A former industrial district in Lower Manhattan, TriBeCa, short for "Triangle Below Canal Street", has transformed from artist community to upscale residential district in recent years. Sitting on the Hudson River and sandwiched between Canal and Chambers Streets west of Broadway, the neighborhood's cobblestone streets and loft buildings give it a surprisingly quaint feel for Manhattan.
The Financial District comprises the southern tip of Manhattan, with the Hudson River on the west, the East River on the east, New York Harbor to the south, and Chambers Street on the north. It is one of the two largest business districts in New York City - the other being Midtown Manhattan - and is the historical core of the modern city, a fact reflected in the convoluted street pattern compared to the grid of regular streets and avenues found uptown.
Manhattan's famous Chinatown is a lively neighborhood, full of good values in restaurants and food shopping. Also on sale are cheap knockoffs of designer labels made in China, and all sorts of trinkets and toys.
One of the world's great cities, New York City (known as "The Big Apple", "NYC," or just plain "New York") is a global center for media, entertainment, art, fashion, research, finance, and trade. The bustling, cosmopolitan heart of the 4th largest metropolis in the world and by far the most populous city in the United States, New York has long been a key entry point and a defining city for the nation.
SoHo, short for "South of Houston" and a reference to its supposed similarities to the London Soho, is a diverse and increasingly upscale neighborhood of Manhattan. SoHo used to be a bohemian quarter of artists who subsisted in lofts, which at first weren't recognized as legal housing, and teeming art galleries.
thumb|350px|The corner of Orchard and Rivington Streets, Lower East Side
Greenwich Village (often referred to as "West Village" or simply "the Village") is a well-known, largely residential district in Manhattan, once famous for its vibrant art and literary community. Nowadays the neighborhood is so gentrified that the artists and poets who once lived here wouldn't be able to afford the rents, but the Village is still worth a visit for its lovely tree-lined streets and colorful history.
Downtown Brooklyn is in Brooklyn. In addition to the downtown area proper, it includes Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and the Navy Yard.
In the shadow of the skyscrapers of Midtown sit some of Manhattan's most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods. Busy Flatiron is one of the borough's most active shopping and entertainment districts, situated between Union Square and Madison Square Park, two of the most popular meeting places for Manhattanites.
Situated on the southwest side of Midtown Manhattan, Chelsea has changed considerably in recent years. Encompassing the area west of 6th Avenue from 14th Street up to 31st, the area was once a locus of industry, with many factories and other industrial buildings occupying the blocks along the Hudson River.
Midtown East is the core retail and commercial neighborhood of Manhattan, containing the highest concentration of business and money this side of, well, the planet. The Empire State Building, the most iconic building (even if no longer the tallest) in the city is here.
Gowanus and Red Hook is in Brooklyn. In addition to Gowanus and Red Hook, this travel guide also covers Carroll Gardens.
Hoboken is a small city on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Once known only as the birthplace of baseball and crooner Frank Sinatra and the site of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken has become a party town, rich in bars and clubs, and a bedroom community for young, mostly twenty-something professionals who work across the river in New York City.
Jersey City is New Jersey's second-largest city. Situated in the northeastern section of the state, Jersey City sits across the Hudson from its older and bigger cousin, New York City.
Weehawken is a town on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Despite having a high population density and a location at the heart of the New York metroplitan area, Weehawken has a small-town feel, comprised of close knit neighborhoods.
The Upper East Side of Manhattan is one of the city's wealthiest districts. Spanning the stretch of island between 59th Street to 96th Street east of Central Park, the neighborhoods of Lenox Hill, Yorkville, and Carnegie Hill are full of luxurious townhouses and apartment buildings on some of the most affluent addresses in New York.
Williamsburg is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, as little as one subway stop away from Manhattan, and is bordered to the north by Greenpoint, to the east by Bushwick and to the south by Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Long Island City and Astoria are two adjoining neighborhoods in Queens, a borough of New York City.
Bedford-Stuyvesant and Flatbush are in Brooklyn. In addition to the two aforementioned neighborhoods, this travel guide covers Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens, Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Midwood.
thumb|300px|right|Classy apartment buildings on the Upper West Side
A vast green swath of open space in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is a district in its own right, neatly separating the Upper East Side from the Upper West Side, stretching from Midtown at the southern end to Harlem to the north. The park is a convenient oasis for New Yorkers escaping from their skyscrapers and is well-known globally after its appearance in many movies and television shows, making it one of the most famous city parks in the world.
Greenwood and New Utrecht is a part of Brooklyn, New York City that encompasses the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Borough Park, Kensington, Parkville, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach.
Brooklyn, the "Borough of Homes and Churches," is one of the five Boroughs of New York City. It used to be and still feels much like a city in its own right, with approximately 2.
Upper Manhattan is a large, relatively under-visited area that ranges from 125th Street to Inwood Hill Park on the west and from 96th Street northward on the east (where the island of Manhattan tapers off unevenly). The area includes Harlem, recognized globally as a center of African-American culture and business and home to America's historic Black nationalist movements, and East (Spanish) Harlem.
Bayonne is a city in New Jersey. It is home to Cape Liberty Cruise Port.
Coney Island and Brighton Beach are in Brooklyn. In addition to those two neighborhoods, this travel guide covers Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, and Sheepshead Bay.
Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in Queens, a borough of New York City. Elmhurst and Corona are also covered by this article.
East Brooklyn encompasses Cypress Hills, East New York, Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Barren Island. Even many New Yorkers from outside these neighborhoods seldom if ever visit, and these areas represent unlikely tourist destinations, unless you are visiting friends or attending a specific event.
Queens is a crescent-shaped (with a tail) borough traversing the north-to-south width of Long Island and including two of the major New York City area airports, LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International (JFK).
East Rutherford is a Borough in Bergen County which is located in the northeast part of New Jersey. Formerly known as the township of Boiling Springs, East Rutherford was renamed on May 23, 1893 when it was purchased by the Borough officers of the East Rutherford Borough.
Rutherford is a cute suburb in Bergen County, New Jersey, becoming incredibly expensive to live in.
Forest Park is the name of a large city park and a section of Queens, a borough of New York City. It includes the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, a well-kept, leafy neighborhood of relatively well-to-do homeowners and immigrants from areas including the former Soviet Union and Poland; Rego Park, which has been settled in particular by immigrants from Uzbekistan and East Asia; and Kew Gardens, which is in effect a wealthy suburb, but within New York City limits.
Newark is New Jersey's largest city and second largest in Metro New York. Although one of the great historic cities of the Northeast and the most culture-rich city in the state, Newark is often overlooked in favor of Goliath-like Manhattan and towns along the Hudson River, such as Jersey City and Hoboken.
Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is the county seat, and a center of government, legal activity, and commerce in the region.
Englewood is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey. It borders on Fort Lee and Englewood Cliffs to its east, Tenafly to its north, Teaneck to its west, and Leonia to its south.
Teaneck is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is the suburb with the second highest population of the 70 towns in the county with 39,776 as of the 2010 United States Census.
Jamaica is an expansive neighborhood located in eastern Queens. Historically consisting of predominantly black communities, Jamaica now is home to an extremely diverse array of peoples and cultures.
The Rockaways is a peninsula in Queens, a borough of New York City. The area is well known as Queens' main beach area.
Paramus is a major shopping town in New Jersey. Many people from all over the New York metropolitan area (especially people from New York City and Westchester County) come here to shop at the many stores along New Jersey state routes 4 and 17, as well as at the Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus Park Mall, Bergen Town Center, Fashion Center, and (by extension, because it's actually in Hackensack) The Shops at Riverside malls.
Gateway National Recreation Area is a National Recreation Area in Metro New York. This 26,607 acre (107.
Yonkers is in Westchester County and the fourth largest city in New York state. It is a suburb of New York City and directly borders the Bronx borough of New York City.
John F. Kennedy International Airport () is in the borough of Queens, New York.
River Vale Township is in Bergen County, in the Gateway region of New Jersey. About a half hour drive outside of New York City, the suburb of River Vale is within driving distance of anything one would ever need.
Bronxville is a village in Westchester County, and is home to Sarah Lawrence College.
Cranford is a township in Union County, New Jersey. It has a charming downtown.
Keansburg (Gem of the Bayshore) is a working class resort town located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, on the East coast of the United States of America.
Hastings-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York.
New Rochelle is a city in Westchester County in New York. It is the home of Iona College.
Clark is a city in Union County, New Jersey. It is a suburban town of around 16,000 located 13 miles from Newark.
Dobbs Ferry is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York in the United States of America.
Wyckoff is a township located in Northwest Bergen County in the state of New Jersey. It has a population of approximately 16,700 and is 6.
Wayne is a city in New Jersey and home of William Paterson University.
Irvington is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York in the United States of America. It takes its name from the author Washington Irving, who lived nearby.
Lincoln Park is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey. Despite being close to Paterson which is known for a high crime rate, it's a pretty peaceful place to visit for a little stop.
Long Beach is a city in Nassau County, on an island across from Long Island, New York.
Red Bank is a hip city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the United States of America. It is the Garden State's answer to Greenwich Village.
East Hanover is a township in Morris County in the state of New Jersey. The town is a suburban neighborhood with a population of largely Italian descent.
Summit is a city in New Jersey. It is located in Union County and is about 20 miles from Manhattan.
Hempstead is a town on the South Shore of Nassau County, New York.
Elmsford is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York in the United States of America.
Edison is a city in Middlesex, New Jersey. The city is named after Thomas Alva Edison who carried out most of his life's work, including the invention of the phonograph, here.
Glen Cove is one of two cities in Nassau County on Long Island located in New York. It is surrounded by the Long Island Sound to the north and The Town of Oyster Bay's villages and hamlets to the east, south, and west.
Sleepy Hollow is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York in the United States of America.
Monsey is a hamlet in the town of Ramapo in Rockland County, New York.