New York Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in New York

1 Manhattan

Manhattan is the most populous borough from 9 to 5 and the crazy land of big buildings, paper-thin models, bulls, bears and sky-high rent. Bars of every genre, awesome parks, countless restaurants and every business you could ever imagine make this walk-everywhere borough seem like a great, big adult Disneyland. You'll see just about everything when wandering these streets, from people sleeping on sidewalks to movie stars walking their dogs to strange art installations to people with no clothes—truly, this place is unlike any other.

2 Brooklyn

It's been said that you're not a true New Yorker (or have never really visited New York) until you've walked across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. How is it that a bridge has come to decide such matters? Well, 1) walking the bridge gives you one of the best city views you'll ever have, and 2) it takes you straight into Brooklyn—home of Brooklynites, Brooklynese (that oh-so-lovable accent), art, culture and just about everything else. Everyone seems to have their own reason for loving Brooklyn, and we happily encourage you to check it out and find yours. [Photo by ugod/flickr]

3 Queens

The early stomping grounds for Run D.M.C., The Ramones, Archie Bunker and Spiderman, Queens should have a special place in everyone's heart. The most diverse of all the boroughs, you can travel from Ireland to India to Italy on one subway line through Queens, and find some of the best ethnic food you'll ever have. It's also where you'll find LaGuardia and JFK Airports, the US Open and dozens of museums and art galleries.

4 The Bronx

The historic home of the Yankees, the birthplace of hip hop music and culture, and the poster-city of glamorized Italian mafia (see A Bronx Tale), the boogie down Bronx is a well-known borough with a tough reputation. What most people don't realize is that the Bronx has more parkland than any of the other boroughs, quaint seaside towns and possibly one of the coolest Little Italy's anywhere.

5 Staten Island

The least populated and least famous of the boroughs, poor Staten Island has earned the unfortunate nickname of "The Forgotten Borough." Unlike the other boroughs, Staten Island isn't connected to central-hub Manhattan by a subway, tunnel or bridge—instead, it's the ferry. But where else could you live and say that you get to work by a free boat ride that cruises past the Statue of Liberty? [Photo credit Roman Königshofer / flikr]

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