New York City is so big; the hardest part about visiting here is deciding what to do and where to stay. Luckily, you have plenty of options when it comes to neighborhood and accommodations in New York City. Choose wisely, though. Your NYC personality is greatly determined on the neighborhood in which you choose to stay.
Most tourists tend to stay in Times Square, thanks to its close proximity to attractions and its geographic location — in the center of Manhattan. If you plan on spending most of your time going to Broadway Shows, taking carriage rides at Central Park or shopping on 5th Avenue, Times Square is the place to stay.
The one downside to staying in Times Square is that it’s crowded with millions of tourists — at all hours of the night. If you’re fine with fighting your way through tourist crowds to get back to your hotel, you’ll be happy in Times Square.
Nearly every subway that runs through Manhattan makes a stop at Times Square.
If you want to feel like a New Yorker, stay in Greenwich Village. This neighborhood is quieter than most other neighborhoods in Manhattan. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of shops, restaurants and cafes here. Your hotel or apartment could even be located in one of the iconic brownstone buildings.
Take the 1 train to Christopher Street or the A, B, C or D trains to W4 Street, Washington Square Park to get here.
See the hustle and bustle of Wall Street and World Trade Center by staying in the Financial District. Located in Downtown, this neighborhood offers easy access to the New York Stock Exchange, the Statue of Liberty and the Staten Island Ferry. It’s also near the Seaport, where you can shop and dine on quaint cobblestones streets.
To get to the Financial District, you can take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Wall Street. Or, take the R to Rector Street.
If you want to be within walking distance of everything Downtown (and tons of art galleries and shopping), stay in SoHo. Broadway has plenty of large department stores, while you can find small boutiques on the side streets. Stroll down Greene Street to see some stunning cast iron architecture.
To get here, take the R, N or W trains to Prince Street; take the C train to Spring Street or take the F, D, B or M trains to Broadway/Lafayette.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with tons of character, Harlem is your neighborhood. Known for being one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement, Harlem is full of history, culture and art. The hotels are a little cheaper up here than in Midtown. Yet there’s plenty to do and see.
It’s also extremely easy to get to Harlem; several subway lines run up here daily. You can take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th and 135th Streets. Or, take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street. When traveling by subway, you can get to Times Square in about 15 minutes.
Harlem also has a lot of activities. The hop-on, hop-off buses stop here. The world-famous Apollo Theater is located on 125th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Other famous sites include the Jazz Museum, the Schomburg Center and Sylvia’s Restaurant.