The nicest neighbourhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York!
If I could choose one city in which I want to wake up tomorrow, it would definitely be New York. The city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. New York will never get bored! Whether you’re looking for some culture, places to shop, the best hotspots or a nice green spot. New York has it all! Best known are of course Manhattan and Brooklyn which have different sub-neighbourhoods. But where do you have to go for what? To make New York even more fun for you, we’ve made a 101 of the nicest neighbourhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Enjoy!
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– Chelsea: Chelsea is a neighbourhood with an artistic edge. So when you’re looking for special galleries, this is the place to be. Also worth a visit: the High Line: old subway rails which connect Chelsea to the Meatpacking District.
Must visit hotspots: Chelsea Market, The Meatball Shop, Blue Bottle Coffee
– Chinatown: when you’re in Chinatown, it seems like your leaving New York and enter China. With all those colorful Chinese restaurants, fish markets and little shops where you can buy Asian herbs and spices.
Must visit hotspots: Apotheke, The Fat Radish, Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
– East Village: East Village is a somewhat upscale neighbourhood in New York. Here, you’ll see a lot of classic, high houses. But it isn’t at all niminy-piminy because this place is vibrant from early in the morning till late in the evening and happy hours are everywhere.
Must visit hotspots: Cafe Mogador, Third Rail Coffee, Momofuku Noodle Bar.
– Greenwich Village: this is a beloved area for New Yorkers because of the nice ‘village vibe’. There’s a bakery on every corner of the street and a grocery shop. But also trendy hotspots to eat and drink something.
Must visit hotspots: Jeffrey’s Grocery, by CHLOE, Rosemary’s.
– Harlem: above Central Park you’ll find Harlem which is known for its Afro-American roots. But you also have to be here for good jazz music and soul food. Remember it’s not always that save in the evening!
– Little Italy: this small neighbourhood is bursting with cosy (Italian) restaurants and small boutiques. As lively it is by day, as quiet it is by night. The perfect place to look for a hotel if you want a tranquil night.
Must visit: Maman, Two Hands.
– Lower East Side: Lower Manhattan is the place where you’ll immediately feel like home and especially at the Lower East Side. Stroll through the streets, drink a coffee and dress up for a cocktail evening.
Must visit: el Rey, Whynot Coffee, The Meatball Shop
– Meat Packing District: it used to be the most trendy neighbourhood of New York and now it’s the place to be for a good party. By day, you shop at the designer boutiques and eat at the small restaurant. By night, you dance the night away.
Must visit hotspots: Santina, Chelsea Market, The Standard Hotel + Le Bain
– Noho: this boho chique neighbourhood shows historical architecture and counts a lot of hotspots which make craft products. Just know: it’s a little pricey.
– Nolita: you’ll immediately fall in love with the romantic Lolita. A neighbourhood which is characterized by its small streets, sunny terraces, little boutiques and the best restaurants.
Must visit hotspots: Seamore’s, Little Rascal, Epistrophy.
– Soho: Soho is the neighbourhood where brands like Chanel and Prada are established in the big impressive industrial buildings. This is also the place to be for design furniture and art galleries. So it’s a great place to shop but also enjoy the beautiful houses and French fire stairs.
Must visit hotspots: Everyman Espresso, Jimmy, Jack’s Wife Freda.
– TriBeCa: this is one of the best neighbourhoods of New York and yes, you’ll (maybe) spot a lot of celebrities over here. Known for its buildings made of red bricks and great restaurants.
– Upper East Side: classic, chique, that’s Upper East Side. In this neighbourhood, you’ll find luxury hotels, marble foyers and the best designer boutiques.
– Upper West Side: on the other side of Central Park, in the Upper West Side, live the richer families. Admire the beautiful houses and dive into the smaller side streets for nice brunch spots.
>> 101 neihgbourhoods Brooklyn >>
– Bushwick: an upcoming but still raw neighbourhood in Brooklyn with awesome street art and graffiti. More and more often, you’ll find galleries, trendy hotspots and cool lofts over here.
Must visit hotspots: Roberta’s, Lot 45, Ap Cafe.
– Carroll Gardens: a neighbourhood with an Italian touch. In the side streets of this cosy neighbourhood, you’ll find fun boutiques and restaurants, brownstone houses and little cafés.
Must visit hotspots: Black Gold, Frankies Spuntino, Leyenda.
– Dumbo: Dumbo is located nearby Brooklyn bridge. A neighbourhood with industrial warehouses and vintage loft spaces, green parks and hidden corners.
Must visit: Smorgasburg Foodmarket, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
– Greenpoint: this neighbourhood is known for its big warehouses and offers spaces to families as well as young entrepreneurs. From Greenpoint, you have a phenomenal view over the skyline of Manhattan.
Must visit hotspots: Achilles, Budin, Ramona.
– Red Hook: located under Carroll Gardens, you’ll find Red Hook; a somewhat difficult neighbourhood to reach because no subway stops here. Old warehouses are transformed into community centers, cafes and podiums.
– Williamsburg: Williamsburg is a paradise for food and shop lovers and Bedford Avenue is a popular street with different (vintage) shops. Stroll around in the side streets for cosy restaurants and nice coffee bars.
Must visit hotspots: Cafe Mogador, Salt and Charcoal, Maison Premiere.
Yourlbb in the city centre of New York! Enjoy Manhattan & Brooklyn with this 101!
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>> YOURLBB’S FAVORITE HOTELS IN NEW YORK:
– SOHO & NOLITA: The Soho Grand Hotel, Crosby Street Hotel, The Broome, The Bowery, The Nolitan & The James
– BROOKLYN: NU Hotel & Aloft
– WILLIAMSBURG: The Wythe Hotel
– MEATPACKING DISTRICT: The Standard Hotel, The Gansevoort Hotel, Dream Downtown & The Jane
– LOWER EAST SIDE: Sixty LES
– EAST VILLAGE: The Standard Hotel
– MID TOWN: ACE Hotel & The Nomad
– TIMES SQUARE: CitizenM, Yotel & Intercontinental Times Square
– QUEENS: The Boro Hotel
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