New York, I Love You
We’ll just come right out and say it: We love New York. The people, the food, the culture, the theater, the shopping, the art – heck, we’ll even deal with the blizzards and sub-arctic temperatures. New York has a palpable energy you won’t find anywhere else, and we’re totally smitten.
Another thing we love about New York is that its neighborhoods are so distinct from one another. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it in the city that never sleeps. Whether you’re thinking about moving to New York or are just planning a weekend getaway, NYC’s trendiest neighborhoods will keep you coming back for more.
With its sidewalk cafes and quaint storefronts, the West Village looks more like a small European town than one of New York’s most happening neighborhoods – but don’t let its adorable façade fool you. The West Village gets a lot of foot traffic from shoppers and diners who flock to the area for its chic boutiques and inviting restaurants.
Brooklyn’s most up-and-coming neighborhood is characterized by its strong Polish presence, creative culture, and a sense of welcomed familiarity. A mix of families and young professionals reside in charming townhomes and loft apartments with spectacular rooftop views of downtown Manhattan.
A neighborhood historically known for its writer and artist population, Chelsea is home to the city’s hottest gallery scene with a smattering of upscale restaurants and bars to match. New Yorkers migrate to this fashionable and fast-paced neighborhood for its sought-after high-rises and converted warehouses.
NoHo is the epitome of bohemian-chic. The neighborhood’s historic architecture is set against a number of eclectic cafes and funky shops – a colorful contrast that amplifies its offbeat and quirky character. With so much to see and do within a 10-block radius, you don’t have to travel far to experience something new.
Previously populated almost exclusively by wholesale meat companies, the Meatpacking District has transformed into an uber-chic neighborhood with trendy boutiques and hot nightclubs. It’s also home to popular Highline Park, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the city streets.
The East Village has pretty much everything you could ever want. Hip bars, coffee shops, bookstores, cafes, clubs, live music, and art galleries invite you to explore the city streets from dusk to dawn. People-watching is a must-do in this vibrant Manhattan neighborhood, especially along colorful St. Mark’s Place.
Formerly a gritty neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen has become one of the top foodie destinations in New York City. In addition to the variety of ethnic eats and affordable nightlife, residents enjoy a quick commute to Midtown from their luxury condos.
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