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What are the Neighborhoods of Manhattan?

Dana Hinders
Updated May 23, 2024
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Manhattan, a borough of New York, is the most densely populated county in the United States. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the area is divided into several different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood in Manhattan has its own distinctive reputation, helping to create the borough’s unique charm.

Uptown Manhattan neighborhoods are those which are above 59th Street. Harlem, stretching from the East River to the Hudson River between 155th Street, is a major African American business and cultural center. The Upper West Side, a neighborhood between Central Park and the Hudson River above West 59th Street, has many distinctive architectural features and is frequently used when filming television shows or movies that are set in New York City. Some of the other neighborhoods in uptown Manhattan include Marble Hill, Inwood, Hudson Heights, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, ViVa, Manhattan Valley, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Ansonia, and Lincoln Square.

Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods are those below 14th Street. TriBeCa, a downtown neighborhood which runs roughly from Canal Street to Park Place and from the Hudson River to Broadway, is fashionable and trendy with a highly affluent population. SoHo, a neighborhood bordered by Houston Street, Lafayette Street, Canal Street, and Varick Street, is an artsy neighborhood with many historical areas. Some of the other neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan include NoHo, Little Italy, The Bowery, Two Bridges, Radio Row, Little Germany, Alphabet City, Chinatown, Five Points, and Greenwich Village (also known as "The Village").

Midtown Manhattan neighborhoods are those between 34th Street and 59th Street. Hell’s Kitchen, the area between 34th Street and 57th Street from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, is neighborhood favored by actors and actresses due to its close proximity to Broadway theaters and The Actors Studio training school. The Garment District, a neighborhood situated between Fifth and Ninth Avenues from 34th to 42nd Street, is widely recognized as New York's fashion center. Other midtown Manhattan neighborhoods include Midtown East, Midtown Proper, Rockefeller Center, Diamond District, Great White Way, Tudor City, Little Brazil, Korea Town, and Madison Square.

Between the midtown and downtown areas, you’ll find some of Manhattan’s hippest nightspots. Chelsea, located south of Hell’s Kitchen and north of Greenwich Village, features clubs frequented by celebrities such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton. The Meatpacking District, running from West 15th Street South to Gansevoort Street and from the Hudson River East to Hudson Street, features hot clubs like Tenjune, One, PM, and Aer.

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Dana Hinders
By Dana Hinders
With a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, Dana Hinders brings a strong foundation to her work as a freelance writer. After discovering her passion for freelance writing following the birth of her son, Dana has been a vital part of the WiseTour team. She also showcases her versatility by creating sales copy and content for e-courses and blogs.
Discussion Comments
By subway11 — On Oct 07, 2011

@Sunshine31 - Many up and coming areas in Manhattan like Harlem are becoming gentrified and more people are seeking out these areas to live because they are more affordable.

I was reading that many of the abandoned properties are now being rezoned for commercial and residential use. There are developers looking to building condos along with office buildings. The downside to the gentrification is that it is pushing longtime residents out because the area is becoming more expensive to live for them.

The old dollar stores are being replaced with more upscale stores that charge three times what they used to charge for the same things. I was reading that the average household income of a Harlem resident was $25,000, yet they are building condos that will sell for a million dollars.

Although the crime has gone done significantly, the area is also losing some charm because everything is changing so drastically.

By sunshine31 — On Oct 06, 2011

@Cafe41 - I know what you mean. My friend lives in the Village and her apartment is close to $4,000 a month for a one bedroom. I think that that the people in Manhattan are used to these high rents because there are not a lot of apartments available for rent and a lot of people want to live there.

There are many Manhattan apartments that are rent controlled which means that the rent is usually nowhere near the market rents. This is another reason why there is a shortage of apartments in Manhattan and why the rents are so expensive because people don’t usually give up rent controlled apartments.

Manhattan apartments are almost like a status symbol. If I could, I would love to live on the Upper Westside near Central Park. Having a Central Park West apartment would be beautiful. I would love to imagine having Central Park across from my home and all of those beautiful views.

This is more my part of town. While Greenwich Village is also popular it is too busy for my taste. There are too many bars in that area and I would prefer a more relaxed, but opulent neighborhood like this one. I don’t think the neighborhoods in Manhattan get any better than this.

By cafe41 — On Oct 06, 2011

My sister has an apartment in the Upper Eastside off of East 73rd Street. This area is really nice and her apartment has a view of the East River. If I was going to live in one of the Manhattan areas I would definitely consider this neighborhood because it is upscale and has a lot of restaurants and nearby stores, yet it is so pristine and safe that I would not mind living there. Just about every building has a doorman.

No matter what neighborhood you live in Manhattan you really have to get used to the rental rates which are astronomical. My sister pays $3,500 a month for a one bedroom apartment. In most places in the country this can get you a nice house.

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