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Where should I stay in NYC? An area-by-area guide to the city

Published by Pat Dorri on December 7 2023

New York City offers an experience like no other, from the glowing lights of Times Square to the scenic strolls in Central Park, each neighborhood presents its own unique character. This is why deciding where to stay in this dynamic city can feel like navigating a dazzling maze of urban wonders.

Our area-by-area guide highlights the boroughs and neighborhoods in the Big Apple, helping you choose the perfect spot depending on your expectations. From never-sleeping Midtown Manhattan to the glitzy Upper East Side, you will have endless options.

Read on to find out more about what makes each area in New York unique, the amazing places you can visit and our favorite places to stay in each of these places one-of-a-kind.

The table below corresponds to the outlined colors of each area. Read on to find out what makes each of these boroughs and neighborhoods special and unique.

On overview of the best areas to stay in NYC
AreaDescription
Midtown ManhattanPulsating heart of NYC, home to iconic landmarks like Times Square and the Empire State Building
Midtown EastBlend of architectural marvels and important venues such as United Nations HQ and Chrysler Building
ChelseaKnown for its art galleries, the High Line, and a vibrant mix of modernity and historic charm
Hell's KitchenFamous for its culinary diversity, a melting pot of global cuisines and dynamic theater culture
Upper West SideA residential retreat with cultural gems like the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center
Upper East SideSynonymous with sophistication, boasts Museum Mile and luxury boutiques amidst elegant townhouses
Lower ManhattanThe historical core of NYC, combines the financial power of Wall Street with important heritage sites
Greenwich VillageCelebrated for its bohemian and artistic roots, a quaint and vibrant neighborhood with an eclectic vibe
Meatpacking DistrictOnce industrial, now chic, popular area with trendy nightspots, fashion boutiques, and Whitney Museum
Upper ManhattanEncompasses history-rich areas like Harlem, a tapestry of cultural history, jazz, and vibrant community life
BrooklynEclectic and trendsetting, a creative hub with neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights
The BronxKnown for its cultural diversity, boasts attractions like the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden

1. Midtown Manhattan

Why you should stay in Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is the heart of the NYC experience, with streets lined with towering skyscrapers, including the world-famous Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, offering a quintessential New York skyline view.

Planning your trip to stay in central location means you will be at the nexus of the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment options, from Fifth Avenue's luxury stores to the bustling Times Square.

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If you are looking for bright lights in the big city, then Midtown Manhattan is the perfect area to stay at, with Times Square a walking distance away from most neighborhoods.
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There is simply so much to see in Midtown Manhattan as you can see below, so if your priority is to be close to some of the most famous NYC attractions during your stay, staying in this area is one of the best options.

It's also the epicenter of Broadway, where you can catch world-renowned shows and musicals steps away from your accommodation. So, make sure to book a ticket or two to some of your favorite shows or discover new magical stories on the stage.

The area is known for its architectural marvels and historic landmarks, which offer a glimpse into New York's rich history and make fantastic photo ops for that award-winning image!

If you are wondering whether public transport is easy in this area of NYC, Midtown Manhattan is a transportation hub, with major subway lines intersecting here, making it effortless to navigate to other parts of the city.

Where is Midtown Manhattan located?

Midtown Manhattan is located in the mid-section of Manhattan, bordered by the Hudson River to the west and East River to the right. It sits between Lower Manhattan (to its south) and Upper West Side, Central Park, and Upper East Side to its north.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Central Park - An iconic and sprawling green oasis in the heart of Manhattan, offering a peaceful escape with walking paths, lakes, and scenic landscapes.
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - A world-renowned museum showcasing an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Van Gogh, Warhol, and Picasso.
  • Radio City Music Hall - A legendary entertainment venue known for its Art Deco design and the famous Rockettes dance company.
  • Rockefeller Center - A vast entertainment and shopping complex famous for its seasonal ice-skating rink and Christmas tree.
  • Times Square - A bustling hub known for its bright neon lights, Broadway theaters, and the annual New Year's Eve ball drop.
  • Bryant Park - A vibrant public park known for its seasonal activities, including a winter skating rink and summer outdoor movie screenings.
  • Empire State Building - An iconic Art Deco skyscraper with observation decks offering spectacular city views.
  • Flatiron Building - A unique triangular skyscraper and architectural marvel, known for its distinctive shape and historical significance.

Where to stay in Midtown Manhattan

If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Hard Rock Hotel New York is an amazing option. With memorabilia-laden interiors and an energetic atmosphere, this hotel is perfect for music lovers and those looking for some stylish luxury.

Click here for more information on Hard Rock Hotel and others in Midtown Manhattan:

READ MORE - Our Guide to Midtown Manhattan Hotels

Skyscrapers and upscale experiences: Midtown East

Why you should stay in Midtown East

Midtown East, stretching from Fifth Avenue to the East River, is one of our favorite places to stay in Midtown Manhattan and is notably less hectic than its western counterpart.

This area is home to some of the city's most iconic skyscrapers that have become the symbols of the Big Apple.

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Midtown East is home to some of the most famous skyscrapers in New York, including the majestic Chrysler Building.
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Midtown East also boasts a wealth of upscale restaurants and the neighborhood's streets are lined with high-end shops, and peaceful green spaces, such as the serene Tudor City Greens.

With such a rich history, you will find many iconic landmarks, such as the Grand Central Terminal, a stone's throw from your accommodation, wherever you choose to stay within Midtown East.

Its location makes it a convenient base for exploring other parts of Manhattan. With major subway lines running through it, you can easily reach destinations like Central Park, the vibrant neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, or the artistic quarters of Chelsea and Greenwich Village.

Where is Midtown East located?

Midtown East is located on the east side of Midtown Manhattan, adjacent to the East River.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Grand Central Terminal - A historic train station renowned for its magnificent architecture, bustling atmosphere, and the iconic celestial ceiling in its main concourse.
  • Chrysler Building - An Art Deco masterpiece and once the world's tallest building, known for its distinctive terraced crown and gleaming stainless steel cladding.
  • United Nations Headquarters - A symbol of global diplomacy, this complex hosts the main bodies of the UN and offers guided tours of its international facilities and art exhibits.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral - A stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture, this cathedral is a prominent landmark and a beacon of Catholic worship in New York City.
  • Japan Society - A cultural institution dedicated to promoting understanding between the United States and Japan, offering a range of Japanese art exhibitions, performances, and film screenings.

Where to stay in Midtown East

Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection is arguably the best boutique hotel in Midtown East. With its country inn atmosphere, including access to a clubroom for relaxation, this hotel has everything you might need as you explore New York City.

Click here for more information on Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection and others in Midtown East:

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An art gallery oasis: Chelsea

Why you should stay in Chelsea

If you are looking for an area with an artistic heritage in Midtown Manhattan, Chelsea is the perfect place to stay. This neighborhood boasts a vibrant arts scene, most notably through its array of contemporary art galleries that line the streets, particularly in the gallery district near the 20th and 28th streets.

This neighborhood has played a significant role in New York's LGBTQ+ history and culture, with various bars, clubs, and community spaces that celebrate this heritage.

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High Line crosses through the heart of Chelsea, and this elevated promenade will allow you to enjoy the city views framed by greenery from up top.
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If you are looking to spend some time outdoors, the High Line, an innovative and beautifully landscaped elevated park built on an old railway track, passes through Chelsea, offering unique views of the city and the Hudson River.

Chelsea's culinary scene is as diverse as its population, featuring various dining options, from casual eateries and food markets to upscale restaurants. The area is also home to several performance venues, offering theater, dance, and live music.

Its central location in Midtown Manhattan makes it an ideal base for exploring the city, with easy access to major subway lines and close proximity to other notable Manhattan neighborhoods.

The area offers a variety of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to more affordable lodging, catering to different preferences and budgets.

Where is Chelsea located?

Chelsea is located on the west side of Midtown Manhattan and to the north of Greenwich Village.

What can you see while you are here?

  • The High Line - An innovative, elevated park built on a historic freight rail line in Chelsea, offering landscaped gardens, art installations, and scenic views of the city.
  • Chelsea Market - A bustling indoor market set in a former biscuit factory, featuring a diverse array of food vendors, shops, and pop-up events.
  • The Rubin Museum of Art - A museum dedicated to the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions, with a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, and textiles.
  • Madison Square Garden - A world-famous sports and entertainment arena in Chelsea, hosting major concerts, sporting events, and other high-profile events.

Where to stay in Chelsea

When you stay at The Hotel Chelsea, you will be following in the footsteps of Andy Warhol, Arthur Miller, and Bob Dylan, who were all previous guests of this New York institution. This hotel has received a sparkling makeover, so while its old-world spirit is preserved, you will find modern amenities.

Click here for more information on Hotel Chelsea and others in Chelsea:

READ MORE - Our Guide to Chelsea Hotels

A cultural and culinary melting pot: Hell's Kitchen

Why you should stay in Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen has been transformed into a lively and trendy area filled with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. Due to the many cultures call special area home, you will be able to enjoy delicious food from traditional Irish fare to some of the city's best Thai and Mexican meals.

The area is also home to numerous off-Broadway theaters and smaller performance venues that showcase avant-garde and experimental productions, providing a more off-the-beaten-path cultural experience than the mainstream Broadway shows.

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Hell's Kitchen is a vibrant part of the city that is a mosaic of different cultures.
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The neighborhood's proximity to the Hudson River offers beautiful waterfront walks and bike paths, a perk that makes Hell's Kitchen one of the top areas to consider

The neighborhood is well-served by public transportation, making it easy to explore other parts of the city. Despite its central location, Hell's Kitchen maintains a more laid-back and residential atmosphere, providing a comfortable retreat after a day of sightseeing.

Where is Hell's Kitchen located?

Hell's Kitchen is nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, to its upper west side and to the west of Times Square. It sits on the shores of the Hudson River.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Broadway - A world-famous avenue in New York City known for its theater district, hosting numerous renowned Broadway shows and musicals.
  • Intrepid Museum - A maritime and military history museum located aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, featuring a collection of aircraft, submarines, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • De Witt Clinton Park - A public park in Hell's Kitchen offering green spaces, sports facilities, and children's play areas, named after the 19th-century New York governor.
  • Birdland Jazz Club - An iconic jazz club in Hell's Kitchen, known for its live music performances by legendary and emerging jazz artists in an intimate setting.
  • Gotham West Market - A trendy, indoor food market and dining destination featuring a diverse range of gourmet eateries and artisanal food vendors.

Where to stay in Hell's Kitchen

CIVILIAN Hotel is located close to New York's Theatre District, which will put you in an amazing position to explore the city. The hotel features gorgeous views over the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop bar and beautifully appointed rooms with an artistic touch.

Click here for more information on CIVILIAN Hotel and others in Hell's Kitchen:

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2. Upper West Side

Why you should stay in the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side has a distinctively upscale yet relaxed atmosphere, characterized by elegant, tree-lined streets, historic brownstones, and stunning pre-war buildings.

It's a residential area that offers a more authentic New York City living experience, away from the frenetic pace of Midtown. Its proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park means you're never far from green spaces and scenic riverside walks.

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Upper West Side is an upscale area in New York that is famous for its stunning brownstone houses.
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The neighborhood has been home to numerous writers, artists, and musicians over the years. The Lincoln Center, a focal point of the area, is a hub for music, dance, and theater, hosting the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York Philharmonic.

The neighborhood's streets and avenues are dotted with independent bookstores, quaint cafes, and a variety of restaurants where you can sample different dishes from various cuisines.

The area is well-served by public transportation, making it easy to venture to other parts of the city. It offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to charming boutique guesthouses, catering to various tastes and budgets.

Where is Upper West Side located?

The Upper West Side of Manhattan stretches from Central Park to the Hudson River to the north of Midtown Manhattan and to the south of Upper Manhattan.

What can you see while you are here?

  • American Museum of Natural History - A world-famous museum offering expansive exhibits on natural history, including dinosaur fossils, a planetarium, and a vividly recreated blue whale.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - A major cultural venue hosting a wide array of performances, including opera, ballet, theater, and orchestral concerts, in its various theaters and concert halls.
  • The Beacon Theatre - A historic, 2,800-seat theater known for its superb acoustics and intimate setting, hosting a variety of concerts, comedy shows, and other events.
  • Riverside Park - A scenic park along the Hudson River, offering lush green spaces, walking and biking paths, and stunning views of the waterfront.
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan - An interactive and educational museum for children, featuring hands-on exhibits that explore art, science, and culture.

Where to stay in Upper West Side

Nestled between two beautiful parks, The Wallace Hotel features a quiet location while still being in the middle of all the action nearby with Lincon Center a walking distance away. With a cozy lounge that is lit up by life music on certain days, you will be in for a relaxing treat during your stay.

Click here for more information on the Wallace Hotel and others in Upper West Side:

READ MORE - Our Guide to Upper West Side Hotels

3. Upper East Side

Why you should stay in the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side, renowned for its refined elegance and sophistication, is maybe best known for its magnificent, historic townhouses, luxury apartments, and for being home to some of the city's most prestigious hotels.

The Upper East Side is synonymous with upscale living and is famous for its section known as the Museum Mile, which includes world-class institutions.

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Staying in Upper East Side will mean that you will be located near Museum Mile, home to world-famous institutions such as the MET and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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This area is not just a hub for art enthusiasts but also for those who appreciate the finer things in life, including high-end shopping on Madison Avenue, where luxury boutiques and designer stores line the streets.

Not only a luxury shopping hotspot, the neighborhood's affluent history is reflected in its stunning architecture, from the grand mansions of Fifth Avenue to the charming side streets filled with boutiques and cafes, allowing for a deep dive into the architectural and historical narrative of New York City.

Its proximity to Central Park provides easy access to one of the most iconic and beloved public spaces in the world, perfect for morning jogs, leisurely strolls, or picnics. The area is also well-connected by public transportation, making it easy to explore other parts of the city.

Where is Upper East Side located?

This neighborhood, stretching from Central Park to the East River, in between Midtown Manhattan and Upper Manhattan.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Museum of the City of New York - A museum dedicated to celebrating and exploring the distinctive character of New York City through a variety of exhibits on its art, culture, and history.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - One of the world's largest and most comprehensive art museums, offering an extensive collection that spans 5,000 years of world culture.
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - An architecturally unique museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, known for its impressive collection of modern and contemporary art displayed in a spiral layout.
  • Carl Schurz Park - A serene public park located along the East River, featuring lush gardens, playgrounds, and scenic waterfront paths.

Where to stay in Upper East Side

Are you looking to rub elbows with celebrities? The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York is a prestigious hotel modeled after the Versailles, and its stunning neo-Georgian design will surely impress you. You can expect excellent service and celebrity treatment during your stay.

Click here for more information on The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York and others in Upper East Side:

READ MORE - Our Guide to Upper East Side Hotels

4. Lower Manhattan

Why you should stay in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is home to some of New York's oldest neighborhoods like the Financial District, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Here, you can wander through narrow, cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings and explore bustling markets.

The area is also well-known for housing Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, symbols of America's financial power.

However, if you are worried about the commercial nature of the area, it is good to note that the neighborhood transforms from a busy business district during the day to a quieter, more relaxed area in the evenings, providing a comfortable and less hectic environment.

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Lower Manhattan is home to Wall Street, the financial heart of New York, where you can find the famous Charging Bull Statue.
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Lower Manhattan also includes other notable landmarks, such as Battery Park, where you can catch ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, offering a glimpse into the history of American immigration.

The neighborhood's architecture is a mix of old and new, from the Gothic Revival Woolworth Building to the sleek and modern One World Trade Center.

Lower Manhattan is home to the Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic piece of architecture that offers picturesque views of the city and an unforgettable walk with or bike ride into Brooklyn.

Despite its bustling streets, Lower Manhattan has a range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to more budget-friendly choices, catering to various preferences and needs.

Where is Lower Manhattan located?

Lower Manhattan is an area at the southern tip of the island, and connects to Brooklyn via Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge across the East River.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Little Italy - A historic neighborhood famed for its vibrant Italian-American culture, offering a plethora of Italian restaurants, cafes, and annual cultural festivals.
  • Katz Delicatessen - An iconic Jewish deli renowned for its classic New York-style pastrami sandwiches and a rich history dating back to 1888.
  • John V Lindsay East River Park - A scenic waterfront park along the East River, offering recreational facilities, lush greenery, and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • One World Observatory - An observation deck atop the One World Trade Center, providing breathtaking panoramic views of New York City from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The 9/11 Memorial & Museum - A solemn and powerful tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks, featuring twin reflecting pools and a museum with artifacts and stories from the tragic day.

Where to stay in Lower Manhattan

Home to a stunning 9-story atrium and pyramidal glass ceiling, your stay at The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, part of Hyatt, will stay in your memory for a long time. With a choice of restaurants and a night club to enjoy on-site, you might not even want to leave this luxurious hotel for a while!

Click here for more information on The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, part of Hyatt and others in Lower Manhattan:

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Historic bohemian charm: Greenwich Village

Why you should stay in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village, often simply referred to as "The Village", with its winding, tree-lined streets and distinctive bohemian atmosphere, stands in stark contrast to the grid-like layout of much of Manhattan.

The neighborhood is renowned for its colorful townhouses, secluded courtyards, and a plethora of cozy cafes, eclectic restaurants, and independent boutiques.

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If you are looking for a young, bohemian atmosphere, Greenwich Village is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in New York.
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The neighborhood was pivotal in the 1960s counterculture movement and has been a haven for artists, writers, and musicians for decades.

Iconic venues like the Comedy Cellar and the historic jazz club, the Village Vanguard, are just a few examples of venues you can visit and watch a show at. There are many other places to visit while staying there, please see the list below for inspiration.

Greenwich Village's central location in Lower Manhattan makes it a convenient base for exploring the rest of the city, with easy access to public transportation.

The neighborhood offers accommodation options for all budgets and purposes, from charming boutique hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, catering to various tastes and budgets.

Where is Greenwich Village located?

Greenwich Village is located in Lower Manhattan to the west side of Manhattan, on the shores of the Hudson River.

What can you see while you are here?

  • West 4th Street Courts - A famous public basketball court in Greenwich Village, known for its high-level streetball games and frequent appearances by local and professional athletes.
  • Washington Square Park - A lively and iconic public park characterized by its arch honoring George Washington, popular for its vibrant street performers, artists, and central fountain.
  • Washington Mews - A charming, hidden cobblestone street in Greenwich Village, lined with colorful, historic carriage houses and offering a quaint, picturesque glimpse of old New York.
  • Blue Note - A legendary jazz club known for its intimate atmosphere and performances by some of the greatest names in jazz music.
  • The Stonewall Inn - A historic bar and national landmark recognized as the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, following the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Where to stay in Greenwich Village

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is a beautiful boutique hotel that is adorned with elegant 1920s-inspired d├ęcor and boasts a luxurious ambiance. To stay true to its style, the hotel features jazz evenings, which you can enjoy during your stay.

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Trendy urban playground: Meatpacking District

Why you should stay in the Meatpacking District

This is a smaller area located in Greenwich Village, but it deserves a special mention on its own! The Meatpacking District is a trendy neighborhood that offers a unique blend of historical charm and modern chic.

Once known for its industrial warehouses and meatpacking plants, the area has undergone a remarkable transformation into one of New York City's most fashionable districts.

Its cobblestone streets are now lined with high-end boutiques, stylish restaurants, and some of the city's most exclusive nightclubs.

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Meatpacking District is another lively area where you will find fantastic restaurants and bars.
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The district's culinary scene is equally vibrant, featuring a range of dining options from chic cafes and bakeries to high-end restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs.

The Meatpacking District is also the starting point for the High Line, an elevated park built on a historic freight rail line offering panoramic city views and lush greenery.

It's within walking distance of other popular neighborhoods like Chelsea and the West Village, expanding the range of experiences available to visitors. The area is well-connected by public transportation, making it easy to venture further into Manhattan or across the river to Brooklyn.

The district offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to boutique lodgings, catering to different preferences and budgets.

Where is the Meatpacking District located?

The Meatpacking District is nestled at the edge of Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan to the east of Gansevoort Peninsula and Little Island.

What can you see while you are here?

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art - A prominent museum in the Meatpacking District, focusing on 20th and 21st-century American art, housed in a modern building with expansive views of the city.
  • 9/11 Museum Workshop - An intimate and interactive museum experience, offering a poignant and personal perspective on the artifacts and stories from the September 11 attacks.
  • The Diller - Von Furstenberg Sundeck: A scenic spot on the High Line park, offering a tranquil space with wooden lounging chairs, water features, and views of the Hudson River.
  • Little Island - A unique, floating public park built on the Hudson River, featuring lush landscapes, walking paths, and performance spaces on an undulating, artificial island.

Where to stay in the Meatpacking District

If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in the Meatpacking District, Gansevoort Meatpacking is a beautiful five-star hotel that has some of the most beautiful rooftop views of Manhattan.

Click here for more information on Gansevoort Meatpacking and others in the Meatpacking District:

READ MORE - Our Guide to the Meatpacking District Hotels

5. Upper Manhattan

Why you should stay in Upper Manhattan

Upper Manhattan is home to vibrant communities like Harlem, known for its rich African-American history and thriving arts scene, and Washington Heights, which showcases a lively Latino culture.

The area is also speckled with beautiful, lesser-known parks, such as Fort Tryon Park and its stunning views of the Hudson River, providing a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle.

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Harlem, located in Upper Manhattan, is home to different communities and celebrates harmony.
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The area boasts significant cultural institutions like the American Museum of Natural History. Harlem, in particular, is a hub for African-American culture, with landmarks such as the Apollo Theater, where many legendary musicians have performed.

While it's more residential and less crowded, it remains well-connected to the rest of the city through various subway lines. Accommodations in Upper Manhattan tend to be more spacious and cost-effective compared to those in the city's more tourist-centric areas.

Where is Upper Manhattan located?

Upper Manhattan is located to the north of Manhattan, just above Upper West Side, Central Park and Upper East Side. It is framed by the Hudson River and the Harlem River.

What can you see while you are here?

  • The Cloisters - Located in Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe.
  • Apollo Theater - A historic and iconic music hall in Harlem, known as a launchpad for many famous African-American artists and performers.
  • Columbia University - An Ivy League university with a beautiful campus, renowned for its architecture and significant contributions to education and research.
  • Harlem's 125th Street - A vibrant thoroughfare in Harlem known for its rich cultural history, bustling street life, and landmarks like the Studio Museum in Harlem.
  • General Grant National Memorial - The final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, features a majestic mausoleum overlooking the Hudson River.

6. Brooklyn

Why you should stay in Brooklyn

Why you should stay here: Distinct from Manhattan's skyscraper-dominated landscape, Brooklyn has a more relaxed atmosphere with tree-lined streets, brownstone houses, and diverse neighborhoods each with its own character and charm.

From the artsy streets of Williamsburg and Bushwick, known for their vibrant street art, trendy cafes, and lively music scene, to the family-friendly Park Slope with its beautiful Prospect Park, Brooklyn caters all kinds of visitors, and you will find something to do here no matter what your interests are.

Colorful rowhouses lining the street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Brooklyn has more residential areas compared to its neighboring boroughs, but with its affordable hotel options and lively neighborhoods like Williamsburg, it is a great place to stay while visiting New York City.
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The borough is also famous for its iconic Brooklyn Bridge, offering one of the most scenic walks into Manhattan, and the historic Coney Island, a seaside destination with a famous boardwalk and amusement park.

Brooklyn offers a more spacious and often more affordable alternative to Manhattan. The borough has a range of accommodation options, from trendy boutique hotels to charming bed-and-breakfasts, suitable for various budgets and preferences.

Brooklyn is well-connected to Manhattan and other parts of New York City via the subway, making it a convenient base for exploring the wider city.

Where is Brooklyn located?

Brooklyn is located in the southern part of New York City, to the east of Manhattan, and is connected to the borough via Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Williamsburg: A trendy and artistic neighborhood in Brooklyn, known for its vibrant street art, indie music scene, hip eateries, and bustling nightlife.
  • Prospect Park: A large public park in Brooklyn designed by the same architects as Central Park, featuring scenic meadows, a lake, sports facilities, and the Prospect Park Zoo.
  • Highland Park: A spacious and scenic park straddling the Brooklyn-Queens border, offering panoramic views, walking paths, playgrounds, and recreational facilities.
  • Coney Island: A famed seaside destination in Brooklyn, known for its historic amusement park, iconic boardwalk, and sandy beaches.

Where to stay in Brooklyn

Franklin Guesthouse serves up the perfect blend of quirky luxury and welcoming charm in Greenpoint, located in the heart of Brooklyn. You will be wowed by the beautiful artwork featured in the hotel, all done by local artists.

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7. The Bronx

Why you should stay in the Bronx

Why you should stay here: Known for its vibrant neighborhoods, the Bronx is home to the New York Yankees, with Yankee Stadium being a must-visit for baseball fans.

The Bronx is also celebrated for its significant contributions to music, particularly as the birthplace of hip-hop, and its lively arts scene is evident in the numerous murals and street art that adorn its neighborhoods.

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If you decide to stay in Bronx, you will be located at the doorstep of the famous Bronx Zoo.
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The Bronx's culinary landscape reflects its diverse community, offering a range of authentic cuisines, from Italian dishes in Little Italy on Arthur Avenue to Caribbean flavors in areas like Fordham and Eastchester.

This area offers a more affordable alternative for accommodations compared to other areas of New York City, making it attractive for budget-conscious travelers.

The borough is well-connected by public transportation, with subway lines and buses making it easy to access Manhattan and other parts of the city.

Where is the Bronx located?

The Bronx is located to the north of Manhattan and is surrounded by the Hudson River, the East River, and the Hutchinson River. It shares a border with Yonkers and Pelham to its north.

What can you see while you are here?

  • Bronx Zoo - One of the largest zoos in the United States, offering a diverse array of animal habitats, educational programs, and conservation initiatives in an expansive urban park setting.
  • Yankee Stadium - The iconic home of the New York Yankees baseball team, known for its rich history in sports and hosting various major events and concerts.
  • New York Botanical Garden - A stunning 250-acre garden and research institution in the Bronx featuring extensive plant collections, seasonal shows, and the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
  • Pelham Bay Park - New York City's largest public park, located in the Bronx, offering miles of hiking trails, two golf courses, and the Orchard Beach shoreline.