Battery Park City
Battery Park City (BPC) is a 92 acre community at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan. It is the site of the World Financial Center amidst numerous residential, commercial, and retail buildings and is adjacent to Battery Park.
The Financial District (FiDi) is at the southernmost section which is made of the offices and headquarters of many of the major financial institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It also includes the area south of City Hall Park and Battery Park City. Wall, Broad, Fulton, and John are the main streets of this neighborhood.
TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal) is a lower Manhattan neighborhood bounded by Canal, West, Broadway, and Vesey Streets. In addition to being the home of the Tribeca Film Festival, it is among the first residential New York neighborhoods with residential development starting in the late 18th century. By the mid 19th century, with the construction of numerous loft buildings along Broadway in the 1850s and 1860s, the area transformed into a commercial center . Today, it is one of the country's most fashionable and expensive neighborhoods.
SoHo (South of Houston Street) is a lower Manhattan neighborhood known for its many art galleries, lofts, and wide array of stores and shops (trendy boutiques and upscale chain stores). Most of this neighborhood is included in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. It is bounded by Houston Street to the north, Lafayette and Centre Streets to the east, Canal Street to the south, and West Broadway to the west.
Lower East Side
The Lower East Side (LES) is located in the southeastern part of Manhattan bounded by Allen, East Houston, Essex, Canal, Eldridge, East Broadway, and Grand Streets. It is bordered by Chinatown to the south and west, NoLita (north of Little Italy) to the west, and the East Village to the north. Although originally an immigrant, working-class neighborhood, it has become the home to upscale boutiques and trendy dining establishments.
The East Village (EV) is a Manhattan neighborhood that lies east of Greenwich Village, south of Gramercy, and north of the Lower East Side. This neighborhood includes the Bowery and Alphabet City. Although this neighborhood was once considered part of the Lower East Side, it developed its own character and is known as the birthplace of punk rock and the Nuyorican literary movement. It also a home to an enthusiastic nightlife and artistic community.
West Village/Greenwich Village
The West Village (WV) is the western part of Manhattan's Greenwich Village and extends west to the Hudson River and extends east to either Sixth or Seventh Avenue. It runs north to south from west 14th Street to Houston Street and is primarily a residential neighborhood with many small shops and restaurants and is bordered by Chelsea and the Meat Packing District to the north and SoHo the south. Washington Square Park is the major landmark in this neighborhood.
Union Square is a popular and important intersection in Manhattan that refers to the union of the national railroad and is bounded by 14th Street on the south, 17th Street on the north, Union Square East to the east (which links Broadway and Park Avenue South to Fourth Avenue and continues along Broadway), and Union Square West to the west. Neighborhoods around the square include the Flatiron District to the north, Chelsea to the west, Greenwich Village to the south, and Gramercy to the east. It is home to the city's best known open-air markets, the Union Square Green market, which offers a large variety produce that is not readily available in conventional supermarkets.
Chelsea is located on the west side of Manhattan and is bordered by 14th Street to the south and 30th Street to the north. Midtown West (Hell's Kitchen/Clinton) is to the north and to the south are the Meat Packing District and the West Village. The neighborhood is mostly residential with a combination of townhouses and renovated rehouses. Western Chelsea has become a central part of the New York art world with galleries located in new buildings and rehabilitated warehouses.
Gramercy's neighborhood boundaries are 14th Street to the south, First Avenue to the east, 23rd Street to the north, and Park Avenue South to the west. It is surrounded by the Flatiron District to the west (Union Square to the southwest), the East Village to the south. Within this area lies the exclusive, landmark Gramercy Park located between East 20th and East 21st Streets between Park Avenue South and Third Avenues.
Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Murray Hill is a Midtown Manhattan neighborhood with boundaries within East 34th and East 40th Streets between Madison and Third Avenues. It is home to the Whitney Museum of Art branch gallery, the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) and many diplomatic embassies and consulates (due to it's proximity to the United Nations and availability of antique mansions) including the Consulate-General of Mexico in New York and the Consulate-General of South Africa in New York. Kips Bay doesn't have any official boundaries, yet it is considered to be the area between East 23rd and East 38th Streets between Lexington Avenue and the East River. There is a commercial strip mall between East 30th and East 32nd Streets on Second Avenue known as Kips Bay Plaza. Along First Avenue there are the New York University Tisch Hospital, College of Dentistry, and School of Medicine.
Clinton, aka Hell's Kitchen and Midtown West is located between 34th to 59th Streets between Eighth Avenue and the Hudson River. Many of the newer residents are actors and other artistic professionals who have relocated from Chelsea. It is also home to the Actors Studio which is famous for teaching "method acting". The Ninth Avenue Association's International Food Festival (one of the oldest street fairs in the city) is held annually usually on the the 3rd weekend of May and runs from 37th to 57th Streets. The area is known for theater and food. Restaurant Row is located on west 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Midtown East borders East 59th Street to the North and East 34th Street to the south and is primarily a commercial area yet includes the neighborhoods of Tudor City (between 1st and 2nd Avenues from East 40th to East 43rd Streets), Turtle Bay (between the East River and Lexington Avenues from East 42nd to East 53rd Streets), and Sutton Place (from East 53rd to East 59th Streets bordering the East River). It is known for a large concentration of skyscrapers and many upscale retail establishments such as department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdales in addition to designer boutiques such as Burberry, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is considered to be the area between 59th and 96th Streets between Fifth Avenue and the East River. Yet, according to the NY Department of Buildings, the neighborhood actually extends to 110th Street in the areas between Fifth and Madison Avenues. It is considered one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. The area is also home to many landmark and cultural institutions including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Upper West Side
The Upper West Side is located between West 59th and West 110th Streets between Central Park and the Hudson River. Although it is technically referred to as "Greater Harlem", some people include as far north as125th Street, west of Broadway as part of the Upper West Side. This neighborhood is primarily residential and an easy commute via the IRT Broadway/Seventh Avenue Line (1, 2 & 3 trains) that run along Broadway or the IND, Eighth Avenue Line (A, B, C & D trains) that run along Central Park West. It is home to the American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Beacon Theater, and Lincoln Center.
Harlem is made up of three different northern Manhattan neighborhoods...Central Harlem which is located bordered by Fifth Avenue on the east, Central Park on the south, Morningside Park, Saint Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues on the west, and the Harlem River on the north. There are three large linear parks - Morningside, Saint Nicholas, and Jackie Robinson which is situated on most of the western boundary. On the east there is Marcus Garvey/Mount Morris Park which separates this area from East Harlem...West Harlem is made up of Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, and Hamilton Heights. This area is bounded by Cathedral Parkway (110th Street) on the south, 155th Street to the north, Manhattan, Morningside, Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues to the east, and the Hudson River on the west. The southern most section of West Harlem is Morningside Heights. Manhattanville begins at around 123rd Street and ends at around 135th Street. Hamilton Heights begins at 123rd Street and ends at 155th Street...East Harlem is located within East 96th Street to the south and East 142nd Street to the north. Fifth Avenue is the western border and the Harlem River the eastern border. Some of Harlem's landmarks include the Apollo Theater, City College of New York, the Schomburg Center, and El Museo Del Barrio.
Washington Heights is a residential northern Manhattan neighborhood that borders Harlem to the south along 155th Street, Inwood to the north along Dyckman Street, the Hudson River to the west and the East River to the east. The neighborhood is connected to Fort Lee, New Jersey via the George Washington Bridge. Near Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street in Bennett Park is a plaque marking Manhattan's highest natural elevation at 265 feet above sea level. Another popular park and tourist attraction is Fort Tryon Park which is home to The Cloisters (the medieval art and culture division of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Five American professional sports clubs played in Washington Heights: The New York Giants baseball team (now the San Francisco Giants), The New York Mets, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants football team, and the New York Jets.
Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood on Manhattan island, is bounded by the Harlem River to the north and east, and the Hudson River to the east. It extends south to Fort Tryon Park and Dyckman Street. Broadway, 207th Street, and Dyckman are the main commercial shopping streets in this mostly residential neighborhood. It is named after Inwood marble, a soft, white, metamorphic rock (arising from existing rock types that change form) found in northern Manhattan. Amongst its famous landmark institutions is the Seaman-Drake Arch, on Broadway near 216th Street. This marble arch is one of the only two free-standing arches (the other is the Arc de Triomphe in Washington Square Park) in the City.