Friday, 3 March 2017

New York City Neighbourhoods And Where To Stay

Many tourists think of New York City as a long extension of Manhattan. However, there is so much more to NYC than just Manhattan! Although Manhattan is definitely the most popular tourist neighbourhood, the other neighbourhoods are no less worthy of attention.



Come with me on an exploration of New York boroughs and the top places to stay in each.

The Bronx



Yankees Stadium

The Bronx is perhaps most famous for being home to the Yankees Stadium, an honour that locals do not take lightly. Here, you’ll also find the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens, and plenty of parks and museums.

One of the best places to stay in the Bronx is Residence Inn by Marriot New York, which is both elegant and conveniently located.

Brooklyn


Coney Island

New York City’s most populous borough is also one of its most culturally rich. There are many famous sights to see here, many of them being architectural. The Brooklyn Bridge, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, and Brooklyn Borough Hall are all attractions worth seeing. If you have kids visit the fun fair at Luna Park, Coney Island, have an ice cream and ride the rollercoaster and ferris wheel.

If you want a cool hotel in this area try the Box House Hotel, which has contemporary lofts and suites, exceptional staff and colourful public areas.

Manhattan


Times Square

The neon and music of Manhattan is a huge tourist draw, as is beautiful Central Park, Broadway, and Times Square. See some of the most famous New York sights here. Go to the top of the Empire State building, or visit the One World Trade Centre and Ground Zero for a thought-provoking memorial to the people killed in the ISIS attack on 9/11.

There are many chain hotels of a good standard in Manhattan such as the Hilton Garden Times Square which is in the middle of all the action. If you want a boutique hotel the Library hotel offers stunning surroundings, with free breakfast and an evening cheese and wine reception all in with the price, as well as access to over 6000 books.

Queens


Unisphere and Freedom of the Human Spirit statue, Flushing Meadows

Of all the New York boroughs, Queens takes up the largest area. The diversity within this part of the city is incredible, even by NYC standards. It is the most ethnically diverse city region in the world, making it an excellent place to visit for a cultural experience. With all this diversity comes a range of restaurants to suit all tastes. It is also home to the New York Mets, Flushing Meadows, and the famous Astoria district.

Sleep in the designer style led Paper Factory Hotel for a fun and funky stay.

Staten Island

The Staten Island ferry

Staten Island is rather different from its neighbours. It has no subways, gets little attention, and certainly doesn’t seem as flashy. Don’t write it off so fast, though—it still has historic Richmond Town, the Staten Island Ferry, and the zoo.

Stay in Hampton Inn and Suites for a not-too-urban place to relax and breathe, or try an Air B and B for good quality accommodation at a great place.

Flights




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Tell me have you visited New York? What would you like to do if you visit one day?

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36 comments

  1. New York is on my list for a visit one day.

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  2. New york is on my bucket list! One day...

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  3. Great post, contains a lot of different finds and ideas! I can't wait to back one day!

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  4. I've been to New York four times and always stayed in Manhattan and I think I would always stay there because it's easy to get anywhere. If I went back for a day I'd love to go to an Ice Hockey game at Madison Square Gardens, watch a TV recording at Radio City and fill my face full of cake x

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    1. I think Manhattan Is brilliant as it's right in the heart of the action but New York had so many other great neighbourhoods too that often get overlooked.

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  5. i would love to visit here sometime it looks soo alive all the time theres always soo much goin on in new york

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  6. I've not been to New York for ages, and when I did go I ever left Manhattan for the week. Hopefully going back later in the year and seeing more and venturing further afield.

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  7. I used to live in Brooklyn and absolutely adored it. There are a ton of great bars and restaurants there.

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    1. I really want to explore Brooklyn more!

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  8. I'm American but I've never been to New York! I would love to visit some day just to see it all!

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  9. Love to visit New York but don't feel i know enough to begin. This is really helpful! x

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    1. Manhattan is a great base for a first time visitor for sure but depending on time don't be afraid to explore other areas.

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  10. New York is amazing! I totally agree, seeing all of the boroughs is a must.

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  11. I would love to visit New York some day. Hopefully next year.

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  12. I went to New York in July. I stayed in Lower East Side x

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  13. I've never been to NYC but it looks like a fantastic place to go for a trip! I'd definitely want to stay near Times Square and then venture out

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  14. Manhattan is always great! The best concerts, restaurants, bars and attractions. My last visit in April 2016 included the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier (with the Space Shuttle!) and a concert at Madison Square Garden seeing David Gilmour, and the next morning, a $75 breakfast for 2, including many drinks at Jack Doyle's! So much fun. It's amazing how much you can squeeze into a 24 hour visit.

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  15. I've been lucky enough to visit New York twice now and loved it x

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  16. God I would LOVE to visit Newyork some day!! It sounds like the place to be!

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  17. I would love to go to NYC! It's deffo on my travel wish list xo

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  18. I've never been to NYC and read so many posts which really doesn't help the need to travel there ASAP, your tips are fab and really useful!

    Emmie
    www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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  19. I really want to go to New York one day, this was a great post!

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  20. I've wanted to visit NY for so long. Thanks for sharing your recommendations :)

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  21. It's top of my must visit list, I was a huge fan of Sex and the City so need to go and soon!

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    1. My husband saw it being filmed years ago when he was in NY

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  22. Im so desperate to visit NYC and I might be getting the chance later this year. Thanks for the guide - I've always wondered which are the best areas to stay in and for me I think I'd want to be in the Bronx after reading this!

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    1. Hope you get the chance to visit one day Emma!

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  23. I love this city so much! I was there 2 weeks ago! What a blast - and love all your tips!

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  24. I usually stay in Brooklyn when I am in NY as it's got a lot of really cool bars and it's generally cheaper.

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    1. That's a good point, staying outside of Manhattan is a lot cheaper too.

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  25. I really wish I could go to New York City. One day I will, but I don't think I could just go for the week or a couple of nights!

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  26. We definitely need to keep this in mind for the next time we visit NYC!

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  27. I have never been to date but its certainly on my bucket list so wil bookmark this page to help me work towards that goal

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