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Moving to NYC? There’s more to New York City than the typical stereotypes of its fast walking, hard-talking and yellow cab driving inhabitants. While NYC is notorious for its congested streets, quirky accents and thin-crust pizza, there’s a whole lot more to the city. Actually, there’s an entire city that’s booming 24/7 with a population of 8.3 million and it’s full of wonder and adventure.
Whether you’ve chosen a neighborhood or you’re planning to move soon, it’s essential to get acquainted with the five different boroughs of New York City. The five boroughs are Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
Each borough has its pros and cons and inside each borough, there is a whole myriad of NYC neighborhoods to pick and choose. Let’s take a look at NYC’s most popular neighborhoods so you can get an idea of where to grab the best morning coffee or a quick slice while you’re on the go.
Anyone who’s ever streamed an episode of Gossip Girl on Netflix knows that the Upper East Side (UES) is full of beautiful apartments and fancy socialites. Asides from the luxurious and glamorous atmosphere, you’ll have plenty to do in the UES, ranging from the best Cacio e Pepe at Felice 83 to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. If you’re looking for fancy craft cocktails, a glass of Pinot Noir, or even a good old-fashioned beer, check out Bar Pleiades on east 75th Street, where you’ll find light bites and plenty of extravagant drinks.
As one of the hippest and happening neighborhoods in NYC, Williamsburg is home to art, culture, good food and music. Renown as a place for hipsters, Williamsburg mixes up old industrial-style buildings with modest households; it’s a real mishmash of cultures. If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love Williamsburg because it’s the foodiest place in all of Brooklyn. Check out Bamonte’s for old school Italian vibes. It may cost you an arm and a leg but check out Peter Luger Steak House for a New York strip or a classic burger.
There are plenty of cool and quirky things to do in Astoria, from indie boutiques to quaint little restaurants. One of the greatest things about Astoria is that it’s full of speakeasy bars like The Last Word; here you’ll find a cozy atmosphere, live music, plenty of cocktails and an exposed brick wall. For French cuisine that doesn’t leave a big hole in your bank balance, check out Cafe Triskell at 33-04 36th Avenue.
Infamous for having cobbled streets, fairy lights around the shops during the holidays and the Friends building, Greenwich Village is home to a lot of adventure. For fine French cuisine with an intimate and cozy atmosphere, pop into Buvette for a quick bite and a glass of wine. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth (we know we do), head on over to Bleecker Street, Magnolia Bakery is home to some of the most amazing cupcakes in all of New York City. Need something to do in Greenwich Village? Founded by musicians in 2008, Le Poisson Rouge hosts some of the hippest upcoming artists in town.
As one of the coolest places to be in Manhattan, there are plenty of things to do here that won’t cost you a complete fortune. If you like to gaze at art without pretentiously stroking your chin, check out Jeffrey Deitch at 18 Wooster St for perfectly curated contemporary art shows. When you’re in NYC, you’ve gotta go to brunch (it’s totally a thing). Jack’s Wife Freda has everything from smashed avocado to waffles; not to mention their famous gin cocktail Freda’s Negroni.
Similarly to Williamsburg, Greenpoint is a bit of a hotspot for all things fresh and hipster. Whether you are moving to NYC, live here already or want to explore, you’ll find a whole host of indie shops, places to get your drink on and perfect dining joints. There’s also an evening flea market called Brooklyn Night Bazaar where you can grab yourself a one-of-a-kind purchase or something vintage. For casual eats, head over to Paulie Gee’s, here you’ll find plenty of pizza and don’t worry if you’re vegan, they serve plant-based pizzas too.
Home to plenty of lively jazz clubs, intimate restaurants and diverse culture; Harlem is a delight for all of your senses. Harlem is renowned for the infamous Apollo Theater that used to play everything from James Brown to Lauryn Hill. If it’s African American art that you’re after, head on over to the Studio Museum in Harlem, where you’ll find large collections of inspiring artwork.
Whether you’re hungry for a late-night slice or want to catch one of the fabulous collections at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC is home to some of the most influential culture in the entire world. Be sure to hang on when catching the subway because New York is one hell of a ride.