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The Best Thing About New York?


In the words of the bard: “this city has no chill”. And we mean that in the best of all possible ways. Living in Manhattan is like being at the center of the world, the fountain from which art and culture springs. Manhattan is ambitious, it's full of life, it feels like it's pushing you towards something great. There’s always going to be something to do, not matter what you’re interested in. Manhattan offers anonymity for the introverts, and an endless stream of interesting people to meet for the extroverts. Oh, and the food’s better.

Here's a local's pov on living in NYC:
New York just really inspires me. I’m a creative and it makes me want to make things and go after all my crazy ideas. And they don’t feel crazy here because New York feels like a city where everyone is allowed to dream and you don’t always get that in other places.

I can go on the most beautiful vacation and still when I get back to the city and am driving in from Queens the NYC skyline revitalizes me and makes me excited to be home.

For more reviews of Manhattan from locals check out: The Reviews

The Worst Thing About New York?


New York can feel like you’re being “ratio’ed” by the number of days you can get punished for what is hard here compared to the number of days you get to enjoy the things that are amazing about the city. With millions of people living on top of each other, Manhattan can become pretty claustrophobic if you aren’t used to it. That might improve somewhat in a work-from-home culture, but for the most part you either learn to live with the problems, or find ways to get out to escape the occasional exhaustion of living there. If you're from the ‘burbs, Manhattan will feel dirty and crowded and loud, so if you need wide open spaces try to live near the Park, or consider moving to Queens.

Here's the pov of a local who likes living here but acknowledges the challenges:
We exist at a high rate of speed. We eat fast, talk fast, walk fast, and are considered rude because we’re not into much small talk on the subway or out on the go. If you need directions I’ll help if I can and if you want to hangout we can but trying to have a conversation while I’m on the move is a no go. We’re curt not because we mean to be assholes, it’s simply because we grew up with 8 million people wading through crowds of locals and tourists. Growing up here means trying to beat the crowds or being stuffed in a metal box like sardines because you’ve missed the last train and the next one isn’t around for 20 minutes.

How You Living?


Unless you’ve lived in Hong Kong, or maybe San Francisco in terms of housing costs, there is no way to be prepared for the tiny apartments and high prices you’re forced to live with here. Just as unique to the city are the building descriptions, Pre-War being the most common (Built before WWII). These buildings and their designation are going to be important to you because assuming you don’t have a large family (you’re in the burbs) then you may be renting or buying in an old building with crappy elevators, ugly hallways, and tiny units. There are plenty of new luxury developments with absolutely every amenity you could ask for, but be prepared to pay for it with an arm and a leg, or even a couple roommates.

To see the insanely wonderful things there are to do in NYC check out the calendar of events:

Why You Should Move Here Now?


As crazy as it may seem, not living in NYC once in your life is a bit like never skydiving. Billions of people choose not to but wouldn’t you rather be one of those that took your shot? You’ll never know if Manhattan isn’t for you until you live here. If you can embrace the vibe of the city, it will embrace you back.

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Lower East Side

Young Professionals


The Lower East Side has blown up in recent years as it transitioned from an immigrant, working-class neighborhood to a popular spot for young professionals and students. The neighborhood used to be filled with “Bargain District” stores that are now swept away in favor of trendy boutiques and restaurants along tree-lined streets like Clinton. There are so many “speakeasies” in this neighborhood you’d think prohibition was still going on. With all the nightlife here, there are more tourists and young people around, but if you’re looking to find a great meal at any time of night, this is the place.

Since this neighborhood was one of the first to be developed in the city, the streets are narrower, and the buildings are packed together, with a mix of older walk-up apartments newer condo buildings, and emerging high-rise luxury towers. Compared to the East Village, this neighborhood may be a bit more grungy, but it’s also more affordable and has more subway stops. This neighborhood can be more chaotic, but it's full of history, and it's within walking distance to Chinatown, Alphabet City, and even Williamsburg if you’re near the bridge.

  • Saigon Social
  • Banzarbar
  • Pig & Khao

Murray Hill


Curry Hill

If you want to stay in Manhattan but avoid the crush of the hot areas like The Village, SoHo, or the Lower East Side, Murray Hill is a good neighborhood to check out. Although it gets some smack talk on the internet, there are plenty of quieter bars and restaurants, and less expensive condo options make it a great first-purchase choice for singles and couples. Murray Hill has a reputation for having lots of great Indian restaurants, so much so that it got the nickname Curry Hill. Although there aren’t that many subway stops in this neighborhood, it is very close to Grand Central. Despite a reputation for being full of frat bros, this neighborhood is diverse when it comes to both race and age demographics. Generally, if the building was built after the 1980s, there will be more families. Still, maybe stay inside during Santa Con.

  • The Morgan Library and Museum
  • Ahimsa



Queens and Scenes

The Village used to be the center of LGBTQ+ lifestyle in NYC, but skyrocketing real estate prices shifted much of the population to neighborhoods like Chelsea. Chelsea has the largest number of same-sex couples in all of New York and it has a number of gay-friendly businesses along Eighth Avenue as well as a jumping nightlife scene with tons of gay bars and comedy clubs featuring LGBT comedians to keep the community entertained. West of 8th Ave, the neighborhood quiets down and becomes more residential. It’s close to everything– Flatiron, Midtown, West Village, etc., and it has the High Line, Chelsea Park, and several art notable galleries. Transit is easy in Chelsea with tons of different subway lines and bike paths.

  • Beer Run
  • REBAR Chelsea
  • Barracuda Bar

Upper East Side


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Manhattan is notoriously tricky for families, for the most part due to the insane costs, but also because of the small apartments/condos and the feeling that your kiddos aren’t getting much of an outdoor lifestyle amidst the madness. If however, you’re ready to ignore all that and make it happen here then you’re probably going to look at the Upper East Side as an option. It’s the notoriously fancy home to the Gossip Girl characters and is the most historically wealthy neighborhood in NYC. Single-family homes still exist for sale along these tree-lined blocks but for 99.999999% of the population, these will be unaffordable. Apartment buildings, condo buildings and homes divided into flats are more affordable alternatives and the Upper East Side is filled with them. It’s also home to many of the best and fanciest private schools if you don’t want your precious little ones to go to PS101. There are magnet public schools both within the neighborhood and throughout the city so there are ways to get the best of both worlds here. Manhattan has the most museums and art galleries per square foot of anywhere else in the world, and a significant number of them are on the Upper East Side. It’s not necessarily the trendiest spot when it comes to bars and restaurants, but as a large neighborhood, there are still be plenty of spots for fine dining.

  • Meredith Rosen Gallery
  • Museum Mile
  • Sushi Noz

Upper West Side


It's for Living

The Upper West Side is one of the larger neighborhoods in Manhattan, bordering the length of Central Park (59th St-110th St) and the Hudson River. It used to be called the “Bloomingdale District,” not from the department store on 59th and Lexington, but from the Dutch settlers who previously occupied the area, and there are still touches of Dutch colonialism in the street names and villages. This area is considered post-gentrified, though it still remains somewhat diverse. Although it hasn’t quite been a gayborhood since the AIDS epidemic, there are still a few queer-friendly hang-out spots in the area.

With a higher rate of college-educated inhabitants than the rest of the rest, most residents here really value something called “quality of life.” Despite being a larger neighborhood, there’s a real sense of community, especially on Halloween. There’s plenty to do if you want to feel cultured, from the American Museum of Natural History to the Folk Art Museum, to Lincoln Center. If you’re outdoorsy but still love to live comfortably in the city, then Equinox and Arc’teryx are conveniently located across from a Sweet Green on Columbus Ave. Another upside of the Upper West Side is that fewer tourists are on this side of the Park, without pesky Fifth Avenue traffic to worry about. It has less nightlife than downtown or the Lower East Side, but going out for the night is still easily accessible with the subway (as easy as the 1 line, the 2 line, or the 3 line), or you can explore the bars along Amsterdam Ave.

  • Bombay Frankie Roti Roll
  • Bánh Vietnamese Shop House
  • Malecon


Young Professionals/Young Families/DINKs/SINKs

**Welcome back to the Gilded Age **

FiDi has gorgeous Gilded Age and Art Deco architecture, massive high rises, and Wall Street. The neighborhood has changed a lot since the 1970s, with increasing development for residential use bringing more and more young to middle-aged professionals. Development accelerated after 9/11, with the building of more museums, memorials, and the One World Trade Center.

More restaurants keep popping up every day, and there are some surprisingly affordable dive bars in the area too. Since FiDi borders Battery Park, there are also plenty of waterfront dining options. Although there’s no longer the “deathlike stillness that settles on the district after 5:30 and all day Saturday and Sunday," to quote urbanist Jane Jacobs, the tourists and 9-5 workers tend to clear out after Happy Hour. You’ll find yourself in one of the safer places to be at night, free to wander the winding streets and admire the beautiful architecture in peace. Luckily you’re close to Tribeca, SoHo, and LES if you want some more extensive nightlife. Some people don’t love the finance worker type, but if you are a finance-worker type or just someone who loves a quiet weekend on the water, this might be the place for you.

  • Federal Hall
  • The Woolworth Building
  • El Vez and Burrito Bar



Used to be an Artist Neighborhood

Originally the first free black settlement of Manhattan, given to people formerly enslaved by the Dutch East India Trading Company, SoHo embodies the idea that the city never stops changing. From farmland to commercial buildings and theaters to brothels, to manufacturing, SoHo hasn’t been pinned down for more than a couple of decades. In the 1960-70’s the open lofts designed for industrial use welcomed in the artists who would skirt the city’s zoning laws and build the neighborhood’s new reputation as a hub for culture and expression. There are still galleries, but as real estate prices soared and commercialization of the neighborhood increased, the artists moved to Chelsea and the East Village.

Did SoHo sell out? Only if you see it in the scope of the last couple of decades. In some ways, it has returned to its pre-Civil War commercial appeal. It has, however, become less diverse. The neighborhood holds onto its gorgeous 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets, but proposals for new, more affordable developments are controversial since they would lack the appearance of bohemian historicity. As some put it, SoHo is “busy, crowded, touristy, expensive, has a lot of shops, and restaurants,” although some younger people live here, it’s mostly inhabited by older folks, some (but very few) who have even held out since the days it truly was an artists’ neighborhood. For slightly less expensive alternatives, see East Village, Lower East Side, Kips Bay, and Murray Hill. That being said, if you can afford a place in SoHo, why wouldn’t you go for it? It’s beautiful, historic, and fun.

  • Fanelli Café
  • Artists and Fleas SoHo
  • 73 Worth Street

Greenwich Village


So the West Village is part of Greenwich Village, but the East Village is not. Just to make that clear.

Greenwich Village spans from Broadway on its eastern border, to the North River (part of the Hudson River) on the west, and from 14th St down to Houston St. Much like SoHo, Greenwich Village used to be the place to celebrate a more bohemian or alternative lifestyle. It’s also where the historic Stonewall Inn is located, and still, a few other gay bars to boot, especially in the West Village. With NYU nearby, there are more students around, and housing costs tend to veer more student-friendly (not too friendly though) the further you get from the rivers. The West Village is wonderful for dog-walking, especially along the Hudson River Greenway, and there are fewer tourists than in Central Village and Meatpacking. Washington Square Park is a great location for people watching, and for culture, you can visit the Whitney Museum, the exterior of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment building, or any of the other historic sites that were once home to the Beat Generation, queer liberation movements, or artist residencies.

Historic preservationists are fighting with developers and NYU to preserve the historical and architectural integrity of Greenwich Village while mourning the high cost of living that has pushed out many of the artists. Still, the area remains mostly Queer-friendly and liberal today. The public schools are better than average for the city, and the Village is considered more family-friendly than the East Village.

  • Pier 45
  • Stonewall Inn
  • 75 ½ Bedford St