz to streetwear, this place continues to inspire artists and other relatives to keep up its timeless legacy. As one of the birthplaces of the genre, you'll definitely find a good number of awesome jazz places to spend your night in each weekend. Not to mention some soulful poetry readings in the lively novel cafes that have been here since the 1920s, possibly even beyond. And as for fashion? Streetwear is the name of the game and the vintage shops and old-school boutiques are your arena! 

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Little Italy 

Love Italian food? Well, who doesn't? New Yorkers certainly are obsessed with Mediterranean cuisine. So much so that they've devoted an entire neighborhood to the Italians. Little Italy is your spot if you want some great pasta or the best pizza just a few steps away from your place. Even though dollar pizza places are a dime a dozen in New York, you'll only get the best in the authentically Italian establishments here. But beyond the food, the place is bursting with Italian culture that's worth seeing and even experiencing yourself. 

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Meatpacking District

With such a name, you'd think this was one of the lower-class areas of Manhattan. But nope, that's the beautiful irony of the place. Manhattan's Meatpacking District is actually one of their more cosmopolitan areas. The place where shows like Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, and more were shot at. And this comes as no surprise because the area is full of high-class bars, sophisticated nightclubs, and fine restaurants all ready for you to splurge on. It's the type of neighborhood wherein it's liveliest at night, further proving that New York really is the city that never sleeps! 

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Midtown Manhattan

Proud to be a tourist? Want to stay within the same vicinity as some of New York's most famous spots? Don't be ashamed! A lot of people are just like you! And in terms of finding a place to stay in Manhattan, Midtown is your neighborhood! This is where Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, and more are all situated. If you love the bustling urban lifestyle where you walk with crowds and see countless digital billboards. there's really no other area better for you than here. Just bring some earplugs for when you sleep because you never know how noisy this place can be even at night! 

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SoHo

New York is a city of bohemians. At least, in SoHo, that is! Though nowadays, the neighborhood has become so gentrified that it's now one of the most expensive areas in all of Manhattan, you can still see glimpses of its bohemian past when you stay here. Or if you like the place precisely for its glamourous new reputation, even better! This is where most of the fashionable people in the city live. Celebrities, designers, models, social media influencers, and more. It's the combination of the old-school charm with the new age style that draws such people into this area! 

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Tribeca

If you're an indie fan, you're probably familiar with Tribeca. In fact, you probably will want to live here too! And no one will blame you! The neighborhood is as cinematic as it seems, lined with modern art galleries, swanky bars, artisanal cafes, and more. The industrial-style architecture the dominates in this area make for great images, be they on Instagram or in your own independent film. But if you just want to live at a place where it's lively enough to socialize in the afternoon but still peaceful for when you want to sleep in during the weekend, Tribeca is still your neighborhood! 

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Upper East Side

Finally, one of the most famous and high-class neighborhoods on this list: The Upper East Side. Known as the hotbed for the rich and wealthy, only the most elite get to live here. Think multiple-story penthouses, five-star luxury spas, the best shopping in all the world, and Haute cuisines as many as your stomach can handle. When you think of the glitz and glamour of New York, this is what will come to your mind. Now, it's no surprise that places here start with the hundreds of thousands, some even millions! So if you have money to spare and you want to live your best life in Manhattan, this is the place to be! 

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As the song goes, "New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!" And if you want to fulfill and live out your dreams here, especially in Manhattan, these are some of the neighborhoods that you should look into. Staying here will turn you into a true-blue New Yorker for sure! 

 




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