Neighborhoods

 

 

The East Side Manhattan office is just moments away from Central Park in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. The East Side is known for its world-renowned shopping, fine dining, museums and galleries, and convenient proximity to the midtown business and theatre districts. It is also known for its prime Manhattan real estate, which includes some of the city’s most elegant historic and prewar homes. Our brokerage staff offers unsurpassed service to our clients. Our agents are thoroughly familiar with the neighborhoods in this area, and with all aspects of sales, including the demands of the luxury co-op market.

 

 

Upper East Side

 

 

Extending from Fifth Avenue and the border of Central Park to the East River, and from 56th Street to the Carnegie Hill area at 96th Street, Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side is an area that features some of the city’s most significant cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Museum Mile, the Whitney Museum of American Art and many others. Visitors staying at the Pierre, the Carlyle and other luxury hotels have easy access to fine restaurants, art galleries, gourmet food shops and excellent shopping destinations on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, and can explore landmarks from the famed Plaza Hotel to the city’s beautiful urban oasis of Central Park. Upper East Side real estate includes some of the most luxurious properties in the world, boasting some of New York City’s most stunning architecture and most elegant historic and prewar homes, with landmarked brownstones lining the prime residential streets between the avenues.

 

Upper West Side

 

 

Centrally located near Columbia University and Lincoln Center, the Upper West Side is a paragon of significant beauty and rich history. The area extends from Central Park West to the Hudson River, and from 59th Street to 110th Street, with breathtaking views overlooking the park and across the Hudson. Residential streets are lined with landmarked brownstones and luxurious properties, distinct for their grand prewar architecture. The neighborhood’s fine restaurants and elegant boutiques have been the backdrop in featured films for decades. A mélange of students, artists and professionals make their home on the Upper West Side. Convenient subway service provides a short commute to all areas of Manhattan.

 

Park Avenue

 

 

Among Manhattan’s most famous addresses, Park Avenue is rich in history and significance, and provides the setting for some of the city’s most impressive real estate. In the coveted reaches of the Upper East Side, this storied avenue was lined with the stately mansions of many wealthy and illustrious figures during New York’s Gilded Age. Merely steps away from Central Park’s lush urban oasis, Park Avenue properties are located on beautiful tree-lined boulevards of landmark historic mansions and elegant apartments, some created by the master designers Rosario Candela and James Carpenter, and many enjoying enchanting prospects of the park.

 

 

 

Fifth Avenue

 

 

Among Manhattan’s most famous addresses, Fifth Avenue is rich in history and significance, and provides the setting for exceptional New York City real estate. In the coveted reaches of the Upper East Side, this storied avenues was lined with the stately mansions of many wealthy and illustrious figures during New York’s Gilded Age, and Fifth Avenue is the backdrop of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence. Merely steps away from Central Park’s lush urban oasis, Fifth is located on beautiful tree-lined boulevards of landmark historic mansions and elegant apartments, some created by the master designers Rosario Candela and James Carpenter, and many enjoying enchanting prospects of the park. Many of the city’s finest shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and private schools are situated in the immediate area. Fifth Avenue is also one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations, regarded as a counterpart to the Champs-Elyses in Paris and London’s Oxford Street, and is also fronted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection (housed in the former mansion of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick), the New York Public Library, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building.

 

Midtown East

 

 

In the heart of Manhattan, Midtown East is home to a myriad of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions including magnificently restored Grand Central Terminal, now also hosting exquisite restaurants, casual eateries and shops, the gleaming Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the United Nations complex, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the New York Public Library, adjacent to lovely Bryant Park. Other attractions in or around this dynamic area include Fifth Avenue’s shops, the art galleries of 57th Street, many fine restaurants, world-famous Broadway theater productions, revitalized Times Square, Carnegie Hall concerts and the popular entertainment of famed Radio City Music Hall, newly restored to its original glory. Desirable Midtown East real estate ranges from the old world charm of Beekman Place and Sutton Place, to the lavish amenities of the residences at The Waldorf Towers, to state-of-the-art luxury high-rise buildings including the Trump Tower. All offer the convenience of walk-to-work locations.

 

 

Midtown West

 

 

Stretching west of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, Midtown West has been transformed through extensive redevelopment over the past decade. Along with its major business district, Midtown West offers an abundance of world-renowned entertainment attractions including Broadway’s Theater District, Times Square, Carnegie Hall and Rockefeller Center, with the magnificently restored showplace of Radio City Music Hall. Penn Station is also situated in Midtown West, below Madison Square Garden and near Herald Square, where the flagship Macy’s store is distinguished as the world’s largest department store and a registered New York City landmark. The revitalization of this area has given rise to numerous luxury residential towers including CitySpire and Metropolitan Tower, in addition to the soaring towers of Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, a stunning architectural landmark designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, housing luxury condominiums in addition to Manhattan’s largest food market, lavish restaurants and shops and a concert hall. An ideal location gives all Midtown West real estate the added appeal of placing a multitude of shops, restaurants, entertainment attractions and office buildings within easy walking distance.

Sutton Place

 

 

Enjoying sweeping scenery overlooking the East River, Sutton Place is an elegant enclave combining a convenient Midtown location with an atmosphere of graciousness and serenity. Sutton Place rose to prominence in the early 1920s, after the second Mrs. William Vanderbilt and J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne commissioned homes here on the East River, forsaking the opulence of Fifth Avenue. While this world-renowned address is formally defined as the two blocks between 57th and 59th Streets, east of First Avenue, its boundaries are generally considered to extend several blocks farther. Beautiful gardens, exquisite pocket parks and breezy river-view terraces and promenades grace this sought-after neighborhood. Sutton Place real estate and pieds-a-terre include elegant condominiums and cooperatives along with rows of historic townhouses with communal gardens. Sutton Place offers an ideal location within walking distance of Midtown office buildings, the Museum of Modern Art, First Avenue’s antique shops and services and several of New York’s most prominent flagship stores. Many of the area’s restaurants are distinguished both for their fine cuisine and superb design.

 

 

Lincoln Center

 

 

Centrally located between Midtown West and the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center is home to the internationally acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s largest performing arts center. Situated in a 16.3-acre complex between 61st and 66th Streets along Broadway, this cultural mecca is home to numerous prestigious organizations including the Lincoln Center Theater, the Julliard School, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

The area is currently undergoing a major enhancement, which will be accomplished over the course of the coming decade. Lincoln Center real estate is home to local artists as well as Midtown and Downtown business professionals. A wide variety of fine restaurants and shopping are located in the immediate area.

 

 

Clinton

 

 

NYC real estate in Clinton offers an ideal Midtown location. Clinton encompasses the area between 34th and 59th Streets between Eighth Avenue and the Hudson River, just west of Times Square and adjacent to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a dramatic glass structure designed by I.M. Pei. Taking its name from New York politician DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), most famous as a planner of the Erie Canal, the neighborhood has been undergoing a transformation in recent decades, with much having changed since the years when the area served as the backdrop for West Side Story. Locals often refer to the neighborhood as Hell’s Kitchen. Clinton real estate includes numerous luxury condominiums and apartment buildings such as the Biltmore, the Foundry and the Westport. Clinton is home to many actors due to its close proximity to Broadway theaters and the Actors Studio. With its restaurant row on West 46th Street, this lively neighborhood is known for its wonderful ethnic cuisine and as the host to the International Food Festival. Several of the city’s foremost architectural firms including Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates have recently established their offices in Clinton. Two parks lie within its boundaries, and the area around the Passenger Ship Piers along the Hudson River is a hub of maritime activities.

 

 

Murray Hill

 

 

Murray Hill is a lovely enclave in Midtown East, located between Fifth Avenue and the F.D.R. Drive, extending from 34th Street to 40th Street. In a prime location just south of Grand Central Terminal and north of the Empire State Building, Murray Hill real estate offers a peaceful atmosphere with tree-lined streets of attractive apartments and historic townhouses including Sniffen Court, a charming mews of brick carriage houses of 1850s vintage. The Pierpont Morgan Library is a jewel of Murray Hill.

Recently, many new developments have been established in the eastern section of Murray Hill along Second and First Avenue, drawing a pool of new buyers.  

 

 

 

 

Gramercy Park

 

 

An historic gem, Manhattan real estate in Gramercy Park offers the atmosphere of a small village, with New York City’s only private park as its exquisite centerpiece, yet lies in the heart of the city, extending from 17th to 22nd Streets between Park Avenue and the East River. Envisioned as a London-style neighborhood, this prestigious locale is known for its beautiful brownstone-lined streets of Gramercy Park real estate, trimmed with elaborate ironwork fencing. Landmarks of the neighborhood include the newly refurbished Gramercy Park Hotel, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, the Victorian Gothic-style National Arts Club, the Players Club and Pete’s Tavern, the city’s oldest bar, where O. Henry is said to have written The Gift of the Magi.

 

 

Kip's Bay

 

 

Nestled between Murray Hill and Gramercy Park on Manhattan’s East Side, Kips Bay is a quiet, understated neighborhood encompassing the area from 24th to 34th Streets between Third Avenue and the East River. Kip’s Bay/East 30’s properties include attractive apartment buildings and condominium complexes including Kips Bay Towers, designed by I.M. Pei in 1961, enclosing a beautiful three-acre garden. The area offers a diverse selection of ethnic restaurants and cafes, and lies within close proximity of the Theater District, East Side museums, Midtown’s business district and Downtown entertainment. Kips Bay is also home to several major medical centers and many of the doctors and staff affiliated with these facilities.

 

 

 

Flatiron

 

 

New York City real estate in the Flatiron District extends from 14th Street to 23rd Street between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue. The district’s namesake is the famous triangular-shaped, 20-story Flatiron Building designed by architect Daniel Burnham, which is distinguished as the world’s first steel-frame skyscraper and was the city’s tallest building at the time of its construction in 1902. It sits just across from Madison Square Park, at the beginning of Madison Avenue. Flatiron District real estate offers a variety of beautiful architecture including vast, airy lofts. The area is home to trendy shopping and stylish restaurants.

 

 

 

Union Square

 

 

Union Square brings together vibrant business and cultural, medical and educational centers with Union Square real estate. Union Square sits at the crossroads of six subway lines, placing myriad city destinations within easy reach. Historic Union Park is a unique open space that hosts the year-round Greenmarket Farmers Market. Union Square offers a wide selection of varied shops and trend-setting restaurants. Numerous architects, graphic designers, photographers and advertising firms are based in Union Square, which is also home to New York University and Parsons School of Design. Its distinguished hospitals include Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Eye and Ear.

 

 

 

Chelsea

 

 

Situated on Manhattan’s West Side between 14th and 30th Streets, along the Hudson River, Chelsea has become one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. With amazing Manhattan Condos, Chelsea is also a focus of the New York art world as well as the home of the Dia Center for the Arts, the Chelsea Art Museum and nearly 200 art galleries. Stylish shops, fine restaurants, off-Broadway theater and numerous nightclubs add to its appeal. Elegant 19th-century landmark townhouses of Greek Revival and Italianate design stand in Chelsea’s Historic District. Other Chelsea real estate available includes prewar apartments, new construction luxury apartments and loft buildings converted to residential usage. Among the neighborhood’s landmarks are The High Line, Hudson River Park, several beautiful churches, the famous Chelsea Hotel, catering to artists, writers, and musicians, and Chelsea Piers, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex.

 

 

West Village

 

 

A haven for artists, writers, intellectuals and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century, this charming and colorful neighborhood is reminiscent of a European city with its narrow, winding tree-lined streets, timeless courtyards and magnificent 19th-century townhouses such as those of Patchin Place and St. Luke’s Place as well as the quaint converted stables of Washington Mews. Beautiful new Greenwich Village and West Village real estate offers splendid views overlooking the city and the river. Bleeker Street, the main thoroughfare of Greenwich Village, brims with a vibrant selection of shops and restaurants, while long-time establishments in the coffeehouse district are reminders of the Beat Generation era. Storied nightspots including the Duplex cabaret, the Village Vanguard, the Bitter End and Chumley’s, a still sign-less 1920s speakeasy, add to the neighborhood’s allure. New York University is also at the heart of Greenwich Village, with its library, law school and administrative buildings surrounding Washington Square.

 

 

Meatpacking District

 

 

The Meatpacking District, also known as the Gansevoort Market District, is the rising star of cutting-edge New York style yet also celebrates its commercial past as the city’s newest landmark Historic District, designated in 2003. For many decades, the area served as a center of New York City’s meatpacking industry, but in recent years it has been completely transformed as a style-setting neighborhood replete with prestigious clothing boutiques and design stores, clubs and highly acclaimed restaurants known for their global cuisine. West 14th Street serves as the main shopping area, while the block-wide Chelsea Market, originally the factory headquarters of the Nabisco bakery, houses New York’s largest collection of gourmet food purveyors. 

Meatpacking District real estate offers access to neighborhood galleries featuring the works of both famed luminaries and lesser-known figures of the art world. Extending from West 15th Street south to Gansevoort Street between Hudson Street and the Hudson River, the Meatpacking District is one of the communities along the old tracks of the High Line elevated railroad, built in the early 1930s to allow trains to run from the riverfront docks directly into the factories and warehouses. This 22-block open space has recently been converted to a grand, above-ground public promenade, creating a tranquil green oasis in the manner of the Promenade Plante in Paris.

 

 

 

Greenwich Village

 

 

Legendary in its rich history and cultural significance, Greenwich Village real estate offers a sought-after address in what is perhaps the city’s most famous neighborhood. This lively locale stretches north from Houston Street to 14th Street, and is bordered to the east and west by Broadway and the Hudson River. The the centerpiece of the neighborhood is the famed Washington Square Park, where the landmark, Stanford White-designed Washington Arch commemorates the centennial of George Washington’s presidential inauguration. 

A haven for artists, writers, intellectuals and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century, this charming and colorful neighborhood is reminiscent of a European city with its narrow, winding tree-lined streets, timeless courtyards, magnificent 19th-century townhouses and quaint converted stables of Washington Mews. Beautiful, new  Greenwich Village real estate offers splendid views overlooking the city and the river. Bleecker Street, the main thoroughfare for Greenwich Village homes, brims with a vibrant selection of shops and restaurants, while long-time establishments in the coffeehouse district are reminders of the Beat Generation era. Storied nightspots including the Duplex cabaret, the Village Vanguard, and the Bitter End add to the neighborhood’s allure. New York University is also at the heart of Greenwich Village, with its library, law school and administrative buildings surrounding Washington Square.

 

 

SoHo

 

 

One of New York’s most desirable and stylishly eclectic neighborhoods, SoHo has a long history, which holds the story of a remarkable renaissance. An artistic haven, this former industrial warehouse district preserves the city’s largest collection of highly ornate cast-iron architecture, now beautifully restored as stunning, highly sought-after loft spaces with soaring ceilings and dramatic light through walls of windows. Soho real estate is now home to successful business professionals as well as artists. The area of old manufacturing buildings, no longer in use, had been virtually abandoned and slated for demolition when, in the 1960s, an influx of pioneering artists led to a zoning change allowing residential use, and an historic preservation movement resulted in SoHo’s designation as a landmark Historic District. 

Encompassing the area between Houston and Canal Streets from Broadway to the Hudson River, the flourishing main shopping areas of Broadway and West Broadway, intersected by charming cobblestone-lined side streets, are lined with a wealth of fine shops, design stores and unique boutiques. Also known for its dynamic nightlife, SoHo is home to a variety of performance centers, clubs and lounges along with superb restaurants, European-style cafes, and several new hotels.

 

 

Little Italy

 

 

Adjacent to Chinatown, Little Italy is steeped in old world European tradition and offers aromatic bakeries, cafes and restaurants around Mulberry and Grand Streets. This close-knit community offers dozens of long-time family-owned shops along with newer additions to the Little Italy real estate from smaller walkup buildings to new developments of converted lofts with all amenities.

 

 

 

 

Lower East Side

 

 

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is rich in history as the country’s most famous immigrant neighborhood, a gateway to America for Eastern Europeans arriving in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Lower East Side extends from Houston to Delancey Streets between the Bowery and the East River, with Orchard Street at its center. Lower East Side real estate offers access to a multi-cultural fusion of delicatessens, cafes, night clubs and boutiques for trendy up and coming fashion designers. A significant amount of construction, converting existing warehouses no longer used and building from the ground up on vacant lots, has transformed this area to hot destination for residential living.

 

 

 

TriBeCa

 

 

 

Situated just south of SoHo, TriBeCa (the Triangle Below Canal Street) extends from Canal Street down to Park Place, between Broadway and the Hudson River. Over the past two decades, TriBeCa has undergone an extraordinary transformation to become a choice residential area, showcasing a wonderful array of beautifully-restored, cast-iron warehouse buildings along the historic streets of this former industrial district. The area annually hosts the acclaimed TriBeCa Film Festival. 

TriBeCa real estate includes magnificently converted lofts that retain details of the prior use of the buildings, such as exposed wooden beams, extra-large windows, exposed brick and wall-sized rolling fire doors. Along with one-of-a-kind shops in splendid architectural spaces, the neighborhood offers a wide range of dining options, from casual sidewalk cafes to some of the city’s finest restaurants. With many artists among its residents, TriBeCa is a dynamic cultural center with cutting-edge galleries, artists’ studios, theater spaces and live music venues. The neighborhood’s long stretch of waterfront offers a fitness trail perfect for enjoying a run or walk by the river.

 

 

Battery Park City

 

 

On Manhattan’s southernmost point, Battery Park City sits on the East and Hudson Rivers and offers Manhattan condos with commanding views to Governor’s Island, Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Bounded by Chambers Street to the north and West Street to the east, this unique locale offers carefully tended greenery and includes a yacht basin, a 1.2-mile esplanade, Rockefeller Park and Battery Park, site of historic Clinton Castle. One of Manhattan’s newest neighborhoods, it offers numerous luxury condominiums in all price points, many with private gardens and view-filled balconies. Battery Park real estate is much desired by business professionals due to their close proximity to the Financial District.

 

 

 

Roosevelt Island

 

 

Roosevelt Island is a haven just off the coast of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Easily accessible from the F train or the aerial tramway, Roosevelt Island is a charming mix of metropolitan convenience and small town ambiance, with much of the island designated as car-free areas. Roosevelt Island boasts several parks and promenades and offers baseball fields, tennis courts, and the Sportspark center with swimming pool and indoor and outdoor basketball courts. Main Street offers a wide variety of dining venues and retail locations to residents, with everything from dry cleaners and a drug store to nail salons and a movie theater. And because Roosevelt Island is only approximately 2 miles long and 800 feet wide, all of these amenities are right near the full-service, luxury residential buildings.

 

 

 

Morningside Heights

 

 

Set high on the bluffs of the Hudson River, Morningside Heights is a lovely neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, anchored by Morningside and Riverside Parks, magnificent churches and the main campus of Columbia University. Extending from 106th to 123rd Streets between Morningside Avenue and the river, with Broadway at its heart, this quiet and safe community has been gaining in popularity, with many new lively cafes, restaurants, bookshops and boutiques added to its long-time establishments. Morningside Heights real estate is primarily comprised of prewar co-ops, some having magnificent views of the Hudson River, and enjoy the convenience of the neighborhood’s express subway service on Manhattan’s West Side.

 

 

 

Harlem

 

 

Famous as the site of the 1920s renaissance of African American culture, historic Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood currently undergoing a second renaissance in commerce, culture, property redevelopment and historic preservation. At the northern tip of Central Park, the neighborhood stretches from 116th Street to the Harlem River. Harlem real estate includes a wealth of magnificently detailed 19th-century brownstones and spacious prewar buildings. 

The St. Nicholas Historic District is notable for the stately 19th-century townhouses of Striver’s Row, historically named as a reference to its upwardly mobile residents, with other grand townhouses in Hamilton Heights. A legendary landmark, the Apollo Theater has hosted performances by such luminaries as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith. The neighborhood also teems with an extraordinary variety of shops, markets, restaurants and cafes.

 

 

 

Hamilton Heights

 

 

Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood on Harlem’s western edge and was designated an Historic District between the years of 2000 and 2002. Manhattan real estate in Hamilton Heights extends from West 135th to West 155th Street between Edgecombe Avenue and the Hudson River, on land that was once part of Alexander Hamilton’s country estate. Hamilton Heights real estate includes block after block of elegant late 19th- and early 20th-century row-houses with picturesque architectural gems in various styles such as Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Dutch Revival and Romanesque Revival, designed by notable architects including Neville & Bagge, George Pelham and William Mowbray. The childhood home of famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell is located on Nicholas Avenue, and George Gershwin lived on 144th Street when he wrote his first hit song, “Swanee” in 1919. In the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, many affluent African Americans including legendary jazz pianist Count Basie lived in Hamilton Heights, a part of which became known as Sugar Hill, as it was thought to represent all that was sweet in life.

 

 

 

Brooklyn

 

 

Directly across the East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn’s charming historic neighborhoods offer an escape from the city yet are just a short trip from Manhattan via subway or the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City condos and Brooklyn real estate include immaculate 19th-century brownstones, Greek Revival and Italianate row houses, quaint converted carriage houses and prewar and postwar apartment buildings can be found in the distinct neighborhoods of this borough. Along the Fulton Ferry Landing, the enchanting Brooklyn Promenade revels in unrivaled panoramic views across the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, featured in numerous films. Cultural highlights include Prospect Park, a splendid 526-acre treasure designed in a naturalistic scheme by celebrated landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is housed in a 19th-century Beaux Arts landmark, and sits near the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a triumph of horticultural design. Other notable cultural assets include the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a venue of cutting-edge performance arts.

 

 

 

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