Probably the world’s greatest and most influential metropolis and certainly every photographer’s paradise, New York City shares its charm between dazzling skylines and arty neighborhoods, between dreams and harsh realities, between glamor and poverty. It is a city with so many faces that it is almost impossible to put a stamp on it, and yet there’s no other place on Earth quite like it. From Bronx to Manhattan, the Big Apple boasts a myriad of quarters, each with its own character, layout and quintessential community. Here are 5 neighborhoods that certainly stand apart from the rest:
Eye catching brownstones, quaint tree-lined streets and sensational views over the iconic Manhattan skyline make from the Brooklyn Heights one of the most attractive New York City neighborhoods.
Also known as America’s first suburb, “The Heights” enjoys an elegant atmosphere and a wonderful setting along the East River. Major attractions in the area include the stately promenade lined with gorgeous beds of flowers and magnificent vistas, the beautiful architecture which seem to sum up the entire history of New York and the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge which connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Upper East Side
On the other side of East River, the Upper East Side provides the perfect picture of Manhattan’s glitz and glamor. World-class museums, beautiful historic homes, hip designer boutiques and well-dressed doormen are the signature features of this area, often regarded as NYC’s most fashionable corner.
The neighborhood stretches from East River to Central Park and Fifth Avenue and from 56th Street to the Carnegie Hill and plays host to some of the finest museums and cultural venues in the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum or the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Located in Lower Manhattan, the arty neighborhood of SoHo greets its visitors with endless shopping and dining opportunities, the world’s greatest collection of cast-iron architecture and a charming artistic feel.
Besides its intriguing mix of art galleries, quirky boutiques and avant-garde fashion shops, which make it a prime shopping destination in New York, SoHo stands out due to its picturesque cobblestone streets and great variety of restaurants, bistros and stylish cafes. For culture buffs, the New York City Fire Museum, the prestigious William Bennett Gallery and the interactive Children’s Museum of the Arts are certainly worth a visit.
Harlem, Manhattan’s largest and most notorious black neighborhood has established itself as a must-see destination in New York. Brimming with history, energy and creativity, this iconic place strongly related to the African-American culture is now experiencing a rebirth. With a lively art scene and a brand-new collection of bars, restaurants, shops and trendy nightspots, Harlem takes its place among New York’s most diverse and thought-provoking neighborhoods.
In order to enrich your Harlem experience, pay a visit to the National Black Theater or the Studio Museum and browse the enchanting historic sites found in the area.
Home to the largest, oldest and most famous ethnic Chinese enclave outside of Asia, Manhattan’s Chinatown is a vibrant colorful neighborhood situated between the Lower East Side and Little Italy, and definitely a must for travelers willing to discover the real New York City.
As expected, the area is characterized by overcrowded streets filled with atmospheric fruits and fish markets and hundreds of shops and typical restaurants. In order to go even deeper into the history of this thriving community, visit the Museum of Chinese in the Americas and the Mahayana Buddhist Temple.