Upper West Side
Developed around the turn of the century as a result of the new subway system, the Upper West Side is home to many gorgeous brownstones, townhouses, and famous prewar buildings. Its unpretentious and independent character makes it a choice neighborhood for a diverse group of people representative of the city as a whole. With its proximity to Lincoln Center and other performing arts venues, it is also a neighborhood of actors, writers, and musicians. The Upper West Side is packed with fashionable stores, trendy bars and restaurants as well as multiple movie theaters. This area is also a great place to shop for food with sme of the best boutique markets in town. The area is also surounded by beautiful Central Park and Riverside Park.
Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is a mostly residential part of Manhattan with an abundance of luxury apartment buildings, townhouses, private schools, legendary restaurants and shopping on Madison Avenue and grand apartments lining Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park. The Upper East Side is an exclusive universe of clean streets, ivy-covered townhouses, designer boutiques, and an abundance of private schools and museums. This neighborhood is packed with culture, class and refinement.
Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen
Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen has transformed into one of the hottest places to live in Manhattan. Residents are attracted to the proximity to transportation, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Hudson River Park & Piers, and nightlife/dining options. Because the area was once supported by breweries, slaughter houses, outdoor markets, neighborhood shops and restaurants the area has a tradition of offering a wide variety of fresh and exotic food options with some of the best dining in town. 9th Avenue is the main strip from 42nd to 57th, with west of 9th Avenue becoming more attractive day by day.
Midtown East stretches from 42nd to 59th Street, 5th Ave to the East River. The eastern part of this neighborhood is filled with luxury buildings, which offer breathtaking views of the East River. Turtle Bay is the site of the United Nations and some of New York's costliest real estate. Beekman Place residents enjoy stately townhouses and elegant apartment buildings that offer river views, many with gardens or terraces. Sutton Place instantly suggests status and affluence to New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike. This quiet enclave is within walking distance to the best Manhattan has to offer in shops, restaurants, theatres and cultural institutions.
Chelsea, with its diverse building styles, is a patchwork of townhouses, prewar low rises and loft buildings. With easy access to downtown and the Village, food shopping, coffee houses, art galleries, and nightlife, it has become a much sought after community by many. In post industrial West Chelsea, old warehouses that were once factories and breweries are being converted into gallery spaces, nightclubs and residential lofts. Chelsea is also home to the brand new High Line Park, newly paved Hudson River Park and the massive Chelsea Piers Sports and Recreation Complex.
This area surrounds Gramercy Park, after which it was named.The park is one square block in size and is fenced and locked, with keys only available to residents of surrounding buildings. This is one of New York's most historic and urbane enclaves. The area is well known for its large prewar buildings as well as its postwar doorman high rises. Gramercy Park includes many restored homes throughout the neighborhood. Valued for its charming streets and filled with synagogues, churches, schools, shopping and places for outdoor recreation, Gramercy Park is a great place to live.
Greenwich Village is homey and intimate; a small town within a sprawling metropolis - a town within a town loved by many. With its tree-lined streets, all named rather than numbered, it is difficult to remember at times that one is still in New York City. The streets of Greenwich Village are lined with boutique and vintage shops offering anything you could ever want to buy. The area is also filled with fine dining establishments and cozy coffee houses. Everything you need is within walking distance. Points of interests include Washington Square Park, Astor Place, New York University, Bleecker Street, and the many historic townhouse lined streets.
For the most part, apartment buildings in the East Village and LES are low-rise and pre-war units, although modern luxury buildings are starting to pop up. The area is home to many affordable ethnic restaurants, nightclubs, coffee houses, music venues, bars and funky shops. Local Parks incude Tompkins Square, Union Square, and Hamilton Fish Park.
TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal Street), was an industrial district that in the last decade has undergone a major revitalization. Many warehouses have been converted to livable residential lofts and new businesses which emerged make the neighborhood much more like a community than an industrial district. Residents like their neighborhood for its vibrancy, as well as for the solitude and harmony achieved by mixed zoning. They lunch in posh restaurants and shop is gourmet food stores, and boast of having everything they could possibly want or need just a few steps from their doors. Tribeca is now a fashionable residential neighborhood with an affluent population. The streets are lined with shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants.
A downtown neighborhood with a vibrant artistic life is Soho (South of Houston Street). Soho is considered to have some of the world's finest examples of the 19th century prefabricated cast-iron architectural style buildings. Once an abandoned industrial district, Soho is now a haven for artists. Many of the huge warehouse buildings have been transformed into lofty studios. In addition to its architectural allure, Soho also offers great shopping, art gallaries and fine restaurants. Soho has become one of the most sought after neighborhoods in New York City.
Battery Park/Financial District
The Financial District is home to many of the hottest new residential constructions as well as the character lined streets of the South Street Seaport area. Close by at the southern most tip of Manhattan lies Battery Park City. This residential area includes numerous hi-rise luxury buildings with views of the Statue of Liberty or the Hudson River. In addition, there are several parks and gardens including Battery Park, and the 1.5 mile esplanade along the Hudson River for walking or biking.