Neighbourhoods in New York City

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  • The best desert ambassador!
    Morocco15 contributions
    Time Square Review & Overview
    Time Square, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, is one of the most iconic and recognizable places in the world. Known as "The Crossroads of the World," it is a bustling hub of activity, both day and night, attracting millions of visitors each year.

    The square itself is famous for its bright lights, billboards, and large video screens, creating a mesmerizing and electric atmosphere. From Broadway theaters to world-renowned restaurants, Time Square offers a wide range of entertainment options for visitors of all ages.

    One of the most popular attractions in Time Square is the New Year's Eve ball drop, where thousands of people gather to ring in the new year. The ball, weighing over 12,000 pounds, is raised to the top of a flagpole at the stroke of midnight, and the crowd erupts in cheers as it begins its descent.

    Visitors can also take a stroll through the bustling pedestrian plazas, which are lined with street performers, food vendors, and souvenir shops. The area is also home to several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

    If you're looking for a bite to eat, Time Square has no shortage of dining options, from fast food chains to five-star restaurants. For those in search of a shopping experience, there are numerous department stores and high-end boutiques, offering everything from clothing and accessories to electronics and souvenirs.

    Despite its reputation as a tourist hotspot, Time Square is also a bustling business center, home to numerous corporate headquarters and media outlets. The square's central location makes it an ideal place for business meetings, and its busy atmosphere and wide range of amenities make it a popular choice for conventions and events.

    Overall, Time Square is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to New York City. Its iconic lights, energy, and endless entertainment options make it a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot be missed. Whether you're a local or a tourist, you'll be sure to have an unforgettable time in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT1,913 contributions
    When you explore the streets, you will see brick town homes nestled in between hidden bars and restaurants. This tree-lined neighborhood feels like a small town within Manhattan.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT1,913 contributions
    This trendy neighborhood west of Little Italy is a great place to find worldwide top brands. Unique cafes/restaurants and hippie pop up stores are a great find. Love the vintage architecture.
    Written 18 January 2023
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,592 contributions
    The West Village in Manhattan is filled with lively bars, restaurants and shops. Also parks , theatre and art shops. Recommended
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,462 contributions
    The hidden heart of Nee York City! With plenty to keep you busy for atleast a couple of days it is very easy to lose yourself among the tall buildings in lower Manhattan. Thankfully not as touristy as midtown meaning you can feel a lot more at ease when taking photos that iron man isn’t going to jump in the back of them!

    Between the parks, statues, memorials or even just some truly amazing eateries there is definitely something for everyone!
    Written 21 July 2022
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA7,709 contributions
    I finally made my film pilgrimage to Riverside Drive and W 105th to see the hil Madonna ran up (barefoot!) in the film Who's That Girl?. And I was lucky enough to meet some local residents who remembered the filming, so had stories to tell.

    The architecture here is a feast for the eyes, I almost got a sore neck from constantly looking up. The Marion Davies mansion, which featured in the novel The Blue Butterfly, still stands. And water towers aplenty, one of my favorite parts of NYC architecture.

    There are eateries, art centers, and stores, of course, but that's another topic for a different review. Suffice it to say, I really had a wonderful and interesting morning's walk in the neighborhood.
    Written 27 October 2022
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  • TourQueen55
    8 contributions
    What a great, vibrant area! Walkable or close distance to so many features including Chelsea Market, the Highline, Little Island, Times Square and more! I great place to stay with many things to do, yet not the noice of Times Square.
    Written 29 October 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,592 contributions
    With some may high rise buildings is nice to get a break in the skyline which you find with union square. Lively area and recommended for a visit.
    Written 5 February 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,401 contributions
    If you mention you are going to visit Harlem in Manhattan, you are certain to get the raised eyebrows and the head shaking, usually form people who have never been. It’s probably one of the most maligned, poorly-represented and incorrectly-portrayed areas in New York, yet is is a great part of the city to visit. It’s certainly had its rough decades, but the neighbourhood is experiencing a new renaissance. And like in many parts of the world, this area is as safe, if not safer, than any other neighbourhood if you use the same "street smart" mentality and common sense you would use where you come from.

    Harlem was originally a Dutch village, formally organised in 1658; it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem's history has been defined by a series of economic boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle. Today Harlem is the centre of African American culture in New York City and a vibrant part of the city; it’s a hotbed of black music, art and culture. But Harlem has been home to many races and ethnic groups including the Dutch, Irish, German, Italian, and Jewish, and as well as being a predominantly black neighbourhood, it present a fabulous diversity and thus offers the the visitor a diverse and eclectic area to explore.

    There is lots to see and experience in this neighbourhood. I spent almost a full day walking its streets, taking in its sights, and visiting a couple of cafes and restaurants. I visited with a New Yorker. It was a successful exploration for sure. One of the keys to our success was carefully planning. We had quite a list of local things to see, so mapped out a walking route so that we could see all we wanted to see, and get the feel for this vibrant community city.

    Here’s our four favourite spots:

    Striver’s Row: It’s a delightful historic district located on both sides of West 138th and West 139th Streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The distinct architectural styles with a mix of red brick, yellow brick and brownstone are beautifully maintained, adorned with a tangle of wrought iron. It’s a visual treat.

    The Apollo Theatre: This legendary theatre which opened in 1914, has launched careers and popularised genres through its devotion to showcasing black talent. The likes of James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill found their starting point here.

    Harlem’s “Walk of Fame”: On W125th Street by the Apollo Theatre, the “Walk of Fame” is an uptown Manhattan take on Hollywood's "Walk of Stars" that commemorates African-American musical icons with plaques embedded into the sidewalk.

    The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine: This massive cathedral has been under construction since 1892, and is not yet finished. One of its chapels contains a bronze three-paneled altar with gold-leaf decoration, designed by Keith Haring just before his death.

    But don’t limit yourself to those. Wander, and take in some wonderful street murals, local markets and businesses, little museums and art galleries, and an abundance of cafes and restaurants. We had coffee at a delightful coffee shop in the Hamilton Grange area, and an excellent lunch at the iconic Harlem restaurant that is Sylvia’s.

    Many streets and avenues in Harlem are co-named for its famous leaders and residents like Lenox Avenue co-named Malcolm X Boulevard., 125th Street co-named Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevaqrd., and Eighth Avenue co-named Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

    It’s a wonderful place to explore; we learnt a lot, and found the locals informative and welcoming. Stay safe, stay aware, and enjoy your visit.
    Written 5 October 2022
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  • Deb W
    Reno, NV2,420 contributions
    This once thriving area is now limited to 1 short street. There are a couple of good murals in this little area. The restaurants seem to be mostly tourist quality. There are a couple of decent bakeries.
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,462 contributions
    Each time I visit New York City I make sure to get the time to lose myself amongst the streets of the financial district and Wall Street. There is just something about Wall Street that captivated the mind, the tall dark buildings, it is no surprise where it gets the nickname “Gotham” from!

    Definitely a one time visit, or more if you enjoy it as there are plenty of different cafes and shops around
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • The Sushi Guy 🍣
    Long Island, NY14,167 contributions
    This is our first visit to the Meatpacking District. We came for a visit to the Lucid Studio. Plenty of old architecture in this neighborhood. Many of the old meatpacking plants were converted to restaurants, trendy stores, art galleries with apartments above.

    My favorite part of this neighborhood was the cobblestone streets. Seeing the cobblestone makes you think of the times of horse and buggy.

    The neighborhood was very busy and bustling on a warm spring Sunday. No shortage of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops.

    Note: This neighborhood is accessible by bus. Subways are a decent walk east.
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA7,709 contributions
    Passed through the UES on my way to the Frick and, as always, l loved the wonderful shops and architecture.

    The neighborhood gardens are maintained with care, as they are all over NYC.

    Just a delightful place for a stroll.
    Written 27 October 2022
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  • JenRed2014
    Buffalo, NY863 contributions
    There were so many markets, restaurants and shops to choose from in Chinatown. There are produce stands, meat and seafood vendors, all with fresh food you can’t find everywhere (where is your nearest durian or roasted pig head vendor?). I love exploring the area and especially tasting the food.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • PROS
    • World famous iconic street
    • World famous iconic stores
    • World famous iconic buildings
    • World famous iconic stuff
    * Very exclusive residences

    CONS
    * Long long street
    • Can be crowded with people (including tourists)
    • Wide street to cross- could be treacherous

    “I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
    …. as part of my 28+K step and 18.2 kilometer walk through midtown and central Manhattan. I was here around Grand Central terminal and again in the low 90s of cross streets. My main journey was on Fifth Avenue- from 42nd Street to 93rd Street. I passed and visited all the famous stuff- and enjoyed it.
    Written 1 July 2022
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