About the area
Downtown New York lies south of 14th Street and covers the whole south tip of Manhattan all the way to both rivers. Many people consider Chelsea, Flatiron and Gramercy as part of this area, so if we take those neighborhoods into consideration, then we can say that it starts around the 30's. We will use that for our website purposes.
1. Chelsea neighborhood is the area on west, between W 30th and W 14th Streets. It is home of many art galeries, great dining and nightlife.
2. Gramercy Park neighborhood is the area on the east, between E 23rd and E 14th Streets, with its west border on Park Avenue. A quieter area still close to the action.
3. Flatiron neighborhood lies between Chelsea and Gramercy around 5th, Madison and Park Avenues. The well preserved old architecture gives this area a historic and pictoresque charm.
4. Union Square is the area around the Union Square Park, where everything can be found in this small area: Theater, department stores, Whole Foods supermarket, as well as several restaurants and bars.
5. Greenwhich Village is located west of Broadway, between 14th and Houston Streets; it western portion is referred as the West Village, distinguished by its off grid streets and old town charm.
6. The East Village is the area east of the Greenwich Village. A more bohemian neighborhood that preserves a more laid-back attitude, surrounded by unique small restaurants and bars.
7. Soho is located between Houston and Canal Streets, west of Broadway. Distinguished by its cobblestone streets and spacious cool lofts.
8. Nolita (North of Little Italy) corresponds to a small area east of Soho. Very trendy neighborhood! Combines chic boutiques, relaxing coffee shops and outdoor dining with a charming old village feel.
9. Little Italy, it includes 3 blocks on Mulbery St ending on Canal Street. It is home of italian stores and restaurants. As Nolita expanded south, this little area is getting more attention.
10. Lower East Side (LES) is located east of Bowery, between Houston and Canal St. Fun area for casual dining and nightlife.
11. Tribeca lies South of Canal and West of Broadway. Elegant neighborhood with cobblestone streets and timeless cast-iron buildings.
12. China Town extends to the east from Broadway and to the south from Canal St. A real Chinese town still preserving its people and culture.
13. Financial District (Fi-Di) which is the neighborhood located on the southern tip of Manhattan. Old New York turned into modern high end with its new highrises and the new Brookfield mall
14. Battery Park City is the soutwest area along the Hudson river across the highway. It is like a little city away from the city; residential quiet area with doorman buildings and parks along the Hudson River.
1. The High Line Park: Amazing elevated park created on top of old train tracks. It starts at Gansevoort Street and extends all the way to 34th Street.
2. Washington Square Park: Located in Greenwich Village around 8th and 4th Streets. It is distinguished by the Arch facing 5th Avenue and its vibrant live entertainment. Home of the NYU campus.
3. Madison Square Park: Located in Flatiron on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue
4. Chelsea Market: Located between 9th and 10th Avenue, and between 15th and 16th St. Historic preserved building which includes a food hall and stores.
5. Eataly: Located on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. It is an Italian marketplace with many restaurants, bakeries, coffee place and more.
6. West Village off grid streets: This old and charming area is located West of 7th Avenue between Morton Street and 14th Street. Beautiful tree lined streets, some still with cobblestones, surrounded by small restaurants, boutiques and shops.
7. Financial District Stone Street: Oldest New York's street, lot of history packed in one pedestrian only block. The street is full of restaurants and bars that offer outdoor dining.
8. Battery Parks: A getaway from the city on the southern tip of the Hudson River. Beautiful green areas and river walk for exercising or just a nice walk. Amazing sunsets.
9. Brookfield Place: The new mall built in the WTC area home of many designers. There are great restaurants and bars facing the Hudson river.
10. Pier A Harbor House: Located in the southern tip of Manhattan on the river, where you can enjoy outdoor eating and drinking right on the water.
Who stays here?
People coming to New York for short term periods of 1 month or longer enjoys living in this area, north of Canal Street, because of its vibrant, old charm residential nature. This area is more relaxed, informal and surrounded by lots of entertainment, such us live venues, cool restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It is a beautiful area to walk around and enjoy its leafy streets, mom-and-pop stores, small boutiques and unique parks such as Washington Square Park, Union Square, and the High Line. Students on temporary courses choose to stay in this area to be close to NYU, the New School and Pace Universities.
The Financial District neighborhood is favored by professionals with a temporary job around the Wall Street area or by people looking for better priced short term furnished apartments in luxury buildings with amenities who do not mind the commute. Battery Park City tends to be a great place for people who enjoy being surrounded by green areas and the river, and prefer a quieter life experience while in New York for a short term.