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Best Neighbourhoods in Manhattan

Manhattan is undoubtedly the heart of New York. 🗽

It is the most densely populated of New York’s five boroughs, and it is bounded by three rivers- the Hudson River, the East River, and the Harlem River. It is one of the world’s safest commercial, financial, and cultural centers, playing host to such iconic sites as the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Broadway, every theatre lover’s dream.

The borough is also home to the two largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalization: the New York Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ. It plays host to Fifth Avenue, the home of high-end retail stores. Many media conglomerates have their headquarters here, and many books, films, and television series are set in the borough. You can also find the headquarters of the United Nations here!

It is such a glamorous and wealthy place, and where better to pitch your tent than in the actual heart of New York? If you’re looking to settle there, here’s a list of eight great places to settle.

Eight Great Manhattan Neighborhoods

Manhattan is divided into three parts:

  • The Upper

  • Midtown

  • Lower parts

Geographically speaking, the Upper portion is the place north of Central Park’s southern side, the Lower portion is south of Union Square, and in the middle is Midtown.

Here are eight great places in Manhattan.

Upper Manhattan

The Upper East Side

No list of great neighborhoods would be complete without mentioning the Upper East Side. Based on films and television, the Upper East Side is the playground of the very rich, very famous, and very beautiful.
In reality, the Upper East Side is a safe place for you if you have a large budget, and place a high value on living a quiet life with your family. The Upper East Side has some of the priciest houses and condos and some of the best schools, both public and private.
It is also home to Central Park, lots of museums and galleries (for the cultural experience), and great places to eat and drink.

The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is on the other side of the Upper East Side by way of Central Park. It is great for lovers of nature, raising children, and quiet life.
Living on the Upper West Side will cost you a little less than living on the Upper East side, but with more green spaces, less pricey condos, and equally as great schools.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the American Museum of Natural History are located on the Upper West Side and are great places you should take your children to.
On the north side of this neighborhood, there is a large student community on the Columbia University student campus, which makes this area a good place for students. Where there are students, there’s a healthy nightlife, so people looking for a place with great nightlife will feel at home on the Upper West Side.

Harlem

Harlem is a place with a lot of history and a lot of diversity. Expatriates from all over the world prefer to stay in Harlem because of its warm welcoming atmosphere, and the sense of community that you get when you live there.
Harlem is home to some of New York’s higher institutions like City College of New York, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University, which makes it a great place for students. There are also brilliant public and private schools in Harlem, so your child gets the best education in a tight-knit community.

Midtown Manhattan

Hell’s Kitchen

Don’t let the name scare you away, Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood where you can have access to great nightlife, great theatre, and loads of great fun.😜
Hell’s Kitchen is a great tourist spot because of its proximity to Times Square. If you’re not a fan of touristy places, this is not the place for you. If you like filling your days with activity, and your nights with fun, Hell’s Kitchen has a number of fun places to eat, drink, and party.

Chelsea

While not very well-known, Chelsea has much to offer for fans of the arts, nightlife, the LGBTQ community, and hipsters.
Chelsea is said to have over 400 art galleries within its boundaries, with the most famous being the Petzel and Agora galleries.
Chelsea is a great place for the LGBTQ community because it has loads of gay bars, popular hangout spots, and gay residents. It has been one of the most famous LGBTQ areas since the 1970s.

Kip’s Bay

Kip’s Bay is one of the smallest neighborhoods, and it’s located East of Chelsea. It is a relatively peaceful area with fantastic schools, which makes it one of the best areas for families to live in.
Two prestigious private schools, Martel School and the British International School of New York are located in this small neighborhood. Kip’s Bay is close to the bustling places in Lower Manhattan, so if you’re up for an occasional night on the town, a short trip there will help.

Lower Manhattan

The Lower East Side

If you’re a fan of non-stop nightlife, you’ll most definitely find your place here. Located in the southeast pocket, this hotspot is daily evolving into an edgy, energetic, and eclectic place to live.
The Lower East side boasts an excellent food scene with food from almost every part of the world. Its nightlife is booming, and if you’re a young person that loves to eat and party, this might be a great fit for you.

East Village

The East Village is made up of a young crowd, and where young people are, there’s bound to be excellent nightlife.
There’s a large community of expatriates in the East Village, so the population is very diverse. It is also one of the best neighborhoods for students as there are lots of universities in the area. There are great condos in the area too.

One Last Word

Manhattan is large, and depending on your budget, your lifestyle, and your preferences, different neighborhoods could be suitable for you. You can use this article to help you figure out where you would like to live in this glamorous borough.