NEW YORK CITY GUIDE: Key Areas To Explore

posted on: February 24, 2011

Chelsea: Manhattan’s art gallery district contains some of the best dealers between 10th and 11th Avenues, from 24th to 27th Street, which explains why the Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons flagships are here. For significantly more retail, head south to the District.


East Village : A busy residential neighborhood with a bohemian history , now known for back-to-back boutiques, cafes, and affordable vintage and street wear shops. Its many bars tend to attract college students.

Lower East Side: Some of New York’s hippest contemporary boutiques are here, as well as upscale street wear shops and great vintage. By night the densely packed streets – lined with historic tenement buildings from its slum day s – are filled with twenty something’s heading to the area’s bars, rock venues and small clubs.

Meatpacking District: Slick designer brands, hip denim labels and expensive furniture stores define this downtown shopping mecca. Now there’s also the High Line, an innovative park constructed on the elevated tracks of a former industrial train line. Despite its small

size, the area also has several of the city ‘s more swank hotels, and by night it’s where models and play boys come clubbing.

Midtown: This large area running from 34th Street to 59th, where Central Park begins, is famous for its Fifth Avenue designer flagships, department stores, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Garment District, where you’ll find fabric and trim shops. Find a convenient lineup of high street brands along 34th Street at Herald Square, near the Macy’s flagship and JC Penny.

Nolita and Noho: Quaint boutiques, local designers and European-style cafes line the pretty streets of Nolita, which is named for being north of Little Italy. North of Houston, Noho is a like-minded extension of the neighborhood.

SoHo: Downtown’s biggest concentration of mid-market and designer brands as well as cutting-edge furniture stores. Stylish active sports gear, lovely kidswear and sleek beauty stores are also a draw. Once shops close, the streets become empty.

Union Square and Flat iron: Down Fifth Avenue and Broadway between 1 4th and 23rd Streets is a collection of high street brands (Anthropologie, Zara, Puma). The wide, open blocks are not as trafficked as Midtown and are otherwise devoted to small and mid-sized office buildings. Union Square’s big draw is Whole Foods and its outdoor farmers market. Womenswear Accessories Vintage Restaurants Overview Arts & Culture Hotels


Tribeca: Large loft buildings, cobbled streets and proximity to Wall Street have made Tribeca one of Manhattan’s most expensive neighborhoods. Upscale furniture showrooms dominate the retail scene; many fine restaurants and medical spas are also here.


Upper East Side: Facing Central Park, this posh residential neighborhood includes Madison Avenue designer flagships, tasteful kidswear and European bedding stores, Museum Mile, Park Avenue and plenty of French restaurants.


West Village: The leafy and manicured residential streets of this historic neighborhood have inspired niche retail concepts from Marc Jacobs (who has several stores here), Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Coach. One highlight is the area’s many kidswear boutiques. Celebrities are known to take up residence here and financiers frequent the area’s Eurocentric bistros and bars. Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This youth-heavy hipster hangout has 24-hour appeal. There are stylish boutiques, trendy vintage and creative interiors stores, and local furniture designers, but particulary atmospheric are its many nighttime bars and restaurants.

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