New York is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities and every neighborhood has a unique feel and vibe. Through photos, we visit many of these areas – the tony mansions and designer boutiques of the Upper East Side, the grandness of Central Park, the neon-lit Times Square and beautiful buildings of Midtown, the tree-lined streets of the West Village and the trendy boutiques of Soho.
Upper East Side and Madison Avenue
The Upper East Side is home to tony mansions and upscale residential buildings with livered doorman, the designer boutiques of Madison Avenue and a concentration of world-class museums along Museum Mile, including the enormous Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Frick Collection, housed in a neoclassical mansion once owned by Henry Clay Frick, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
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Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Central Park offers over 800 acres of open meadows, ponds, lakes and winding paths. A visit would not be complete without lunch at the Boathouse or watching the remote controlled sailboats in the Boat Basin.
Midtown has less of a neighborhood feel than some of New York’s other neighborhoods but is no less rich in what it has to offer to visitors, including the neon-lit Times Square, the beautiful Beaux Arts Grand Central Station, the imposing façade of the New York Public Library, the serene Bryant Park, and the iconic trio of art-deco buildings -- Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.
Union Square, Flatiron District, Madison Square Park
Union Square Park hosts New York’s largest greenmarket and is a great spot for noshing and people watching. The Flatiron District is home to Madison Square Park and many beautiful buildings, including the triangular Flatiron Building and the pyramid-topped New York Life Building and Metropolitan Life Tower with its elegant clock face.
Chelsea and Meatpacking Districts
Chelsea has become a major destination for art lovers with the arrival of dozens of art galleries and the recent opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Walk along the High Line, a park built on a former railroad track. The Meatpacking District offers trendy boutiques and gourmet food markets, cobblestone streets and a vibrant club scene.
Greenwich Village and West Village
The tree-lined streets of the Village, among the most beautiful in New York, are filled with small restaurants and cafes, boutiques and beautiful brownstone homes. In the center of the Village is Washington Square Park, a small park filled with a mixture of New Yorkers and an ideal spot for people watching.
Soho, once the center of New York’s bohemian art scene, is a bustling area filled with trendy boutiques, gourmet food stores and cobblestone side streets. Soho is also home to many beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings, including the 1904 cast-iron Little Singer Building and the 1909 Edwardian baroque-style Police Headquarters.