New York is one of the most fascinating cities in the world! New York never bores and literally has it all: culture, amazing parks, fancy shopping streets and the coolest hotspots. But where to go for what exactly?
Manhattan used to be ‘the only place to be’ in New York, but that has changed (luckily). Though Manhattan still has this super cool vibe with all the skyscrapers and interesting area’s!
A cool vibe combined with designer boutiques and lovely restaurants. Well-known for the High Line, an old tramline which connects Meatpacking with the Chelsea area. It can be crowded though. If you don’t like the crowd, I would skip Chelsea market which has become touristy.
Must visit hotspot: The Standard Hotel + Le Bain rooftop
Bordering Soho. Nolita feels a bit atypical with it’s cosy small streets and lots of romantic restaurants. On Saturday there is food market with all flavours of the world. Restaurant reservations come in handy is this area.
Must visit hotspots: Rubirosa
Soho means shopping and more shopping or rather window shopping 😉 Big brands and fancy names in this neighbourhood. Soho is also home to design and furniture shops, located in impressive industrial buildings. You might want to avoid it on a Saturday though…
Must visit hotspots: miss Paradis
Peaceful during the day, well known for celebrity sightings in the evening. The most recent addition to the Hudson river Park’s West Side is Pier 26 (boathouse, green space, restaurant, outdoor concert place…)
Must visit hotspots: Locanda Verde, Pier 26
Upper East Side
Fancy, chic and sophisticated are the best words to describe Upper East Side. Bordering Central park from the right side, you’ll find luxury hotels with a thing for marble or brass and the best designer boutiques.
Must visit hotspots: Guggenheim Museum
Brooklyn, rich in history and tradition with it’s typical brownfield houses, was long time the place to go when your budget was rather limited but nowadays it’s a feast (not only for a foodie) to live in Brooklyn.
Both Williamsburg and Greenpoint have eclipsed Manhattan’s East Village as the place to be for young professionals, artists and writers looking for reasonably priced and spacious houses. Also a great neighbourhood to still your hunger, it’s a must for foodies. Bedford avenue is the most popular street, with many (coffee)bars, shops and restaurants around it!
Must visit hotspots: LIllia (Italian food), Llama Inn (Peruvian food), Wythe hotel
You might recognize the area as a popular insta place to shoot the perfect pic with the Brooklyn bridge in the background. But it is also an area with industrial warehouses, green parks and hidden corners.
Must visit hotspots: Jane’s Carousel, Westville Dumbo
Brooklyn heights promenade is definitely a must do when in Brooklyn. Every time you go to New York, this area has changed due to the development of this neighbourhood.
Must visit hotspots: 1 hotel Brooklyn bridge (and it’s rooftop!)
I’m biased as my family in law lives in this area. In the mid-19th century, Clinton Hill was a fashionable neighborhood, with many of the city’s millionaires living in mansions (which are now often split to accommodate multiple households). Charles Pratt, founder of the Pratt Institute of Art, built a few mansions for himself and his family. Clinton HIll still has a thriving arts community, largely due to the Pratt Institute. Fort Green is a pleasant park to hang out and chill with your friends or family.
Must visit hotspots: Pecks (coffee), Speedy Romeo (pizza), Pilar (Cuban)
Next time when I’m around, I’ll definitely take some time to discover Queens.