Neighborhood Guide

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Manhattan is the epitome of city life.   World renowned for having the best theaters, (More than 40 theaters line Broadway; selling about $1 billion in tickets each year) museums, restaurants, and universities; Manhattan is the choice for those who enjoy the city life and the culture that comes with it.   Add to that quirky neighborhoods, unique people, and historic attractions and there are many New Yorkers who have never lived anywhere else; and many who leave return.

Manhattan is the oldest and most densely-populated city in the United States.    It is an island of 1.6 million People residing in an area of about 23 square-miles.    The island is bounded by three rivers; the Harlem, East, and Hudson.    New York is commonly divided into three different sections – Downtown (or Lower), Midtown, and Upper.   The streets are mostly laid out in a grid making it easy to roam the city.

Given Manhattan’s diversity, there are over 80 well known neighborhoods, and another 100 or more self-proclaimed neighborhoods; each is unique and fun to explore.   New York’s so-called Bohemian reputation has been created by artists, actors, and musicians looking for their break.   Bohemian neighborhoods include Greenwich Village, Alphabet City, the Lower East Side, and the East Village.    These neighborhoods juxtaposed upscale areas such as: SoHo, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side.   These upscale neighborhoods are some of the wealthiest areas in the United States.

Many neighborhoods are named for those who settle there: Little Italy, Chinatown, and Korea-town.   Chinatown is now home to one of the largest Chinese populations outside of China.

Harlem, the northern end of Manhattan with its theaters, arts centers, and gorgeous brownstones was a glorious section of Manhattan.    In the 1960’s and 1970s Harlem fell into hard times and become an area many people feared to enter.    However the last 20 years have brought a renaissance; today Harlem has some of the most desirable and reasonably priced real estate in the city.

Central Park

To many New Yorkers, Central Park is the crown jewel of the city.   It is bounded West 110th Street, 59th Street, and Eighth Avenue. Along the park's borders, these streets are known as Central Park North, Central Park South, and Central Park West respectively.

The park initially opened in 1857, on 770 acres of city-owned land.    Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won a design competition in 1858 to improve and expand (now 843 acres, about 3.4 km2) the park. Construction began in 1858 and was completed in 1873.   According to the NYC tourist bureau, Central Park attracts some 35 million visitors annually.


Manhattan is home to a number of world renowned art museums with works ranging from historic to contemporary. Some of the most well known museums include:
Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA):
American Museum of Natural History:
The Whitney Museum of American Art:
The Frick Collection:
The Guggenheim Museum:


Many of the world’s top chefs call Manhattan home enticing food lovers from around the world.    There are hundreds, more likely, thousands of restaurants in Manhattan; ranging from the small mom-and-pop establishments to world renowned establishments.   Many of the street food vendors have a devoted following and rank highly on critics lists.

Manhattan by the numbers

22.96 Square Miles (59.5 KM Sq) 

1.6 million residents 

105,000 Buildings 

25,000 Restaurants 

2,300 City Blocks 

4,300 MTA Buses 

1,200 miles of streets 

656 Miles of Subway track 

468 Subway stations

85 Neighborhoods


The most basic questions about living in Manhattan are

  • Will you Rent or Buy? 
  • What is your budget? 
  • Where do you want to live? 
  • What neighborhood?
  • What type of building?
  • How many rooms or how much space do you need?

Finding an apartment in Manhattan is a unique experience.   Manhattan apartments for rent can be found by walking around, talking to friends, searching the web, and working with a Real Estate Broker.    The good news is that generally there are 100’s if not 1,000’s of apartments available in New York City.    The bad news is that there are 1,000’s if not 10,000’s or even 100,000’s of people looking for an apartment at any time in New York City. 

And many of the best apartments are not listed and not actively advertised.