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Chelsea

Built in 1830, New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood is a contemporary art district known for its beautiful amalgamation of industrial landmark and shiny new structures. Previously dominated as an industrial hub with freight lines, warehouses and shipping, the neighbourhood has evolved over the years and is now home to many prestigious spaces such as Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery and residential units.

Buzzing with rich culture and modern architecture, today Chelsea is one of the popular places to live in New York City. Widely known as the city's gay nexus as well as the perfect place for art lovers (over 200 galleries), the neighbourhood reflects the ethnic and social diversity of the population here. The neighbourhood has everything you need to make your day exciting in terms of things to do, eat and see. You will find some amazing ethnic restaurants, shops, clothing boutiques and flea markets in the area.

The neighbourhood is easily accessible by the New York City Subway routes namely IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line's 1 2 services, the IND Eighth Avenue Line's A C E services, and the IND Sixth Avenue Line's F M services.

East Village

The East Village is an area east of Broadway to the East River, between 14th Street and Houston Street. There are several smaller neighbourhoods within this area including Alphabet City and The Bowery.

After 1960, the neighbourhood started to evolve and developed its own identity, celebrating diverse community, vivacious nightlife and artistic sensibility. Over these years, many artists, musicians, students and hippies began to move into the area, making it a centre of the counterculture in New York. The area has also witnessed many artistic movements including punk rock and the Nuyorican literary movement.

You will get to see the remnants of its spirited past in arty hangouts like Nuyorican Poets Cafe, parks, restaurants, indie record stores and grungy watering holes.

With huge influx of prominent bars, East Village now has the highest concentration of bars in the city along with affordable eateries. It has more income and ethnic diversity compared to most of its neighbours.

East Village is home to several famous tourist attractions and is a hub for significant events that will keep you engaged throughout the day.

Gramercy Park

Gramercy is a private and centrally located neighbourhood, embracing a cosy village charm.  The warm and inviting place is quiet and peaceful, adored with cute little parks and cultivated greenery that will compel you to stop & admire its surroundings. Beautiful tree-lined avenues and open green space, flowers, and small gardens line almost every street, making the area alive. The place holds a unique charm for its historic marvel and legends like Astors, Morgans, Rockefellers and Roosevelts, who lived here in their elegant townhouses. The neighbourhood has been home to many renowned writers, politicians and artists, who enjoyed staying in the peaceful atmosphere. 

The lush green Gramercy Park is not open to the public and can only be accessed by residences living on the park’s perimeter as only they have the keys to unlock its gates.

Visiting Gramercy, you’ll see centuries’ worth of attractive residential architecture, pretty and large brownstones and lovely details. In Gramercy, every single detail deserves a second look.

Centrally located, Gramercy is easy accessible by public transportation like train and bus.

Lower East Side

Located in Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side is an energetic and diverse neighbourhood in New York that breathes fashion. Once an overcrowded slum, Lower East side is now labelled as Manhattan’s most fashionable, artful and eclectic neighbourhood. Abbreviated popularly as LES, the architecture of the area emanates an uncanny charm. Cramped spaces, slightly dodgy alleyways and tenement-style complexes add to its artful & fashionable appeal. The neighbourhood is acclaimed for its nightlife, chic cafes, restaurants and nightclubs.

In addition, outstanding restaurants, shops, indie boutiques and scenery eateries make the area a lively and exciting place to live. Lower East Side no doubt has the premier nightlife and party locations perfect for weekend excitement and holidays in New York.  

The neighbourhood is well connected by public transportation and is served by New York City Subway (metro stations) and bus service. The nearby metro stations are Grand Street (B D), Bowery (J Z), Second Avenue (F), Delancey Street – Essex Street (F J M Z), and East Broadway (F).  New York City Bus routes include M9, M14A, M14D, M15, M15 SBS, M21, M22, M103, B39.

Midtown East

A highly popular place where ambitious professional New Yorkers come to work, the Midtown East neighbourhood is home to Manhattan’s corporate experts and the area boasts world-class skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and the Seagram Building along with countless restaurants, bars and cafes. Although Midtown East is busy on business throughout the day, you can spend a good evening at the amazing nightclubs and bars and explore the many different cuisines and flavours.

Situated in the centre of Manhattan, this is the place to explore stunning cultural attractions, tree-lined streets and the quiet, peaceful locality close to the East River.

The best part of this neighbourhood is its easy access to anywhere in the city. The district has Grand Central Station, which is a popular landmark. Main subway stations here are 5th Avenue, Central Park or 42nd street.

Midtown West

Home to some of the most iconic buildings and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the headquarters of the United Nations and the Chrysler Building, Midtown West stands for the lengthwise portion of the borough and island of Manhattan in New York City. It stretches from 30th Street to 59th Street on the West Side of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The biggest central business district, it also contains the famous commercial zones such as Broadway, Rockefeller Center and Times Square. This neighbourhood is famous for its famous architecture and houses several niche and hotspot destinations like Koreatown.

Midtown is surrounded by Times Square, Theatre District, Roosevelt Island, Chelsea, Kips Bay, Midtown East, Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen.

You can reach here in 30 minutes by cab from JFK Airport and in 20 minutes from Laguardia. The Financial District, Wall Street is 22 minutes by subway.

Murray Hill

There is more to Murray Hill than hoarse nightlife and hip cafes. This famous neighbourhood in midtown Manhattan in New York City offers something for everyone. Stretching from 30th to 40th street between 5th and 3rd avenues, Murray Hill is a potpourri of high rises, clubs, lounges and restaurants for people of diverse tastes. It is located within Manhattan, Midtown East and Midtown and is surrounded by Flatiron District and Kips Bay.

Murray Hill is 15 minutes by cab from LaGuardia Airport and 25 minutes from JFK Airport. Wall Street is 23 minutes by subway and Times Square is 17 minutes.

The area of Little India is a nice place to try authentic cuisine and buy traditional clothes and there are quite a lot of interesting things to shop in the small boutiques. There are a few tree-lined streets in Murray Hill and high end places like the Morgan Library and Museum with an extensive collection of books.

Union Square

The gateway to downtown, Union Square is a popular cultural, business and education hub, surrounded by mix of corporate buildings and neighbourhood staples. Its unmatched cultural diversity, impressive equestrian statue and elite crowd of artists and poets make this neighbourhood a true treat to watch.  Stunning street performers and bustling Farmer’s Market adds to Union Square’s cultural magnitude.

Union Square is an exceptional amalgamation of affluence and convenience, where you will find classy restaurants and shops, luxury spas to popular retail chains. The neighbourhood is a significant place for gathering and there are several high profile events which are hosted here. Till date, the district continues to be the staging ground for numerous historic rallies and demonstrations.

Tourists who visit here enjoys breathtaking views of popular sites and also experience ‘bench-watching’, wherein people-watch the diverse crowd of artists, college kids and skater dudes near the 14th Street. People draw immense pleasure watching these skaters flipping their skateboards and performing various stunts impressively.

With third largest transportation hub in New York City, Union Square enjoys central location and easy subway access. There are eight subway lines converge at Union Square namely 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, & Q trains and other subway lines are only two blocks west of Union Square Park.

Upper East Side

The posh buildings and high-end boutiques define The Upper East Side, an area in New York’s Manhattan. It is located between Central Park, the East River, 96th Street and 59th Street. Wealth and luxury define the area and Upper East Side is definitely one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in New York City.

This part of New York incorporates many small neighbourhoods like Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill and Yorkville. The place is a main destination from the tourist point of view, not just because of the wealth and affluence but also because of the excellent museums in the country. You can find Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian Design Museum along with a wide range of art galleries.

You can reach Upper East Side from LaGuardia Airport in 20 minutes by cab and from JFK Airport in 40 minutes.

The major commercial intersection and neighbourhood of Midtown Manhattan, Times Square is 17 minutes by Subway. Wall Street is 26 minutes by subway from Upper East Side.

Upper West Side

Upper West Side is where you saw Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan living in You’ve Got Mail and where Jerry called home in Seinfeld.

A neighbourhood in the borough of Manhattan, Upper West Side lies between Hudson River and Central Park and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street and is enveloped by Riverside Park and Central Park. Upper West Side is rich, affluent and mainly residential. It is one of New York’s more quiet and neighbourhoods and known to be the home of the city’s cultural and intellectual lot.

Upper West Side offers a lot more than meets the eye and especially the cultural offering makes the place worth a visit. Apart from the very famous Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New-York Historical Society and American Museum of Natural History, there is a wide range of shopping and eating joints to mesmerise you by the broad tree-lined streets in Upper West.

To get to Upper West, take the A, B, C or D trains to numerous stops along Central Park West or the 1, 2 or 3 trains to numerous stops along Broadway.

West Village

Characterised by curving streets, eccentric passages and notable townhouses, West Village is one of the most preferred neighbourhoods in New York City. A stroll in West Village takes you to charming cafes and pleasant parks. To stay in West Village is to live the life of a local in New York.

West Village comprises the Western portion of the Greenwich Village neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan. West Village is surrounded by Sixth Avenue on the east and Hudson River on the west. The neighbourhood is mainly residential and is home to numerous shops and restaurants. For residential properties, it is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the United States.

The ambience of West Village is calm and idyllic and allows shoppers to enjoy and experience peacefully. West Village is the place where you get everything from unusual finds to global-brand goods. It is a shopping and dining territory.

West Village will remind you of a European town with lots on offer for shoppers, diners and art enthusiasts. It maintains a distinct vibe making it a class apart from the rest.

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