The first step in renting an apartment in New York is figuring out where to live. Manhattan, the most popular borough in New York City, is a great start. Manhattan is not only the home of Central Park and the majority of New York City's skyscrapers and landmarks, it is also a major national economic center.
As a result, an experienced real estate professional is needed to help you understand which Manhattan neighborhood fits your lifestyle. Here are a few popular neighborhoods and areas in Manhattan:
West Village MAP
Popular for its casual shopping area, West Village is located in the western portion of Greenwhich Village. The area includes artistic lofts, Hudson River views and intimate/residential features. Home to the Meatpacking District, jetsetters and models call West Village home.
Turtle Bay MAP
Attracting young singles, young professionals and young families due to its large range of living cost, Turtle Bay is one of the wealthiest yet affordable neighborhoods in Manhattan. Features include upscale restaurants and eateries, high rise buildings, and multi-million dollar penthouses.
Hell's Kitchen MAP
Known for its gritty Irish-mob dominated past, today, Hell’s kitchen has been restructured as a hot spot of redevelopment. New apartments are popping up along the Hudson River and multi-ethnic eateries draw New Yorkers from near and far to its streets for evening fun.
Midtown East MAP
Iconic would be an understatement when describing Midtown on the east side. Inhabitants can enjoy views of Grand Central Station, United Nations, East River, Chrysler Building and more art deco and iconic landmarks.
Midtown West MAP
Midtown on the west side has a seen a number of new luxury high rises. Known for its Broadway influences and Time Square, Midtown west apartments offer views of the river and door men. Dead center is an area called Clinton which includes popular new condos and co-ops.
A manufacturing and warehouse district, Tribeca has condos and co-op lofts converted from buildings. Attributes include large spaces, high ceilings, natural light and state-of-art kitchens.
Murray Hill MAP
If you are looking for a townhome, Murray hill is the paradise for you. Many of these 3 and 4 level renovated townhomes have elevators, gyms and sit next to high-rises giving it a tucked away intimate yet still big city feeling. Plus it keeps getting better, as many former businesses in the area are being converted to lofts along Madison and Fifth Avenue.
Tudor City MAP
Tudor City isn’t a neighborhood but a popular apartment complex located on the East Side of Manhattan. It is the first residential skyscraper in the world. Tudor City has a high priced view of the UN headquarters and the East River and is home to over 5,000 residents. Amenities include restaurants, hotel, grocery, gourmet deli, hair salon, dry cleaner, 3 garden parks and a playground.
Sutton Place MAP
Here you will find elegant co-ops and townhouses, prewar apartments and river views. Sutton place is small but packed with green with 2 parks 5 blocks from each other.
Kips Bay MAP
Home to the last unpaved street in Manhattan, Broadway Alley, Kips Bay is a neighborhood with new high rise structures including Kips Bay Towers. Features of the community include East River, popular hotels, and new condo and apartment developments.
Upper East Side MAP
The Upper East Side exists from Central Park to the East River, 59th Street to 96th Street and boasts some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. It certainly has something for everyone including luxury co-ops and condos, studios, one and two bedroom condos, rentals and more.ent, the team at Sandra Greer Real Estate created this guide to help you navigate the rental market.
Regardless of where you turn in Soho you will find lofts, cast iron details, large windows, brick buildings and an artist who calls it home. Known for its cast iron architecture, Soho is an ideal home for those who love large spaces, natural light and rubbing elbows with fashion designers.
East Village MAP
Resurging with modern new condos and revamped historic parks, East Village is the location for those who enjoy a mishmash of modern and renaissance. East villagers cannot only enjoy mom and pop retailers that stand next door to trendy luxury boutiques but also influence of nearby New York University.
A relaxed and diverse neighborhood, Yorkville has a rich history. Apartments are affordable and the area attracts college students. Additionally, its quaint atmosphere and European business dealings has attracted the upper class during the day.
Lenox Hill MAP
Largely located in the Upper East Side Historic District, Lenox Hill is a combination of old and new. The area has luxury apartment buildings, co-ops, condos and townhouses all with sophisticated architecture. The demand in the area is resulting in new developments, luxury boutiques, art galleries, hotels and restaurants which has all made this one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Washington Heights MAP
Here 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom apartments are a common sight along with prewar apartment building, art deco co-ops and row houses. This area has inspired Broadway musicals, home buyers and renters alike.
Upper West Side MAP
Pre-war influences have resulted in character that changes at every corner. The Upper West Side boast large spaces with room for domestic staff and river views as well as luxury condos in the city spotted with high end boutiques including Coach and Hugo Boss.
Harlem is in the middle of an historical redevelopment phase where today businesses like Disney, H&M and Old Navy have called it home. From townhouses with molding and fireplaces to uptown shopping, this area is the new face of a New York real estate comeback.