New York City: Places to Explore

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  • The Bronx

    The Bronx is the city's most maligned and misunderstood borough. Its reputation as a gritty, down-and-out place is a little outdated, and there's lots of beauty to be found, if you know where to look. There... Read more

  • Brooklyn

    To put it mildly, Brooklyn is exploding, and it has been for a while. Hardly Manhattan's wimpy sidekick, this is the largest and most populous of all the boroughs, with more than 2.5 million residents... Read more

  • Chelsea

    Chelsea long ago usurped SoHo as the epicenter of New York contemporary art galleries but the opening of the High Line above 10th Avenue created a new artery of life in this part of the city. More foot... Read more

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown is a living, breathing, anything-but-quiet ethnic enclave: a quarter of the city's 400,000 Chinese residents live here. The neighborhood started as a seven-block area, but now covers some 40-plus... Read more

  • East Village

    The concept of "La Bohème meets hipsters in vintage clothing," better known as the musical Rent, pegged the East Village as a community of artists, activists, and other social dissenters—and this is still... Read more

  • Flatiron District

    The Flatiron District—anchored by Madison Square Park on the north and Union Square to the south—is one of the city's busiest neighborhoods, particularly along 5th Avenue and Park Avenue South. In some... Read more

  • Gramercy

    The haste and hullabaloo of the city calms considerably once you reach the more residential neighborhoods of Gramercy Park to the east. Dignified Gramercy Park, named for its 1831 gated garden square ringed... Read more

  • Greenwich Village

    Fertile doesn't even begin to describe Greenwich Village's yield of creative genius. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, abstract expressionist painters Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem... Read more

  • Harlem

    Harlem is known throughout the world as a center of African-American culture, music, and life. Today many renovated and new buildings join such historic jewels as the Apollo Theater, architecturally splendid... Read more

  • Lower East Side

    Often referred to as simply as LES, the Lower East Side was the historic "Gateway to America," after waves of Irish, German, Jewish, Hispanic, and Chinese immigrants pulled up stakes and moved to New York... Read more

  • Lower Manhattan

    Lower Manhattan, or in the parlance of New Yorkers emphatically giving directions to tourists, "all the way downtown," has long been where the action—and transaction—is. Originally the trading post called... Read more

  • Meatpacking District

    The Meatpacking District's atmospheric cobblestone streets were once lined with meatpacking warehouses that now host some of the city's most exclusive clubs, trendy restaurants, and of-the-moment designer... Read more

  • Midtown East

    In terms of architecture, Midtown East has some of the city's most notable gems, including the stately Chrysler Building, considered an art-deco triumph and the bustling Beaux Arts masterpiece Grand Central... Read more

  • Midtown West

    Big is the buzz in Times Square, where neon-lighted billboards, ginormous television screens, towering skyscrapers, and Broadway theaters play starring roles alongside megastores like the Disney Store... Read more

  • NoLIta

    Compared with SoHo, NoLIta (shorthand for "north of Little Italy") is the better place to hit for unique boutiques and quieter cafés. The area feels significantly more like a neighborhood where locals... Read more

  • Queens

    Just for the museums and restaurants alone, a short 15-minute trip on the 7 train from Grand Central or Times Square to Long Island City and Astoria is truly worth it. In Long Island City, major must-sees... Read more

  • SoHo

    SoHo (short for "South of Houston") was the epicenter of New York's art scene in the late 1970s, and has since evolved into a mecca of mostly chain retailers (Chelsea is more the go-to for galleries these... Read more

  • Staten Island

    Legally part of New York City, Staten Island is in many ways a world apart. The "Forgotten Borough," as some locals refer to it, is geographically more separate, less populous, politically more conservative... Read more

  • TriBeCa

    Tucked to the west, south of Canal Street, residential TriBeCa (the triangle below Canal Street) has a quieter vibe than most other Manhattan neighborhoods. Walk the photogenic streets here, especially... Read more

  • Union Square

    The energy of Union Square reaches its peak during its greenmarket days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday), when more than 25 farms and food purveyors set up shop on the square's north and west... Read more

  • Upper East Side

    To many New Yorkers the Upper East Side connotes old money and high society—alongside Central Park, between 5th and Lexington avenues, up to East 96th Street, the trappings of wealth are everywhere apparent:... Read more

  • Upper West Side

    The Upper West Side is one of the city's quieter, more family-oriented neighborhoods, with wide sidewalks, a relatively slower pace, and more of a residential feel than you'll find in many other parts... Read more

  • West Village

    High-rises and office towers have little business among the labyrinth of small curving streets, peculiar alleys, and historic town houses here, although a new boom in distinctive apartment living by designer... Read more

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