Manhattan is known around the world as the heart of New York. It is the richest district of New York City in which are one of the largest financial places in the world but also the seat of the UN, many corporate headquarters, large universities … This is where come most tourists who want to visit New York even if it is actually only one of the 5 boroughs of New York City! If you want to know more, have a look at New York Districts
How to navigate the streets of Manhattan?
It’s very easy because the organization is simple. Manhattan is a small, long island between the Hudson River and the East River. Its avenues all follow a north-south axis and all the streets are numbered from the first street to the 220th.
Namely: the 5th Avenue separates Manhattan into 2 zones: East (E) and West (W) and Broadway draws a diagonal across the city.
How to identify neighborhoods in Manhattan?
I will not detail all of Manhattan’s many neighborhoods and districts: TriBeCa, SoHo, Chinatown, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, East Village, Chelsea Garment District, Meatpacking, Theater District, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, Upper Manhattan … It would be too long and too complex!
To better understand, I will schematize by saying that Manhattan is divided into 3 major areas: Downtown, Uptown and Midtown.
- “Downtown” means “to the south” and includes the districts south of 14th Street
- “Uptown” means “to the north” and includes the districts north of 59th Street:
- “Midtown” means “around the center” and is between 14th and 59th Street / Central Park. :
Now, you will tell me: “OK, but what are the tourist areas, residential, safe, chic, lively, where to eat, where to sleep … ??? “
Manhattan tourist districts
Best Manhattan Neighborhoods -Times Square in Midtown District
You have to walk there raising your head! But it’s the most lively and iconic place in New York! Shopping, bars, restaurants, theaters where the greatest musicals (and even more on Broadway) are played … everything is there for entertainment! It’s a good central location to be close to all of Midtown‘s attractions. So many tourists stay here … despite very high prices!
For all those who want to have fun, be housed in the heart of Manhattan, here is my selection of cheap hotels in Manhattan.
Best neighborhoods in Manhattan -Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown
Just a little further north of Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen is also a very lively and tourist area. This is where you will have to go to find good restaurants. A little further away from Times Square, this neighborhood is also a little quieter.
Best neighborhoods in Manhattan -Herald Square in Midtown
It is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan. This is where you have to go to visit the Empire State Building, stroll down 5th Avenue, shop at 34th Street and especially at Macy’s or stroll to Madison Square Garden …
Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan -Midtown East
Very close to Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station, it is a tourist district of New York but also financial. There are modern skyscrapers with large windows but also old buildings and red brick buildings. This area is mostly occupied by offices and shops and is a very expensive neighborhood!
The chic Manhattan neighborhoods
Best Manhattan Neighborhoods – Upper West Side – Area North of Midtown
This area is crossed by Broadway and is located west of Central Park. It is a residential area very very chic and rich. And if the atmosphere is bourgeois, she is still relaxed! This district is full of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and also has a large number of very nice restaurants. There is no insecurity and one walks there quietly without being wary without stop …
It is in this beautiful area that I had my hotel during my first stay in New York (February 2010) and I just loved: Hotel Beacon.
Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan -Upper East Side – Area North of Midtown
Like its neighbor, Upper East Side is a residential area of New York. We can even say that it is the most chic and rich of New York. It is therefore obviously an ideal area to stay quiet in a place without any insecurity!
Museums are also numerous: The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is a must with paintings by Van Gogh, Chagall, Pollock … just like the Guggenheim Museum no less known!
Trendy Manhattan neighborhoods
I present below the lively and trendy neighborhoods of Manhattan. They are less touristy than the previous ones but are attractive for their authenticity and character. You have to go for a drink, go for a walk, go shopping and go out at night!
Best Manhattan Neighborhoods – Soho – Nolita – Tribeca – Downtown Area
Perhaps the hippest and liveliest neighborhoods in New York! We are in the southern part of Manhattan. East of these neighborhoods, many bars, restaurants, discotheques have settled and attract many people. But the further you go to the Hudson, the more the neighborhoods are safe, quiet, quiet and residential.
Best Manhattan Neighborhoods – Chelsea / Gay Friendly Neighborhood – Midtown Area
Located in the heart of the city, Chelsea is arguably one of New York’s most artistically interesting neighborhoods. Its location is ideal for tourists because close to the main sites to visit in Manhattan!
In this district is the most famous gay area in New York. It is located between 23rd and 30th street. It is here that you will find many gay bars and also beautiful hotels and upscale and luxurious restaurants.
Chelsea is therefore a very good compromise for those who wish to stay in a quiet neighborhood and both in a lively and trendy area with good places to eat and go out at night.
The fashionable neighborhoods
Best Manhattan Neighborhoods – Greenwich Village – Downtown Area
Often called “the Village“, this neighborhood has many identities: hip, bobos, student, intellectual … You will find many restaurants and small cafes, tea rooms, wine bars … The prices of restaurants are quite affordable although there are also some middle class and more expensive restaurants.
Best neighborhoods in Manhattan -Lower East Side – zone downtown
This is where the New York garment industry began. The neighborhood has kept its reputation as a place where you can do good business and where there are beautiful clothes creations … This neighborhood is a mixture of old and new, chic and bohemian and becomes very popular. fashion. There are trendy bars and concert halls and everything you need to party!
Dangerous Manhattan neighborhoods?
Harlem and Upper Manhattan – Uptown area
These two neighborhoods are located just North of Manhattan and had the reputation of being the dangerous neighborhoods of Manhattan.
Upper Manhattan runs from 125th Street to Inwood Hill Park in the west and 96th to the north on the east side. This is an area not frequented by tourists. It is the same Harlem that extends this district …
If before, these neighborhoods were “dangerous”, this is not the case anymore. But reputation is an evil that clings and lasts …
I think Harlem is worth a detour. It is the cultural and economic heart of the Black-American community but also an important Hispanic cultural center (East Harlem or Spanish Harlem) and many other communities.
This is where the legendary Apollo Theater is located. Artists such as Ellison Fitzgerald, James Brown and Michael Jackson have performed! For fans of Gospel, Jazz or hip hop, Harlem is a neighborhood in New York very interesting for its musical culture.
Little Coco is lucid and does not care about reputations because she knows they are not always founded!
This area will interest anyone who wants to visit New York outside the classical circuits and immerse yourself in the real New York in the midst of a cosmopolitan population.