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Battery Park City

Living in Battery Park City

Designed to be the perfect example of what a modern, progressive neighborhood should look like, Battery Park City has a third of its land dedicated to public parkland. This greenery is matched by a commitment to the environment that sees many of the condos and high rises using the very latest eco-friendly technology. Due to its somewhat remote location, Battery Park City is truly a neighborhood of its own. It caters to residents’ lifestyles, with a number of gyms, restaurants, parks, indoor tennis, racquetball and golf facilities. Brookfield Place is a beautiful indoor mall where you will find fashion, food and art. Saks Fifth Avenue opened here recently. Two of the restaurants found here are Del Frisco’s Grille and P.J. Clarke’s. An ice skating rink is also featured.

Battery Park City is a planned neighborhood covering 92 acres at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan. The housing stock is made up of modern luxury towers that are either condominiums or rentals. The Battery Park City Green Building Guidelines were among the first of their type, making the development one of the “greenest” in the United States.

Walking along the waterfront and North Cove Marina are great pastimes in Battery Park City, as well as dining at the many outdoor cafes when the weather permits. The apartments here offer stunning views of the waterfront, harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s finest public high schools, is located here. Manhattan’s skyline continues to evolve as more and more high-rises are constructed, giving property buyers fresh options every day.

Financial District

Living in the Financial District

When many think of the Financial District, they think of Wall Street and the iconic skyline filled with the headquarters of the world's most prestigious financial institutions. But being New York's oldest neighborhood these cobblestone streets are also filled with historic landmarks. The Financial District is known as FiDi and is New York’s business district. The Financial District is the section of Lower Manhattan roughly bounded by Chambers Street and the Brooklyn Bridge to the North and the West Side Highway to the west. The neighborhood is very busy during the day but quiet in the evenings and on weekends. Restaurants and stores, however, are increasingly opening late.

Luxury towers are predominant in the area, with amenities like gyms and roof top terraces. Many are former offices and banks, which means that most residences come with high ceilings. There is interest in living near the waterfront, so developers are building condos, such as 101 Wall Street. Financial District rentals are readily available and in comparison with many areas of Downtown Manhattan can be quite reasonably priced.

There is a growing number of concerts, film screenings and festivals – many of them for free – that are held at the South Street Seaport. The neighborhood’s restaurant scene is in transition, with additions like Nobu, the Spotted Pig and the Dead Rabbit bar on Water Street.



Living in Tribeca

Tribeca, an acronym for "Triangle Below Canal," is home to a host of celebrities and one of the country's leading film festivals. A stunning mix of old world cobblestones, ultra-modern apartment blocks, and world-famous restaurants, in recent years Tribeca has become one of the New York's most upscale addresses. The neighborhood’s name stands for Triangle Below Canal Street. It started gaining its reputation as a residential neighborhood in the 1970’s when artists arrived in search of less expensive accommodations and studio space. The area’s unique industrial-age architecture of lofts, warehouses and market spaces, along with the lifestyle of the residents, were major influences that led to the popularity of “loft living” in the 1980s.

Tribeca has since become a sought-after neighborhood for anyone seeking spacious living quarters in an urban setting. Developers have converted many of the original warehouse buildings into luxury condos, including 101 Warren, 200 Chambers, Perline Soap lofts and 145 Hudson, to name a few. The neighborhood’s historic, loft-lined streets are relatively quiet after business hours. There are fine dining establishments, neighborhood bistros, and cafes that keep the residents’ sophisticated palates happy. The Tribeca Film Festival brings film lovers and industry types from around the world. The addition of the 92nd Street Y outpost has given residents and their families a cultural hub. Shopping is plentiful as well, with small shops run by local and international designers, and enough drug stores and delis to serve residents in the best Manhattan fashion.


Flatiron Real Estate

This neighborhood was named after the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street. It is generally bounded by 20th street, Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south; and 7th Avenue and Chelsea to the West. Bookended by Madison Square Park and Union Square, the Flatiron District is one of New York’s most conveniently located neighborhoods. Fashion-forward shops and world-class restaurants surround Flatiron real estate. Luxury condos nestle inside skyscrapers, and new buildings like 240 Park Avenue South and One Madison Park offer residents the epitome of modern elegance. Here, white-glove amenities like a fitness center and doorman get an upgrade; massage rooms and saunas also come as standard in these upscale living quarters.

Flatiron has become one of the city’s more exciting areas for technology, commerce and nightlife. Union Square Park is the home of the best farmer’s market, which offers specialty, artisanal and other fresh local and regional foods year round. Whole Foods and Trader Joes are located here. The streets that line the Union Square Park are filled with restaurants that overflow with the after-work crowd. However, there is no shortage of spots to meet for a more intimate meal or coffee.


Living in Gramercy Park

Roughly bounded by East 18th Street to East 23rd Street and Park Avenue South and Third Avenue, Gramercy Park is home to the only private park in Manhattan. Only residents who reside along the park and pay an annual fee get a cherished key and access to the park.One of the most historic and coveted parts of Manhattan, Gramercy offers you some tranquil, tree-lined avenues and the sight of ivy-covered brownstones that could have come straight out of an Edith Wharton novel.

At times, it's easy to forget that Union Square is only a short walk away and that two of the city's colleges CUNY and Baruch are within the neighborhood. That's part of the beauty of Gramercy; it's both the ideal spot to get away from the crowds, but still have access to the heart of the city.
Gramercy has a relaxed village charm that is quieter and more private than its neighbors’. It also has a longtime affinity to history and the arts. The National Arts Club and the Players Club, both based here, are private clubs originally founded to support, promote and educate people on the arts.

Gramercy is home to great restaurants. One of the most famous is Pete’s Tavern, New York’s oldest continuously operating bar that opened originally in 1864 and serves great Italian cuisine to this day. Another well-known establishment is Gramercy Tavern, owned by famous restaurateur Danny Meyer, which has been serving great American cuisine for over two decades now.

Chelsea / Hudson Yards

Living in Chelsea

Chelsea has become one of the world’s centers for modern contemporary art with over 370 art galleries.

The sprawling recreational space, Chelsea Piers, introduced many New Yorkers to the area.

Historically, Chelsea has served up grit and glamour in equal measures. In this dynamic neighborhood, new luxury high-rises, a booming nightlife and sophisticated art galleries give way to modest townhouses and quiet residential streets. Chelsea’s former warehouses are now sleek galleries and its abandoned railway has made way for the High Line park, one of Manhattan’s newest and most visited attractions. Residents include a blend of old-timers, young artists and an international crowd. Michelin-starred restaurants sit next door to trendy taco stands, and traditional walk-ups are neighbors with glitzy high-rises. It’s all part of Chelsea's dynamic evolution.

Located between Midtown and the West Village, Chelsea boasts a highly diverse population and a wide variety of architectural styles. The area above 23rd street by the Hudson River is post-industrial, featuring the recently opened High Line Park. To the south between 9th and 10th Avenues stand mid-19th century townhouses, a number of which have been restored as single-family homes. One very interesting relic is the Church of the Holy Communion that was once the famous Limelight disco.The Chelsea Market has an impressive collection of gourmet foods and restaurants. The Zones, extending the area south of 14th Street known as the Meat Packing District, is one of the city’s busiest nightlife centers

Greenwich Village and The West Village

Greenwich Village

Living in Greenwich Village

Becoming a resident of Greenwich Village is like becoming a part of history. From Henry James to the contemporary TV and film stars who live there now, this is a neighborhood whose bohemianism has attracted artists for a hundred years or more.

West Village

Living in West Village

When you live in the West Village, you're living 'off the grid.' The neighborhood's twisty streets don't conform to the grid system of the rest of the city and have a charming, relaxed feel that's almost European. All around you are stunning, beautifully preserved brownstones with histories often as long as the city itself, along with the some of the very best restaurants in the Big Apple, if not the world.

These neighborhoods stretch from 14th Street between the Hudson River and Broadway, with 6th Avenue demarcating the two. Greenwich Village was once the city’s counter-culture capital and was home to famous artists and intellectuals. Today it’s one of the city’s most desirable and highly sought after neighborhoods. It’s the residential choice of many celebrities, well know fashion designers and Wall Streeters, as well as families and singles from all walks of life.

New York University has a significant footprint in the neighborhood. The heart of Greenwich Village is Washington Square Park with its impressive arch. Greenwich Village is known for its classically beautiful brick townhouses and apartments found on quiet tree-lined streets. There are also a few high rise buildings.

Soho / Nolita


Once the home of some of the nation's most famous artists, Soho today retains something of the artistic in the host of designer boutiques and restaurants that prosper on its streets.


SoHo’s boundaries are Houston Street to the north and Canal Street to the South. Although the east and west borders are disputed, I’m stating that the Eastern border is Lafayette Street and the western border is the Hudson River.

The name SoHo refers to the area being South of Houston Street. Almost all of SoHo is included in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, which was designated by the New York City Landmarks to protect the historic cast-iron designed buildings in the neighborhood.

SoHo was once populated by artists who were attracted to the large loft spaces here. The resulting surge in the neighborhood’s popularity took the city by surprise, and soon, the luxury boutiques and galleries that catered to the art crowd were followed by many international designers like Chanel and Prada, as well as establishments like a Barney’s Co-op and an Apple store.

Certain areas of the neighborhood give off a relaxed chic downtown vibe with their cobblestone streets, traditional restaurants and European style coffee shops that have been delighting locals

for years. The neighborhood’s art culture remains strong with the presence of cutting edge galleries like the Dietch Projects, as well as the annual Art Parade that brings out the art crowd.

NoHo (North of Houston Street)

This neighborhood is bounded by Broadway to the West, the Bowery to the East, East 9th Street to the north and East Houston Street to the south. NoHo is primarily made up of loft apartments that make the neighborhood highly desirable. It consists of 20 square blocks, and is home to an unusually large number of “indie” antique and interior design boutiques, including design favorites like Vitsoe, The Future Perfect, Lobel Modern and Buco Vita. Upscale restaurants like Acme and Vics are found here, as well as leisure facilities like Soul Cycle. NoHo has transformed from being an artsy up-and-comer to a chic quarter. The kick-start of NoHo’s transformation can be credited to nightlife, hotel and real estate developer, Ian Schrager.


Living in Chinatown

When you live in Chinatown, you live in one of the most culturally distinct parts of the city. Many residents can trace their ancestors back for several generations, and a walk down the winding streets of the neighborhood will uncover local bakeries and Chinese groceries that have served the area for decades.

East Village

Living in East Village

When you set foot in the East Village, you follow in the footsteps of many famous Bohemians and artists of the 20th century. Though the passage of time has seen the character of the neighborhood change a little, it still retains the style of a creative enclave.

Located North Of Houston and South of 14th Street, the East Village has more of a “bohemian” downtown street style than the West Village. St. Mark’s Place or Eighth Street, found between Second Avenue and Avenue A, typically features older generation tenement-style apartments. For decades, the neighborhood was home to punk, rock, and jazz musicians, as well as denizens of artists and iconic clubs like CBGB and Electric Circus.

The easternmost section, called Alphabet City (the Avenues A-D), still carries some of the old East Village flavor, as long time residents, old and new bohemians, NYU students and young professionals dine and drink side by side in the area’s many bars and restaurants.

Home prices tend to be a little lower toward the river, though new developments have been steadily growing for some time. Tiny storefronts offering great treats compete with fine restaurants on the neighborhood’s narrow tree-lined streets, which are also lined with chic boutiques.

Tompkins Square Park is a lovely park that also has a dog run, making it a favorite haunt among the neighborhood’s dog owners and their pets. The area is served by the F train and the 4, 5 and 6. In some cases, subway stops are about a ten minute walk. City buses also run regularly on the Avenues.

Lower East Side

Downtown East, from Canal Street to Houston Street, from the East River to the Bowery.

The Lower East Side is an expanse in Manhattan that ranges from the historic — renters can still find a great selection of walkups, mostly without doormen — to the modern. Blue, a bold condo from French abstract architect Bernard Tschumi, offers Lower East Siders a roof terrace and a cold storage locker for Fresh Direct deliveries in addition to 24-hour doorman service. At 17 Orchard on the Lower East Side, floor-through condos with oversized windows have stacked washer/dryers and custom cabinets.

M I D T O W N   M A N H A T T A N

This business district welcomes the number of tourists in Manhattan, thanks to its eclectic shopping, dining, and nightlife options, as well as famous attractions like the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Grand Central Terminal.

Midtown features some of the most prestigious residential towers in New York City. These include Billionaire’s Row – a set of ultra-luxury skyscrapers constructed or in new developments roughly along the southern end of Central Park. A number of these buildings, such as 432 Park and One57, are in the super tall category and are among the tallest buildings in the world.

Midtown also offers properties that cater mostly to global pied-a-terre owners and young professionals, particularly in Clinton in Midtown West, and Sutton Place and Turtle Bay in Midtown East.

Neighborhoods in Midtown Manhattan include

Sutton Place and Beekman Place 
Two of Midtown’s most sought after residential addresses feature elegant buildings along the East River, east to west of First Avenue. Many buildings have great views of the East River and the Queensboro Bridge, as well as easy access to the FDR Drive, a tiny oasis in this bustling area.

Sutton Area

Living in Sutton Area

The neighborhood of Sutton in Midtown Manhattan might be small by area standards, but the tranquil New York City enclave has enticing real estate options, under-the-radar restaurants and a charming park with views of the Queensboro Bridge. Bracketed by the East River and bustling 1st Avenue, Sutton Area, often referred to as Sutton Place, offers residents a prime location to enjoy all of Manhattan while benefiting from a residential ambience close to home.

Sutton Place has two public parks. One of these, Sutton Place Park South, is home to One Sutton Place South, a neo-Georgian style mansion that’s considered one of the city’s grandest addresses. Two townhouse rows between 57th & 58th streets share a large communal garden overlooking the East River.


Living in Beekman

This neighborhood where Irving Berlin once resided, is composed of beautiful townhouses and grand co-ops situated upon just a few square blocks. Because of its size, the number of Beekman Place apartments for sale at any one time, whether co-op or condo, is limited — but the Beekman area is worth the wait! The neighborhood centers on Beekman Place, which is two blocks long, lined with grand buildings such as One Beekman Place, a co-op with a garage and an Olympic pool. In fiction, that East Side co-op was home to the madcap Auntie Mame; in fact, it contains what many believe to be New York City’s grandest and best apartments.

Beekman Place runs from 49th to 51st Streets, and consists of two blocks of ivy-covered townhouses and co-op buildings. The neighborhood was named after the Beekman family, who built their mansion, Mount Pleasant, here in 1764. The grand apartment house One Beekman Place was built in 1929. It opens directly to the river, and the south facade overlooks the United Nations and its garden.

These two areas boast many retail stores including the vast Bridgemarket Food Emporium right below the Queensboro Bridge. Sutton East Tennis Club, an enclosed winter tennis facility, is also found here.

Midtown East

Living in Midtown East

Home to world famous monuments and luxury brands; Midtown East also makes plenty of room for its residents. Some of the city's most desirable real estate is in Midtown East. Tower blocks are full of luxury condos with oversized windows that offer you spectacular views of the rest of the city. The light-flooded spaces also come with luxury amenities like parking, health clubs, roof decks and concierge services.

Those looking for more traditional Midtown East Apartments or Midtown East rentals will find plenty of pre-war co-ops further east with features such as marble foyers and sizable bathtubs.

Home to iconic skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and United Nations Headquarters, this timeless, architecturally important neighborhood is at the heart of it all, while its serene, tree-lined cross streets house some of Manhattan’s most prestigious and sought-after residential buildings.

Midtown West

Living in Midtown West

Bordered by Hell's Kitchen, Central Park South, and Midtown East, this neighborhood puts you in the heart of Manhattan right next to some of its most beloved establishments and landmarks. You're within walking distance of Central Park and have Times Square and the theater district on your doorstep, not to mention Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

Midtown West is a neighborhood full of stylish high-rises with spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River. Many have luxury amenities like concierge and valet services as well as fitness centers.

Those looking for Midtown West Apartments or Midtown West rentals will find luxury condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and granite kitchens, while further south near Koreatown there are a few historic walk-ups.


Living in Clinton/Hell's Kitchen

Stretching from 34th street to 50th and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, you'll find Clinton. Still known to residents by its original name, Hell's Kitchen, it's a neighborhood on the rise with an influx of young urban professionals attracted by its restaurants, bars, and central location.

This neighborhood is located in Midtown West and runs from 34th to 57th Streets, from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson. What was once a rundown neighborhood is now a truly vibrant area. It’s home to a mix of young professionals, long-time residents, actors, and artists, who treasure the proximity to the Theatre district. Ninth Avenue is lined with low key bars and restaurants. Galleries have opened in the area, leading some residents to boast that the neighborhood may become the next SoHo without the attitude.

Murray Hill

Living in Murray Hill

Bordered by the iconic Grand Central to the north and Empire State Building to the west, Murray Hill is a neighborhood that can offer both the beauty of a quiet residential area within walking distance of work and a vibrant midtown community with great bars and restaurants.

Located between Fifth and the FDR from 34th Street to 40th Street, Murray Hill is considered by some to be the most ideal residential area nearest to the Midtown business district. The neighborhood combines elegant townhouses on the side streets, attractive apartment buildings, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and great transportation. Lord and Taylor is here, as well as Grand Central Station, The Met Life building, and the New York Public Library. The Morgan library features a Beaux Arts annex, which is one of the most romantic mansions in the city.

Upper West Side

Living in the Upper West Side

The tree-lined side streets of the Upper West Side have a laid back residential feel that can make you feel you've left the city. Some of the blocks in this neighborhood are considered some of the most beautiful in New York and with good reason. The Upper West Side runs from Central Park to the Hudson River and from 59th street to 110th street. The area includes the neighborhood of Lincoln Square where you will find super tall residential towers such as Time Warner and Trump’s One Central Park West. Lincoln Square is also home to the famous 15 Central Park West, the residence of quite a few celebrities, as well as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, home to twelve institutions including the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet.

In fact, the neighborhood caters to every taste whether you're looking for an Upper West Side Apartment for sale or an Upper West Side apartment to rent. In the 70's and 80's you'll find a host of classic pre-war brownstones but go further south, and you'll discover more new apartment blocks with luxury condos. Elsewhere are traditional townhouses and apartment blocks with stunning views of the Hudson River. In addition, some of the city's most sought-after co-ops line the west side of Central Park, including the San Remo and famed Dakota.

Hamilton Heights

Living in Hamilton Heights

Bordered by the Hudson River to the west and dotted with parks and community gardens, Hamilton Heights is a charming place to call home. This diverse neighborhood has some of Manhattan's most picturesque streets and a plentiful supply of historic properties. In recent years many new bars and cafes have opened to serve the influx of students, young families and urban professionals attracted to the area. Commuting to the rest of the city is easily done as the A, B, C, D and 1 trains stop in the neighborhood.

Morningside Heights

Living in Morningside Heights

Framed on the east and west by two sprawling parks, the neighborhood of Morningside Heights offers residents a serene setting along the Hudson River. Its thriving academic scene? highlighted by the world-renowned Columbia University brings a youthful energy to the neighborhood, while iconic landmarks like St. John the Divine place Morningside Heights on the global map.


Living in Harlem

Harlem is still a place with a real community spirit embodied in the museums and music venues, which celebrate its African American heritage. Yet modern-day Harlem is becoming an increasingly diverse place with many people attracted by its historic properties and the opening of new bars and restaurants in the area.

Washington Heights

Living in Washington Heights

Bordered by the Hudson and East Rivers and stretching towards the northern tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights is a thriving urban neighborhood full of green spaces, vibrant nightlife, and a bustling commercial center. The area, only 20 minutes from Penn Station by train, affords residents easy access to all of New York City. It's a charming blend of the old and new, with Manhattan's most historic home sitting alongside brand new real estate developments, providing a unique backdrop for locals and visitors alike.


Living in Inwood

Moments of serenity are in abundant supply in Inwood. Inwood Hill Park covers 196 acres with natural old-growth woodland and Manhattan’s last salt marsh. It provides an unparalleled chance to see what the Manhattan Isle was like centuries ago. Luxury condos have only recently started to sprout up in Inwood, to meet the increased housing demand as the area grows in profile among downtowners. There’s a harmonious blend of property styles represented in Inwood real estate. These include contemporary co-ops and detached single family homes. Art Deco apartment buildings sit to the west of Broadway, along with stately townhouses. And to Broadway’s east there’s a good stock of rental housing.

Most Inwood apartments are pre-war and offer well-preserved period details including working fireplaces, interior gardens, and cornicing. Inwood is low-density, with numerous parks occupying its one and a half square miles of space. Zoning restrictions limited buildings to seven stories for decades, and as a result, older buildings are only five or six stories in height, with just a few new condo developments bucking this trend.


Living in the Upper East Side

This elegant neighborhood has long been synonymous with affluence and refinement. The parts of Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue that run through the Upper East Side feature some of the highest priced properties in Manhattan. Most of the residential buildings here have a distinct historic charm, having been built between the late 1800s and the 1930s.

The Upper East Side extends from 60th Street to 96th Street and from Central Park to the East River. The park provides the neighborhood with stunning views and countless recreational opportunities. Madison Avenue features upscale shopping and dining, while Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue is home to some of New York’s most prized art and culture destinations.

Old world elegance and new world modernity are in perfect harmony in this storied neighborhood. Famed for its 'museum mile,' which includes some of the city's most cultured institutions, the Upper East Side is also home to stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants and some of the city's most celebrated upscale boutiques.

It would seem every upper-class family in American history has had a home in the Upper East Side; the Whitneys, the Rockefellers, and the Kennedys to name a few. However, having the income of a Kennedy is not a prerequisite for living in the neighborhood as there are Upper East Side Apartments for sale and Upper East Side Apartments to rent that hit every price point.

With Georgian, Neo-Classical and Art Deco style buildings mixing with contemporary high rises, walk-ups and luxury condos like those found in Manhattan House, the Upper East side offers a beautiful blend of housing options.

Carnegie Hill

Living in Carnegie Hill

With Central Park on its doorstep, Carnegie Hill is a quiet, residential oasis full of historic properties and the conveniences of modern city living. Gilded Age mansions sit next to chic boutiques and Italian restaurants, while a wealth of world-famous cultural institutions, elite schools, and landmark architecture combine to make this a part of the city that few residents would ever consider leaving.

Carnegie Hill is an Upper East Side neighborhood between 86th Street and 96th Street going south to north, and between Fifth and Lexington Avenues going west to east. It is the residential choice of many families because it is home to many large apartment buildings and many of the top private schools in the city.

The area gets its name from the great mansion and fenced garden built by steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, on Fifth Avenue between 90th and 91st Streets. The property has since been converted into the National Design Museum.

Carnegie Hill features a mix of excellently restored prewar apartment buildings, some modern towers, and classic townhouses. The district is in a historically landmarked area so new developments need to proceed with care. There are many fine boutiques on Madison Avenue and familiar chain stores on Lexington, The neighborhood also features a collection of charming restaurants, including Morini, an upscale Italian restaurant.

Carnegie Hill is known for the “Museum Mile”, which includes its crown jewel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The neighborhood also enjoys a coveted proximity to Central Park.

East Harlem

Living in East Harlem

Culturally rich and diverse, East Harlem has been home to many American immigrants. El Barrio as it is known to the locals has a long Latino history and before that was home to many southern Italians.

Central Park South

Living in Central Park South

Spanning just three blocks between Eighth and Fifth Avenue, Central Park South maybe small but it packs a big punch. Some of New York's most iconic stores, hotels and bars are in the neighborhood, along with Central Park, which offers residents a year-long retreat from the fast-paced streets of the city.