City, one of the most amazing cities in the
whole world, where millions of tourist come to
experience the magic and excitement of this city and
its districts. Manhattan, Wall Street, Harlem,
Greenwich Village, East Village, Soho & Tribeca,
Lower East Side, China Town, Little Italy, Chelsea,
Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Meat Packing District, Gramercy and Flatiron,
Midtown, Times Square & Hell's Kitchen, Staten Island,
Manhattan, heart of New York listed below are its most
Wall Street and the Financial District
Street, holds tradition and history along
with investment banks which coexist with a prominent
identifying feature of a landscape such as Trinity
Park captures peoples attention.
A section of New York City in northern Manhattan bordering on the
Harlem and East rivers. Peter Stuyvesant established the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Haarlem here in 1658. A rapid influx of African Americans beginning c. 1910 made it one of the largest Black communities in the United States. In the 1920s a flowering of African-American art and literature was known as the Harlem Renaissance. After World War II many Hispanics settled in East (or Spanish) Harlem.
The Village (as New Yorkers call it) is one of the city's
most popular neighborhoods, and a symbol throughout the
world for all things outlandish and bohemian. The area's
reputation as a creative enclave can be traced back to at
least the early 1900s, when artists and writers moved in,
followed by jazz musicians who played at famous (still
functioning) clubs like the Blue Note and Village Vanguard.
By the '40s the neighborhood was known as a gathering place
for gays. The coffeehouses on Bleecker St hark back to New
York's beatnik '50s and hippie '60s. Bob Dylan reputedly
smoked his first joint in the Village, Jimi Hendrix lived
here and the Rolling Stones recorded here. Greenwich
Village is still a vibrant and varied area, packed
with historic sites, cafes, shops, gay bars, and Washington
Square Park, purportedly the most crowded recreational space
in the world. New York University students gather in Washington
Square Park and a diverse array of shops, bars and music
clubs exist along Bleecker Street.
Long a poor, multi-ethnic neighborhood, for the last 20
years artists, students and yuppies have gone a long way
towards gentrifying the neighborhood. Today, the artistic
spirit that initially brought about change remains evident.
Urban gardens and art exhibits sit beside cafes, craft shops
and vegetarian restaurants.
Soho & Tribeca
SoHo (from 'south of Houston') is the city's leading area
for art galleries, clothing stores and boutiques selling
oh-so-precious curios. The area is a paradigm of inadvertent
urban renewal, having transmogrified from the city's leading
commercial district post-Civil War, to a tuned-in artists
colony in the 1950s, to the impossibly expensive
gorgeousness of today. Its beautifully restored cast-iron
buildings are some of the best examples of this style in the
world. Some cutting edge cats (self-styled, of course) say
it's all over for SoHo - too self-conscious, too trendy, too
pricey - but the galleries are undeniably good and no-one's
forcing you to buy autographed tea-cosies from
hustler-designers with wares to sell.
Lower East Side
The latest neighborhood to receive the Soho
treatment, it is hard to believe that this area once housed
some of the city's worst slums. Today, rents are rising and
yuppies have arrived. The historic Orchard
Street Shopping District operates among hip bars and
The beauty of the market and the restaurants, make you not
want to leave, the bargains on any article you are looking
for is one of the best features of this place.
The best of the Italian cuisine, hundreds of restaurants
with the original touch of Italy. The
of San Gennaro still welcomes its throngs, but the
neighborhood is fast being surrounded by nearby Chinatown.
Gramercy and Flatiron
The majestic Flatiron Building lords over this beautiful,
eclectic district marked by loft spaces to the west and
pre-war residences to the east. More than a century after
their construction, the apartment buildings and townhouses
around Gramercy Park remain coveted addresses.
Once a working class community, it recently became a posh
address. As rents in Greenwich Village rose, the vibrant gay
community moved upwards to occupy Chelsea's many brownstones
and loft spaces. Others followed, and today it reflects New
York's ethnic and cultural diversity.
Meat Packing District
Chelsea's energy was bound to spill downward into this
former industrial wasteland. Now, some of the city's hottest
destinations occupy spaces once reserved for slaughtered
meat. First, Hogs
& Heifers made redneck chic. Then, alternative
nightspots like Mother and the Cooler opened.
As the name implies, Midtown is smack in the middle of
everything. Nobody is really sure where Midtown begins (most
would say somewhere in the 30s), but most agree it stops
Park. Publishing houses, financial firms, import/export
companies and fashion houses all do business here. Trump
Tower entices shoppers, along with all those glorious
stores along Fifth Avenue. Ice skaters twirl at Rockefeller
Center and the spectacular St.
Patrick's Cathedral offers serenity and spirituality.
Times Square & Hell's Kitchen
Many New Yorkers miss the almost-gone seediness of Times
Square, as Disney
Store has replaced sex shops and strip clubs. However,
most people begrudgingly admit that it is better this way.
Visitors adore everything from souvenir shops to enormous
billboards and Broadway musicals. A few blocks west lies
Hell's Kitchen, a community filled with eclectic
restaurants, bars and shops.
Upper East Side
Park, Fifth and Madison have always been posh avenues.
Whether in the gilded mansions of yesterday or the area's
hi-rise modern apartments, old money and high society have
long made their home here. Consequently, shops to serve them
line Madison Avenue, while Baby Gap coexists with art
galleries and antique shops. Further east, new money has
overtaken the old Yorkville slum.
Upper West Side
When the co-ops of the East Side were freer to restrict
residents, the Upper West Side became home to new money.
Then, as "modernist" Eastsiders tore down their
pre-war palaces, Upper West Side residents kept their old
buildings. Thirty years later, renters value the
neighborhood's attractive real estate. Meanwhile, bars and
restaurants catering to Long Island and New Jersey folk
(a.k.a. the Bridge and Tunnels crowd) continue to sprout
like weeds along Columbus and Amsterdam avenues.
A borough in southeast New York on western Long Island.
Dutch colonists first settled the area in 1636 and 1637 and
in 1645 established the hamlet of Breuckelen near the
present-day site of Borough Hall. Renamed Brooklyn by the
English, the expanded community became part of Greater New
York City in 1898. Population: 2,300,664.This massive borough stretches from festive Coney Island to
elegant Brooklyn Heights. But wherever Brooklynites hail
from, they remain a largely proud lot. They can boast of the
Botanic Garden the gorgeous bridge that bears the
borough's name, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and a growing
restaurant scene. Some are even proud of their accent.
From Flushing to Astoria, Queens is experiencing a quiet
renaissance, as refugees from Manhattan's high rents
continue to discover what this working-class borough offers
its residents. Inexpensive ethnic restaurants pepper the
borough. Queens is also home to the Kaufman Astoria Studio
and the American Museum of the Moving Image.
A borough of New York City in southeast New York on the
mainland north of Manhattan. The Bronx was first settled by
Jonas Bronck (died c. 1643), a Dane in the service of the
Dutch West India Company, and became part of Greater New
York in 1898. Population: 1,203,789. This borough boasts the Yankees, one of the nation's finest
zoos and an extraordinary Botanical
Garden. Alas, poverty continues to exist, but recently
such areas as the South Bronx have benefited from the
current economic boom.
A borough of New York City coextensive with Staten Island
in New York Bay in southeast New York southwest of Manhattan
Island. First visited by Henry Hudson in 1609, the island
was permanently settled in the mid-1600s and became part of
New York City in 1898. The borough name was officially
changed in April 1975, although the island still constitutes
the county of Richmond. Population: 378,977