All Manhattan Neighborhoods Explained

Manhattan Neighborhoods

These are not officially defined that Manhattan Neighborhoods and may change for demographic and economic reasons. If you haven’t had the chance to look up New York’s five different boroughs, we recommend you do. These are Manhattan’s most popular neighborhoods, either due to their current touristic interest or because of their importance in New York’s history.

When it comes to living the American Dream, the first place that comes to mind is New York City. New York isn’t actually the most expensive city in the world, but it still does cost a lot to live there. When it comes to picking the right neighborhood to live in in Manhattan, it can be tough coming to a decision.

Manhattan Neighborhoods
Manhattan Neighborhoods

List of Manhattan neighborhoods

This is a list of neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Manhattan arranged geographically from the north of the island to the south.

The following approximate definitions are used:

  • Uptown Manhattan is the area above 59th Street; Upper Manhattan is the area above 96th Street.
  • Downtown Manhattan is the area below 14th Street; Lower Manhattan is the area below Chambers Street.
  • Midtown Manhattan is the area between 34th Street and 59th Street.
  • West Side is the area west of Fifth Avenue; East Side is the area east of Fifth Avenue.

Most Important Neighborhoods of Manhattan


Midtown is bang in the middle of Manhattan, where many of the city’s best known and loved locations can be found. Staying in Midtown you’ll be within walking distance of legendary Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre. Midtown is also home to much of the city’s best shopping, with the famous Saks Fifth Avenue department store and many other top designer outlets.

Gramercy/Flat Iron

The area surrounding the impressive, if slightly odd, form of the Flat Iron building is a relatively quiet district, away from the tourist throngs while still within walking distance of the Empire State Building. Staying in this district offers several other advantages – close to peaceful Madison Square Park and within walking distance of Shake Shack & Burger Joint – two of New York’s most famous restaurants.

Chelsea/Greenwich Village

Down in the south west corner of the island, Chelsea is a charming neighbourhood that’s home to an eclectic mix of pop up boutique, antique markets and other quirky cafes and shopping places. This is the premier destination for art lovers – with over 350 galleries squeezed; and one of the city’s main gay hotspots.

Lower Manhattan

This is the southernmost tip of Manhattan Island. It encompasses Battery Park, the financial district including the New York Stock Exchange and the South Street Seaport. It is mostly commercial, but includes a few fine restaurants and bistros. From the docks in Lower Manhattan, you can take a ferry to Staten Island or the Statue of Liberty.

Little Italy

The neighborhood next to Chinatown just north of Canal Street around Mulberry Street and Spring Street is called Little Italy. It features many restaurants offering diverse cuisine from the various regions of Italy. Scenes in the movie “The Godfather” were filmed here.

Other Neighborhoods Of Manhattan

Central Park

This vast quadrangle of grass and trees that lies in the center of Manhattan Island offers walking trails, horseback riding, ice skating, boating, bicycling, roller blading and many other sports facilities.

Upper East Side

The neighborhood bordering the East Side of Central Park from 59th Street to 96th Street is known as the Upper East Side and is the home of many wealthy and socially prominent New Yorkers. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and several other fine museums are located here. It is also known for exclusive shopping and fine restaurants.

Other Neighborhoods Of Manhattan
Other Neighborhoods Of Manhattan

Best Neighborhoods In Manhattan


Harlem is a lively district; and one where the clash between old and new that’s going on all over New York City is clearly visible. Known worldwide as a center for African-American culture, Harlem is home to some fantastic attractions, including the Apollo Theater and the ornate façade of the First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Big businesses – Starbucks and co – are beginning to creep onto 125th Street. Nevertheless, the area still has a unique energy with street vendors selling more or less everything you can imagine and a great selection of local restaurants and cafes.


Tribeca is an acronym for “Triangle Below Canal,” which is fantastic if you can afford it. There was a time that Tribeca was one of the most deserted places in NYC as it was filled with warehouses. However, a lot has changed and it closely resembles SoHo. Currently it’s one of the liveliest and hippest neighborhood in Manhattan. Although it’s cool, this comes at a price.

The neighborhood is a grid of factories and warehouse buildings, many of them which are old. The buildings are short, so you’ll can see plenty of sky. However, the streets are small and full of dead ends which can be frustrating when driving. Tribeca was once home to Robert De Niro, the founder of the Tribeca Film Festivals. Thanks to him, people in NYC began to admire the cobblestone streets such as Washington, Greenwich and Harrison Streets.

Kips Bay

Kips Bay is a quiet neighborhood that gives you access to all. Union Square is not too far with its variety of stores, gyms, and eateries. Manhattan is quite noisy but Kips Bay is somewhat quieter. The East Village, Flatiron and Chelsea are only 15 minute walks.

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