New York has a neighborhood for every taste and personality. Dive into the city’s five boroughs and find your new stomping grounds.
For the Architecture Buff: Grand Concourse
Grand Concourse is a four-mile stretch that runs right through the Bronx. Unlike many neighborhoods that seem to have haphazardly sprung up, Grand Concourse was built as part of the Beautiful City Movement in the late 1800s. The thoroughfare was actually inspired by the Champs-Elysees in Paris. If you love beautiful architecture, you will find yourself right at home among the art deco buildings of this neighborhood, which is also home to the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
For the Eclectic: Fordham
Fordham has something for people who love a little bit of everything. Spend your days in the area’s shopping district along Fordham Road, see animals all over the world at the sprawling Bronx Zoo, or get an adrenaline rush with the zoo’s zip lining adventure. Get your dose of gorgeous architecture and plant life at the New York Botanical Gardens, or indulge on a wide range of different cuisines. You’ll never be bored in this Bronx spot.
For the Explorer: Red Hook
Lacking subway stops, the largely industrial Red Hook is a bit of a New York City anomaly. The Brooklyn neighborhood feels slightly isolated, and it invites you to explore its nooks and crannies by foot or bike. While you wander, you will be treated to a spectacular view from Red Hook’s waterfront. The neighborhood also has a ton of small businesses to discover. Try the delicious delicacies of Baked NYC when you need a quick snack to refuel.
For the Foodie: Bushwick
You can find something delicious to eat in any New York neighborhood, but Bushwick makes a particularly good foodie haven because of how often new, trendy eateries and cafes open. Get a hand-roasted espresso at Variety Coffee Roasters, or sit down for a food inspired by Columbian, European, and American dishes at Maite. Diehard foodies will love picking a neighborhood favorite and exploring the influx of new flavors.
For the Artist: Chelsea
Chelsea is one the best New York neighborhoods to find art galleries. Browse glamorous galleries in this hot art scene spot. Artists will also find themselves right at home among a young, hip crowd. Between galleries, you can stop for drinks at stylish bars like the Rare View Rooftop.
For the Fashionista: SoHo
SoHo is the ultimate chic and trendy NYC neighborhood. Shop upscale brands like Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Coach, and oh so many more. Anyone who wants to keep their fashion game on point will fall in love with SoHo. The neighborhood’s cast iron fire escapes give it the quintessential (and Instagrammable) New York look.
For the Beach Bum: Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach lets you live the dream of city life and laid back beach town. Located on a peninsula, it boasts one of the city’s best beaches and its very own boardwalk. Make Surfside Bagels your go-to neighborhood bagel shop, and spend your summer days soaking up the sun and playing in the surf.
For the Partier: Long Island City
This waterfront Queens locale has a thriving nightlife. During the summer, you can catch MoMA PS1’s Warm Up party. This weekly, outdoor festival takes place in the every Saturday from July to the beginning of September. Long Island City also has plenty of great watering holes and dance clubs. Sip on delicious craft cocktails at Dutch Kills before heading to the Doha Night Club for Latin music. Long Island City is a great neighborhood for anyone who wants to stay up late in the city that never sleeps.
For the Outdoorsy: Oakwood
Oakwood, also known as Oakwood Beach, is a residential neighborhood with plenty of green space. The Staten Island neighborhood’s two parks, Amundsen Circle and Clawson Playground, are great for people who want to live in New York but want to skip the more crowded neighborhoods. The neighborhood also has direct access to a beach. What more could any in love with the outdoors want?
For the History Buff: Concord
Concord is named for the famed “shot heard round the world,” the first shot of the Revolutionary War that took place in Concord, Massachusetts. This quiet neighborhood has a more direct connection to history. Literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau had ties to Concord.