New York Real Estate Neighborhoods
THE UPPER WEST SIDE
The Upper West Side melds a mixture of families, single professionals, even seniors together into one desirable neighborhood. And with the proximity to Columbia University, it’s not surprising that many current and former students want to live here. One can go out to eat in some of the city’s finest world-famous restaurants, sip coffee in the trendiest cafes, browse the fashionable stores, or venture to Central Park West to enjoy an afternoon of activity or people-watching. A 1990s renaissance of the Upper West Side has fed the neighborhood with continuously-opening bars, restaurants, comedy clubs and gyms, attracting more social and artistic residents. They are well-off enough to enjoy life’s finest, yet the atmosphere is more relaxed. As for quiet, many of the side residential streets are very much soâ€¦but venture onto Broadway, and the streets are hopping all day and night.
The hot spot of Midtown West, which sprawls from 30th Street to 59th Street on the west side of Fifth Avenue over to the Hudson River, offers many of Manhattan’s most frequented sites, including everything from the performing to culinary arts. From Restaurant Row to the Great White Way, Times Square to Rockefeller Center, Midtown West is packed with abundant restaurants and the finest live entertainment in the world. For residents, it also includes those bustling neighborhoods fondly known as Clinton (formerly Hell’s Kitchen) and the Garment District/Fashion Center. Thanks to lots of newly constructed luxury high-rises, residents of Midtown West can truly enjoy the best of New York living!
THE GARMENT DISTRICT
Most New Yorkers know the noisy, busy Garment district, a loosely-defined area between Madison and Eighth Avenues in the west 30s, as a purely commercial area. While that’s mostly what it is, the lack of affordable space has driven demand to the lofts in the area, especially where renters looking to both live and work there are concerned. The Garment District took shape during the late 19th century, when new laws drove clothing manufacturers out of Lower Manhattan tenements and into manufacturing lofts. Originally, the garment industry was clustered around Madison Square, but when that area became fashionable the trade was forced to expand westward.
Boldly stationed between West Midtown and the West Village is Chelsea, a neighborhood that has maintained a dynamic personality much like its London Thames-area namesake. Due to increasing popularity, property prices are also catching up to London’s high-end real estate, with ongoing townhouse renovations taking place on many streets. Large retail tenants, which have revitalized historic cast-iron buildings along 6th Avenue, have helped fuel the area’s great popularity, and 7th , 8th and 9th Avenue also feature one-of-a-kind boutiques and restaurants that have contributed to making Chelsea so desirable.
Here you’ll find a mix of buildings and styles. The well-planned rows of charming pre-war townhouses share residency with the more recently built high-rise rental apartment buildings and condominiums with the highest level of amenities and luxury finishes. Old warehouses are being converted into gallery spaces, nightclubs and residential lofts. With the newly planted Hudson River Park and the mammoth Chelsea Piers Sports and Recreation complex, Chelsea is a truly dynamic neighborhood offering something for everyone.
Ubiquitous with New York’s bohemian culture, the West Village is intimate and homey, and despite changes in surrounding areas, has remained close to its artisan roots. Tree- lined, cobblestone streets are commonplace here, and the area is full of pristine single family brownstones and townhouses as well as pre-war apartments, many of which are less than five stories high. Apartments usually have plenty of windows, courtyards, trees, great gardens, plus lots of delightful details and features. Noted for its “small town feel,” the West Village offers a more casual, comfortable approach to city living. Highlighted by intimate dining venues, numerous nightspots, the Hudson River Park, and convenient transportation, the West Village remains one of the most sought after destinations in Manhattan.
This square-shaped area surrounded by Houston Street (pronounced House-ton), Crosby Street, Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, is an ideal place to live and work, and is very centrally located. The spectacular pre-war, post-war and 1970s buildings that equally occupy the territory are over-dominated by the abundance of six-story loft buildings with grand windows. Interiors often follow a minimalist aesthetic mirroring the feel of the white-walled art galleries downstairs. In addition, some buildings have been retrofitted with elevators. Residents today revel in their investments, and they are as alive, trendy, and talented as the neighborhood they occupy.
Today when you think of SoHo, you think of an exciting, bustling European cityâ€¦all about eccentricity, creativity and diversity. Just step outside your doorway to discover the many high-end fashion boutiques, cutting-edge restaurants and hotels that await you, not to mention any of the hundred art galleries that display works covering the gamut of art disciplines.
This triangle of land (Triangle Below Canal St.) was first considered the Lower West Side, but after witnessing the revitalization of SoHo, New Yorkers adopted the catchier name. By the late 1990s,TriBeCa had become a haven for the trendy and hip, a thriving commercial, residential and artistic community just like neighboring SoHo.
People who live in TriBeCa live well, and enjoy the dichotomies of pleasure that the area brings – that is, a place that’s secure yet not overly established; one that’s exciting but not too outrageous; one that’s upscale in price, but all the while worth it! Pre-war buildings dominate this wonderful neighborhood, although many have been renovated into super-luxurious lofts with huge windows. With its vibrant mix of residential and commercial living, including elegant high-rise apartments and new construction, TriBeCa is poised for more growth in the years to come.
This relatively new residential and commercial neighborhood at the south westernmost tip of Manhattan is highlighted by Battery Park City and the World Financial Center. The center includes offices, dining and retail space, an outdoor plaza and a marina. It also contains the Winter Garden, an enclosed glass forest complete with 40-foot tall palm trees. This area offers an over abundance of free entertainment, usually sponsored by the area businesses. The residential area of Battery Park City includes numerous high-rise luxury buildings with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island or the Hudson River. In addition there are many parks and gardens including Battery Park, and the esplanade along the Hudson River.
The Financial District, which was built at a time when there were no zoning laws, is well known for its towering buildings which often lie right next to each other. Many of the old buildings have been refurbished or replaced by luxury residential high rises. Due to its proximity to Wall Street, the area gets heavily populated during business hours then quiets down after dark. There are many surrounding amenities, including grocery stores, restaurants, theaters and hotels. Additionally, the South Street Seaport provides residents with a great place to shop, eat, or just enjoy the view of the city. The Financial District, which was built at a time when there were no zoning laws, is well known for its towering buildings which often lie right next to each other. Many of the old buildings have been refurbished or replaced by luxury residential high rises. Due to its proximity to Wall Street, the area gets heavily populated during business hours then quiets down after dark. There are many surrounding amenities, including grocery stores, restaurants, theaters and hotels. Additionally, the South Street Seaport provides residents with a great place to shop, eat, or just enjoy the view of the city.
UPPER EAST SIDE
Stretching from East 59th Street all the way up to 110th Street, from 5th Avenue eastward to the river, the elite Upper East Side exemplifies New York City without the “edge.” For many class-conscious residents, there’s simply no other place to live. Since the late 1800s, it has been the place for Manhattanites who value the cachet of their address, as well as for those who truly appreciate the serenity, charm and rich architecture inherent in the neighborhood’s personality.
Accessible to Central Park and filled with world-class shopping and dining, the Upper East Side offers a true residential neighborhood feel. The 1990 Census claimed that the Upper East Side had the highest per capita income of any urban quarter in the nation. Not surprising, as the area is filled with clusters of lawyers, advertising and public relations managers, management consultants, entertainment promoters and economists who seem to have established their businesses and residences here. Plus, the abundance of quality schools and museums make it attractive to families and young professionals seeking peaceful tranquility and high culture
Midtown East, running from 30th Street to 59th Street on the East Side of Manhattan, offers a wealth of NYC’s most wonderful and popular sights, and includes such beautiful neighborhoods as Murray Hill and Kips Bay. The architectural profile features everything from plush new condominiums to the most traditional brownstones. But the majority of this neighborhood is filled with luxury buildings, many with views of the East River. Midtown is a bustling business center by day, usually leaving the streets quiet after 6:00pm. The Sutton area, contained within, offers fine examples of Classical architecture. Popular with many new college grads and young families for its safety and convenience, Midtown East also includes many people who have owned their homes and have resided here for many years.
Murray Hill is a true residential neighborhood. Lying south of 42nd Street down to 30th Street, and bounded roughly by Madison and Third Avenues, Murray Hill has a mystique all its own. Best known for its proximity to the Empire State Building on 34th Street, Murray Hill is a neighborhood where time has transformed old carriage houses into charming homes. Here, right in the middle of Manhattan, you’ll find anything you’re looking for in terms of residences, from luxury high-rises to charming old brownstones. Conveniences abound, from diverse services to shopping and ethnic restaurants, and the location lends prime access to travel anywhere in the city.
Serene and upscale, the Gramercy Park neighborhood was named for the elegant one-square-block park of the same name created by Samuel B. Ruggles in 1831. Its clean streets stretch from 20th Street until the start of Murray Hill at 34th Street, and are bordered by the East River and Park Avenue to the west. The townhouses around the park, built before the Civil War, are among the oldest and most outstanding in the city, and many tend to be handed down through the generations. Highly desirable for its classic architecture and close proximity to fine dining and shopping, Gramercy Park.
The Flatiron District is bounded on the north by the triangular Flatiron building (known as the Fuller Building, which was built in 1902, at the corner of 23rd Street), goes south to 15th Street, extends as far east as Park Avenue South and west to Sixth Avenue. Union Square sits on the southern boundary of the Flatiron neighborhood. At the time it was built, the Flatiron building was New York City’s first skyscraper, and thought not only to be the tallest building in the world, but also the first skyscraper ever created. Today the neighborhood is booming with abundant restaurants, shopping, and convenience.
With an established music and art scene, funky shops, bars and an eclectic palette, the East Village truly defines what it means to be hip. Once known as the grittier end of the Village, the neighborhood today now rivals its western neighbor in both safety and desirability. Convenient to Midtown, Gramercy, Union Square, SoHo and the Lower East Side, the East Village offers a genuine downtown feel at typically lower prices than other lower Manhattan neighborhoods.
North of Little Italy, or NoLita, was coined in the 1990s to give the up-and-coming area more cache. It has since attracted a young and trend-setting upwardly-mobile clientele of artists and professionals who have also gravitated toward its neighboring Little Italy. Within recent years, boutiques, galleries, cafes and nightclubs have sprung up, as have several mid-size apartment buildings. All of this activity has resulted in a stronger neighborhood identity.
LOWER EAST SIDE
More than 200 years ago, extended families from around the world pursued the American Dream by coming to New York and living on the Lower East Side. A place where dreams materialize, this area just south of the East Village and east of SoHo has once again blossomed into a destination for writers, artists, musicians, and professionals of all varieties.
Opportunity abounds amidst a bustling restaurant scene, a stage for emerging fashion designers, a montage of boutiques, discount shopping, food markets, and nightlife hot spots, making the Lower East Side a popular destination today. The area has been rejuvenated with a youthful spirit and an economic revitalization. From Houston Street to Division Street between the East River and the Bowery, the neighborhood is steeped in history and portrays America as the true melting pot that it is.
Spanning from Canal to Worth Streets and the Bowery to Church Street, Chinatown serves as home to more than 150,000 immigrants from all over Asia. Its main businesses are restaurants and garment factories, and more than half of its residents still mainly speak languages other than English. The first major settling place for Chinese immigrants on the East coast, self-sufficient Chinatown remains one of the largest, most active Asian gathering points in the world, boasting an exceptional community-wide camaraderie and work ethic, as well as great appeal for outsiders. For those of us who love to visit, Chinatown is a visually vibrant sight to see with its abundant dining and marketplaces, especially during the Chinese New Year.