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New York City is jam-packed full of completely unique neighborhoods.

Which one will you call home?

Luxury high rise buildings in both pre-war and modern designs are scattered between financial institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street and government buildings including City Hall and the New York Supreme Court. Recreational areas in the neighborhood include the South Street Seaport. Bustling during the workday, this neighborhood quiets down for evenings and weekends. Those looking for active nightlife can find it in nearby Tribeca. Neighborhood boundaries are Chambers Street to the southern edge of Manhattan and the Hudson River to the East River. Conveniently located to ferry service to Staten Island and New Jersey as well as the Path trains.

Clean and luxurious, Battery Park City offers an escape from the 9 to 5 grind of neighboring Financial District. Numerous parks provide ample green space, and largely new construction high-rises are filled with large-windowed apartments showcasing breathtaking river views. There are many great restaurants in the area, though nightlife tends to be quiet. Bounded on the east by West Street, the rest of Battery Park is surrounded by the tidal estuary of the Hudson River. There is currently no subway access in Battery Park City proper. However, the West Street pedestrian bridges provide the residents and workers of Battery Park City connectivity to subway stations and the PATH station in the nearby Financial District.

Large loft-styled apartments and luxury buildings amongst cobblestone streets and fading advertisements on plentiful red brick buildings characterize picturesque Tribeca. Low crime rates, great schools including Stuyvesant High School, waterfront access, and clean open streets make it one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. These amenities, however, do not come cheaply, and Tribeca is home to many a celebrity. Boutique art galleries, Michelin starred restaurants, and designer shopping are highlights of the neighborhood. Known also for the yearly film festival bearing its name. Bounded by Vesey Street to Canal and Broadway to the Hudson River.

Classic architecture and trendy shopping and dining characterize Soho’s appeal. Bustling with shoppers during the daytime, plentiful restaurants and bars keep the area active into the night. Living spaces in the somewhat expensive neighborhood include industrial buildings renovated into lofts, low-rise apartment buildings, and some new construction. Cultural highlights include the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of African Art. Bounded by Canal to Houston, and Lafayette to the Hudson River.

NoHo, for North of Houston Street is a landmarked, primarily residential trendy neighborhood where creative meets chic tucked between the two Villages. Architectural features range from 19th-century behemoths like the Great Hall of Cooper Union to sleek, modern high-rises. Once home to artists like Andy Warhol and the legendary CBGB music club, the area stays true to its heritage with trendy galleries and live performances at Joe's Pub. Well-heeled locals mingle in upscale bars and stylish restaurants.

Dense and exciting, a wander through Chinatown is always an adventure. Packed with shops, restaurants, and open-air fish markets, Chinatown is a veritable feast for the senses. Buildings in the area tend to be old tenement-style and their close spacing adds to the neighborhood’s crowded and noisy vibe. Though not officially defined Chinatown is thought to be bordered by Delancey St. to the north, Chamber St. to the South, East Broadway to the east and Broadway to the west.

This historically Italian neighborhood is known for picturesque streets and good food. Little Italy has a multitude of kitschy restaurants and shops specializing in pizza, pasta, and pastry, while right near by, Nolita targets a trendier crowd with quaint cafes offering sidewalk tables for people watching. Low rise apartment buildings house those who can't afford Soho and people who would like to live near, but not in, the Lower East Side.  Bounded by Canal to Houston and Lafayette to Bowery.

The LES is home to NYC's largest concentration of bars and clubs, making it a nightlife destination for residents of all five boroughs.  This once gritty neighborhood, though gentrified, still possesses a “come as you are” vibe. Its streets are crowded with outstanding shops and restaurants open to all hours, and can be electrifying.  Its housing offerings are predominantly low-rise tenement-style buildings with new construction apartments. Today the LES is creeping further south and east into the nearby edges of Chinatown where authentic food and shops cater to city natives and visitors alike.

Laid-back and bohemian, the East Village is known as a fun loving, eccentric, and artistic neighborhood with a diverse range of shops, bars, restaurants, and theaters.  Somewhat more expensive than the Lower East Side and home to NYU, this formerly wild neighborhood has a rich history of music and arts with greenery to be found in Tompkins Square Park. Alphabet City retains some of the grit of its past, though gentrification has taken firm root. A mixture of old low-rise buildings and modern new construction, the architecture is as diverse as the residents. Bounded by Houston to 14th Street and the East River to 4th Ave.

Gorgeous tree-lined streets, filled with brownstones and low-rise apartment buildings zig zag through the sometimes confusing street layout.  This eclectic and ultra inclusive neighborhood is filled with lots of pre-war buildings accented with quant restaurants, bars and shops. Do not be fooled by the charming and intimate facades, Greenwich Village is a bustling prideful area that boasts a trendy nightlife, and is home to legendary Stonewall riots. Schools in the neighborhood include NYU, the New School, and Cooper Union. Washington Square Park provides a calming grass and tree filled recreational space for everyone.

The West Village is a neighborhood in the western section of the larger Greenwich Village are, where people often debate the boarders that separate the wildly popular areas. The West Village draws fashionable crowds to its designer boutiques and trendy restaurants. Winding quaint streets, some still cobblestoned, are mostly lined with Federal-style townhouses and dotted with public squares. The historically arty area also has piano bars, cabarets and theaters that boast very unique intimate venues.

Laid-back and bohemian, the East Village is known as a fun loving, eccentric, and artistic neighborhood with a diverse range of shops, bars, restaurants, and theaters.  Somewhat more expensive than the Lower East Side and home to NYU, this formerly wild neighborhood has a rich history of music and arts with greenery to be found in Tompkins Square Park. Alphabet City retains some of the grit of its past, though gentrification has taken firm root. A mixture of old low-rise buildings and modern new construction, the architecture is as diverse as the residents. Bounded by Houston to 14th Street and the East River to 4th Ave.

Hip and happening Chelsea is filled with nightlife, fashion, and over 200 art galleries. Walkups, brownstones, warehouse loft spaces, and new construction offer a range of different living situations. Chelsea Piers, the Highline, shopping, and enticing restaurants provide a variety of nearby entertainments. Hudson Yards and the slow emerging new neighborhood "SoHy" (South of Hudson Yards) is really giving Chelsea a boost in both residential and commercials aspects. Legendary performance spaces such as the Kitchen, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Joyce are also in the area. Bounded by 14th and 29th, and Broadway to the Hudson River.

Hudson Yards is New York’s newest neighborhood, that not long ago was mostly crumbling buildings and a train yard that separated Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea. After a zoning change in an attempt to win a bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The site is now filled with ultra luxury apartments and home to more than 100 diverse and designer shops and indulgent culinary experiences. Mixed in are also offices that have been scooped up leaders in industry. The center piece of it all, The Vessel; a never ending art design comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs. Also open is a dynamic performance venue, The Shed, the tallest observation deck in the Western hemisphere, The Edge, and 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and groves.

Hell's Kitchen, also known as Midtown West, has constantly been an up and coming neighborhood for years and now more than ever with the all new Hudson Yards mega project to its south. Over the years the world famous, Restaurant Row has brought in endless theater goers for pre-show dinner. The number of hip restaurants, trendy lounges and new developments are popping up all around.  Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, the Javitz Convention Center, and the Intrepid are other cultural highlights. Bounded by 34th to 59th street and 8th Ave to the Hudson River.

Boutique hotels, fine dining, upscale townhouses and apartments make up this sophisticated neighborhood that can feel a bit quiet at night. The exclusive Gramercy Park was first locked back in 1844 and brings an essence of luxury and opulence allowing only those special enough to have a key, to enter. Only its 39 surrounding townhouses, apartment buildings, and clubs can have a key that is changed annually with a $350 fee each time.

An ideal combination of relaxed attitude and midtown amenities, Kips Bay is a family neighborhood nestled in the epicenter of the bustling metropolis. Remarkably residential and reasonably priced for the convenience of its location, the neighborhood boasts a growing variety of restaurants and shops. Notable landmarks include the Kips Bay Towers designed by I.M. Pei and NYU’s Tisch Medical Center.

A unique neighborhood being named after the iconic wedge-shaped Flatiron Building. This commercial neighborhood is also home to tall apartment buildings scattered around. The NoMad area would be more the northern parts once known for the cluster of wholesale stores along busy Broadway, is now a hotbed of luxury condo buildings. Locals and tourists frequent the hip bars, stalls at Italian food emporium Eataly and eclectic food trucks along Fifth Avenue. Another focal point is Madison Square Park, known for its seasonal art installations and the long line at the original Shake Shack.

Murray Hill is a hip mecca for the young, boasting a wide selection of bars and restaurants open late at night and into the early morning. Architecture is a mix of new construction and old townhouses that add a touch of whimsy. Bounded by East 23rd Street to the south, East 42nd Street to the north, Lexington Avenue on the west, and the East River.

The three blocks between Fifth and Eighth Avenue make up one of NYC’s smallest and most desirable neighborhoods. It’s not only the atmosphere that attracts people to Central Park South. Another name for the area is Billionaires Row with the addition of multiple new "super tall" (1000+) buildings carving a new skyline. Besides being close to Central Park you also have easy access to everything else. From subways to famous department stores of Fifth Avenue and some of the city’s best museums and most beautiful monuments are right on your doorstep. The central midtown location also means that no corner of the city is ever too far away.

The Upper West Side is generally expensive area, stunning pre-war landmark buildings along the park, and walk ups and newer condominiums closer to the Hudson River make up the architecture of the neighborhood. It offers a much quieter and more refined lifestyle than the buzzing activity of midtown.  Central Park and Riverside Park offer convenient locations for outdoor recreations, while the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre, The New York Historical Society, and the Manhattan Children’s Museum offer plentiful cultural opportunities. Stellar schools such as the Manhattan Day School and Julliard are also nearby.  Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues have countless restaurants, bars, lounges, and entertainment venues.  Bounded by 59th St. (excluding Columbus Circle) to 110th St., Central Park West to Hudson River.

This famously expensive location known for fantastically extravagant residences along 5th and Park Avenues offers equally charming and more affordable properties off these famous avenues.  Renowned for its clean and quiet atmosphere the UES also boasts proximity to Central Park, Carl Shurz Park, and Asphalt Green. Museum Mile, which includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, The Frick, and The Whitney among others, offers a wealth of cultural experiences. Luxury shopping is available at retail icons such as Sak's, Tiffany's, Bergdorf's, and Bloomingdales, while numerous well known restaurants keep residents well fed. 

Morningside Heights is largely home to young professionals and academics associated with the nearby Columbia University. Neighborhood bars and restaurants cater to the youthful energy of the area. Retail and grocery shopping are popping up new all the time. Bounded by 110th St. to 155th St., St. Nicholas Ave. to the Hudson River.

Harlem's brownstone facades continue to harken back to the jazz age and Renaissance from when the neighborhood came into prominence. Harlem is very much up and coming neighborhood with new residential and commercial developments continuously popping up all over the neighborhood. Cultural sites include the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the Museum of the City of New York. Boundaries for Central Harlem: 110th St. to Harlem River, 5th Ave. to St. Nicholas Ave. Boundaries for East Harlem: 96th St. to Harlem River, East River to 5th Ave.

Washington Heights offers a wonderful opportunity to live in a reasonably priced and often slight larger apartments than in Manhattan being just a quick train ride away from Midtown. The vibrant neighborhood has an incredible array of delicious restaurants with more popping up all the time. The Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is another stunning attraction that brings many New Yorkers to visit this rapidly transforming neighborhood, making it an ideal location to call home in New York City.

The northernmost tip of Manhattan island feels more idyllic than one would imagine an urban neighborhood could. Inwood Hill Park provides recreation in the largest forested area remaining on the island. Columbia University's athletic complex is also located in the area. Due to its suburban-like qualities, Inwood is popular with young families looking for more space while remaining within the confines of Manhattan. As bars and restaurants become more plentiful, however, the neighborhood is gaining popularity rapidly. Bounded by the Harlem River to the north and east, the Hudson River to the west, and Fort Tryon Park to the south or Dyckman St. alternatively.

Roosevelt Island might be just across the East River from Manhattan, but it has the distinct vibe of being totally out of the city. However, the magnificent views of the iconic skyline are a reminder that you're only a train ride or a soaring Tram ride away from the heart of Manhattan. It's a tranquil area—the island's mostly car-free and green spaces can be found everywhere. Joggers and cyclists zip along the promenades and athletes of all ages gather for games on the sporting fields. Buildings on the south side of the neighborhood are closest to the Roosevelt Island Tramway, making them a popular choice for those seeking a quick commute to Manhattan. Here you'll find a number of luxury condos complete with doormen, health clubs, conference rooms and roof decks offering beautiful views of the city.

Brooklyn has a new neighborhood becoming "the" place to live all the time. Rising prices, limited availability and being 3x the size of Manhattan has brought new people to the area for years. So much so that the water front and nearby areas cost nearly the same as the city. Prospect Park offers green space that some argue rival Central Park. While Coney Island provides traditional boardwalk rides and amusements in addition to hosting the yearly Mermaid Parade and Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest. The new Barclays stadium is host to large sporting and musical events, while small concert venues can still be found all over the borough. Restaurants from new and trendy, to longtime neighborhood favorites give residents endless cuisine options. In the Navy Yard re-development, is the first NYC Wegmans Grocery store, who is ranked number 1 in the country by its customers.

Queens is New York’s largest borough by square mileage and is home to the city’s two major airports, JFK and LaGuardia. Attractions include Flushing Meadows Park, where the US Open is held, Silvercup Studios, and Aqueduct Racetrack. Queens is widely regarded as welcoming and homey. Diverse with housing style, Queens offers a variety of neighborhoods such as LIC that is more skyscraper style to more urban Astoria and Ridgewood that are dense apartment-style living interspersed with smaller homes. These areas boast a wealth of ethnic cuisine and mom and pop shops. More sprawling neighborhoods in the eastern portion of the borough like Bayside, are more akin to neighboring Long Island suburbs with more single family homes with yards and driveways.

The northernmost borough is the birthplace of hip-hop and home to the New York Yankees and the only part of New York City that is not an island. People flock to the world-famous Bronx Zoo and the lush New York Botanical Garden, while many locals head straight to Arthur Avenue, aka the “real Little Italy.” Grand Concourse, in the South Bronx, is full of art deco marvels. Recently, the Bronx has been seeing more new events and its very own flea market that serves midnight munchies. Whether you’re looking for a game or to check out one of the best New York beaches it certainly has something for everyone.

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