Routes

Chelsea

Chelsea is mixed with residential tenements, several adorable retail businesses, a huge population of art galleries, and the High Line. Most recently, Chelsea has become quite the hub for high profile stores and boutiques such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, Chelsea Market, Apple, the Bumble and Bumble salon, and many more. Depending on which direction you’re traveling, the Whitney Museum also begins or ends the popular High Line, a public park built on a historic freight train line elevated above the streets, which runs from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street.

Landmarks:

  • The Whitney
  • The High Line
  • Renovated brownstones and industrial lofts
  • Art galleries

East Village

Most notably known for being the hub and base for the Beatniks during the 1950s, the East Village maintains a diverse community with vibrant nightlife and an artistic sensibility. Though well-known names such as Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, The Strokes, and many more got their start at CGBG (which has since closed), the birthplace of punk, the neighborhood has changed while still maintaining a sense of bohemia and wonderment. Several poetry clubs and singer-songwriter venues are still very much alive in the East Village, and the neighborhood still resonates with and holds plenty of memories for classic and contemporary musicians.

Landmarks:

  • The Bowery Ballroom
  • Thompson Square Park
  • Mercury Lounge
  • SideWalk Café
  • Bowery Poetry Club

FiDi/Battery Park

The Financial District, affectionately known as FiDi, is located at the southern tip of Manhattan and is home to the headquarters and offices of many financial institutions and major corporations. The neighborhood is perhaps most notably known for being the former home of the World Trade Center and the current home of One World Trade Center. It is also home to the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the famed Wall Street. Battery Park is located along the waterfront and is the meeting point where visitors depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Landmarks:

  • One World Trade Center
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • South Street Seaport
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl statue

Flatiron/Gramercy

Although you may not realize it, the Flatiron District blends into the Gramercy neighborhood quite seamlessly. Since 1902 the Flatiron District has been defined by the historic three-sided Flatiron Building located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and is conveniently across the street from the remodeled Madison Square Park, which has become a haven for residents and professionals in the area as well as a popular dog park. Home to Teddy Roosevelt, the only U.S. President hailing from New York City, the Flatiron District is also popular for the popular Eataly restaurant, which has a gorgeous rooftop with an excellent view of the city.

Landmarks:

  • Madison Square Park
  • Flatiron Building
  • Gramercy Park
  • Eataly Restaurant
  • Sohmer Piano Building

Greenwich Village

This artist haven and bohemian capital was the epicenter of the LGBT movement and the birthplace of the Beat movement. Known to locals as “the Village,” it is also home to educational institutions such as New York University, The Cooper Union, and the New School. The historic Washington Square Park sits serenely at the center of the neighborhood and also holds the bustling Bleecker Street, where many bars and restaurants are constantly buzzing. Their performing arts scene is also thriving with several popular comedy clubs, such as the Comedy Cellar, and various theaters and music clubs that host up-and-coming acts as well as known names like the Blue Man Group.

Landmarks:

  • Washington Square Park
  • Bleecker Street
  • The Bitter End
  • Cooper Union
  • Comedy Cellar

Harlem

Harlem, historically known predominantly as a residential neighborhood for African-Americans, is the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance. It has recently been in the midst of gentrification – sparking debate among locals – bringing many new restaurants and bars into the neighborhood. Still, Harlem is most notable for staples such as the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the Savoy Room, which each hosted notable guest performers such as Duke Ellington, Orson Welles, and Arthur Mitchell. Religious life is also strong in Harlem, where hundreds of churches and various religious houses of worship host lively congregations.

Landmarks:

  • Apollo Theater
  • Cotton Club
  • Savoy Room
  • Langston Hughes House
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Times Square

The most popular and major commercial intersection, tourist destination, and the epitome of why New York City is called “the city that never sleeps,” Times Square is an essential tourist destination. Though it is the busiest intersection in the city, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and hosts some of the largest and most ornately decorated locations of some of your favorite retail stores. Of course, Times Square is perhaps most widely known for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, where about one million people crowd into the space to ring in the new year.

Landmarks:

  • New York Times Tower
  • The Paramount Building
  • TKTS booth
  • Carmine’s restaurant
  • New Year’s Eve Ball

SoHo

Home to several artist lofts, art galleries, international chain stores, and many trendy upscale boutiques, the name “SoHo” refers to the area being South of Houston Street, and is also a nod to Soho, an area in London’s West End. The neighborhood has plenty of gorgeous cast iron buildings to admire while walking on the cobble stoned streets. Most people who reside here have been in the neighborhood for decades, and there’s a healthy amount of enduring local bakeries, cafes, and butcher shops that maintain the old-fashioned feel of this quiet quintessential New York neighborhood.

Landmarks:

  • Cast-iron architecture
  • SoHo Antique Fair and Collectibles Market
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery
  • City Winery
  • Sadelle’s

TriBeCa

Part of TriBeCa’s draw is its reputation for being a celebrity mecca. Aside from celebrities though, TriBeCa, which stands for the Triangle Below Canal Street, also has plenty of peaceful parks and serene views of the Hudson River. Though most of the architecture surrounding the neighborhood is made up of former warehouses, cast-iron buildings, and cobble stoned streets, it’s a surprisingly friendly place to find yourself seeking out various art galleries, performance spaces, and some delectable restaurants. Head here to experience the TriBeCa Film Festival and any number of Robert De Niro’s plethora of dining establishments.

Landmarks:

  • Holland Tunnel
  • Hudson River Park
  • TriBeCa Film Festival
  • Washington Park Market
  • Locande Verde restaurant

Upper East Side

This thriving middle-class neighborhood is predominantly made up of mansions, townhouses, and lavish apartment buildings. The Upper East Side’s quaint neighborhood still has an old-school feel with several of the classic diners still intact and sprinkled throughout the area. Residents and visitors favor the slow pace at which the neighborhood flows and the array of shops and dining establishments that are strewn throughout. The Upper East Side, nicknamed UES, is perhaps best known for being the backdrop to several films as well as where the Vanderbilts, Mellons, and Carnegies built their first stately mansions. The UES is also where many world-class museums reside.

Landmarks:

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 92 Street Y
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Pierre Hotel
  • Central Park Zoo

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side, affectionately abbreviated as UWS, is known to host the city’s more intellectual residents and is one of the best family-friendly neighborhoods in the city due to the many playgrounds, exhibits, and restaurants in the area. The streets are often packed with occupants running errands or heading out for a run at the nearby Central Park reservoir, or simply walking to meet their friends for the ever-popular Sunday brunch. The grand apartments loom overhead and the stately pre-war buildings and brownstones are found on Broadway, Riverside Drive, and West End Avenue.

Landmarks:

  • Beacon Theater
  • Lincoln Center
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Tom’s Restaurant (Seinfeld TV show’s diner)
  • Nicholas Roerich Museum

Lower East Side

This is the hub where creative folks reside and are keen to stay in the city and truly make it in New York. The area has a vibrant nightlife, and several celebrity chefs are beginning to take advantage of the reasonable rent to create laid-back, passion project restaurants for the locals to enjoy. There are also storied establishments within the area that have been cherish for generations, such as Sunshine Cinema and Katz’s Delicatessen, where they filmed the iconic scene from When Harry Met Sally, as well as places that’ll teach you about the history of New York and the Lower East Side itself, such as The Tenement Museum.

Landmarks:

  • Katz’s Delicatessen
  • The Tenement Museum
  • Petee’s Pie Company
  • Russ & Daughters
  • Rockwood Music Hall