A mini-guide to New York’s most popular areas.

SoHo
The bohemian chic neighborhood is home to countless boutiques and trendy luxury designer shops. If you’re in the mood to shop til’ you drop, you’re in the right place. It’s a hotspot for the highly eclectic and fashionable, so prepare to be upstaged –- it comes with the territory.

Harlem
The historic neighborhood has had a major facelift in the past few years and is now home to a bounty of trendy restaurants, cafes and lounges. The area attracts a great mix of young professionals and locals, making it quite the social scene.

Meatpacking
This chic area attracts the young and fabulous, especially at night. The cobbled streets can be found bursting with men and women dressed to the nines on any given night, headed to a swanky hotel’s rooftop bar or an extravagant dinner. During the day, the shopping elite can seek refuge in an array of boutiques.

Astoria
This up-and-coming area of Queens has become a great alternative to Manhattan living — with it being only 15 minutes away from midtown. The area, primarily made up of Greeks, boasts a growing food scene and the oldest beer garden in New York City, the Bohemian Hall.

Brooklyn Heights
A more affluent area of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights offers beautiful views of the city and Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade. You can find endless cafes, shops and bars along the way or make your way to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to kick back and relax.

Fort Greene
Down the street from Brooklyn’s Music Academy, this trendy neighborhood is home to both young professionals and families. Throw a stone and it’ll likely land on a one of the many bustling restaurants that line the streets. On the weekends, the area comes alive for brunch and, when the weather permits, the outdoor flea market.

Bed Stuy/Clinton Hill
The tree-lined blocks and beautiful brownstones have attracted a number of people from Manhattan, making it one of the fastest growing areas in Brooklyn. A range of professionals, backgrounds and restaurants make up the neighborhood, offering many of its residents a balance they most likely couldn’t get in Manhattan.

 

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