Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is a neighborhood that runs between Central Park and the East River and stretches from 59th Street northward to 96th Street. Nestled amongst this two-mile stretch are the communities of Yorkville, which is centered on 86th Street and Third Avenue, as well as Carnegie Hill, centered on 91st Street and Park Avenue. Once known as 'The Silk Stocking District', The Upper East Side is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. In addition to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, just to name a few, are the 92nd Street Y, The Asia Society, and of course Gracie Mansion, Carl Schurz Park and Asphalt Green. The area is also distinguished by its proximity to some of the finest private schools, art galleries, restaurants and hospitals in New York City.
From a real estate perspective, the Manhattan neighborhood which encompasses the Upper East Side is characterized by a mix of residential, commercial, and retail buildings, where demand for available property continues to grow, far outweighing supply.
Upper West Side
The Upper West Side spans West 59th to West 116th Street from the Hudson River to Central Park West. The neighborhood captures the diversity of life in New York City. From families, to singles, college students to senior citizens, there is a wonderful mix of cultures, ages, and income groups.
Among the many attractions of the Upper West Side are its fine schools and convenient parks including Central Park along the eastern border and Riverside Park along the Hudson River to the West. Cultural institutions populate the area, with prominent attractions such as Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History, and the New York Historical Society. The neighborhood also hosts a vast array of religious institutions including one of the country's largest cathedrals, St. John the Divine. As for the retail experience, the Upper West Side houses some of the City's finest food emporiums from Zabar's to Fairway, from Balducci's to Citarella's. Additionally, recent years have witnessed the growth of national brands such as Gracious Home, Pottery Barn, Tower Records and two large Barnes & Noble at 66th and 83rd Streets. Beyond these brands, the neighborhood boasts a healthy dose of unique boutiques, small family-owned shops, omni-present bagel stores, cafes, and great sidewalk book vendors. Finally, there is no shortage of restaurants and trendy bars. With the addition of the Time Warner tower on Columbus Circle, the Upper West Side's retail and dining are second to none.
From a real estate perspective, the Manhattan neighborhood which encompasses the Upper West Side is characterized by a mix of residential, institutional, and mixed-use buildings, where demand for available property continues to grow, far outweighing supply. A primary draw of the area is the choice of original, pre-war family-sized apartments and classic brownstones found along most of the tree-lined streets.
MIDTOWN EAST covers the areas of KIPS BAY, MURRAY HILL, TURTLE BAY, BEEKMAN PLACE, SUTTON PLACE and extends from 30th Street to 59th Street/ from Fifth Avenue to the East River.
The MIDTOWN EAST commercial district includes New York icons such as Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building and includes St. Patrick¹s Cathedral, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and the United Nations plus great exclusive shopping along Fifth Avenue and the great 57th Street. Above street levels, the neighborhood is lined with well appointed office buildings commanding the highest office rents in the City.
In BEEKMAN PLACE, the far Eastern part of this neighborhood, there are lovely brownstones and stately townhouses that offer breathtaking river views, gardens and terraces. Alongside that area is SUTTON PLACE, which instantly suggests status and affluence to New Yorkers and tourists alike.
The KIPS BAY area includes the real estate in the lower 30¹s to the East of Third Avenue. Kips Bay was named after a 17th Century Dutch farmer called Jacobus Kip whose farm ran from Second Avenue and 35th Street to the East River which formed a bay named for him. This bay was later filled in and yet remains the name of the area. This area is now a convenient location for young professionals, new boutiques, restaurants and businesses.. Kips Bay is home to the NYU School of Medicine and Dentistry, Bellevue Hospital and Chief Medical Examiners office and attracts many doctors and hospital staff to occupy residential places.
MURRAY HILL which includes the area in the mid and upper 30's is probably best known for its close proximity to the Empire State Building and the Pierpont Morgan Library. It is a center of business and the site of many clubs, churches, hi-rise apartment buildings, brownstone mansions and restaurants. Old carriage houses in this neighborhood have been changed into charming homes. Turn of the century brownstones here have been turned into elegant fashionable townhouses, Lots of shops and restaurants are offered on Second and Third Avenues for the young people in the area.
TURTLE BAY is located from 43rd Street to 53rd Street and is bordered by Lexington Avenue to the West and the East by the East River. This area is home to the United Nations, which is located on First Avenue. The neighborhood was originally a forty- acre farm and is now filled with restored townhouses and hi-rise co-ops and condos on tree-lined streets. Turtle Bay also offers many fine restaurants and a very popular nightlife.
The Midtown West area (the neighborhood bounded by 30th and 59th Streets to the South and North and Sixth Avenue and the Hudson River to the East and West) represents one of the most dynamic areas in the City.
With the redevelopment of Times Square during the 1990s, the area North of 42nd Street formerly known as Hell¹s Kitchen, but now known as Clinton has witnessed impressive growth. The former red light district of New York has been replaced by the likes of Disney, Condé Nast, MTV and an abundance of new developments including luxury condos and rentals (The Biltmore, The Westport and The Foundry). These developments compliment the eclectic mix of old style tenements, and the slew of after-theater and ethnic flavored restaurants that have sprung up in the neighborhood. Farther South, the I.M Pei designed Jacob K. Javits Convention Center adds to the commercial vibrancy that characterizes the Southern part of Midtown West.
This surge in development activity has also served to connect the far Western parts of the neighborhood with the well known tourist attractions to the East including the Theater District, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall.
Gramercy Park is one of New York City's oldest residential neighborhoods with an eclectic mix of a downtown atmosphere and brownstone-lined streets. The peaceful ground of Gramercy Park is one of the last private parks still remaining on Manhattan Island.
The gated park surrounded by landmark townhouses defines this neighborhood. Locked year round but the first Saturday in May, Gramercy Park allows only surrounding residents to have access. The neighborhood is also famous for Teddy Roosevelt who was born at 28 East 20th Street, The Gramercy Park Hotel, and a handful of other establishments such as: The Players Club, The National Arts Club, Pete's Tavern, and Irving place also hold a place in honor to the area.
While the historic charm of the area is admired by both residents and foreigners alike, the shopping and dining options are second to none. The retail premium begins with renowned stores such as Paragon and ABC Carpet & Home. Chic dining and nightlife options are also plentiful as the neighborhood is home to some of the city's finest restaurants including Tabla, Gramercy Tavern, Gotham, Blue Water Grill and Craft.
From a real estate perspective the Manhattan neighborhood, Gramercy Park, is characterized by a mix of pre-war and post-war residential, commercial, retail, and corporate buildings, where demand for available property continues to grow, far outweighing supply.
Greenwich Village is bounded by Fourth Avenue to the East, and the Hudson River to the West, 14th Street to the North, and Houston Street to the South. The surrounding neighborhoods include the East Village, SOHO, Chelsea, and Gramercy.
Greenwich Village has been the home to artists and writers, entertainers, and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. Some of the more notable include Henry James, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Eugene O'Neill, Norman Rockwell, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Pollock.
Among the many attractions of Greenwich Village are Washington Square Park, The Washington Memorial Arch, Grey Art Gallery, Forbes Magazine Galleries, and New York University. The University brings a tremendous amount of culture to the neighborhood and today, is the nation¹s largest private university. Shopping in Greenwich Village is excellent. The streets are lined with stores that include everything from famous name designers to unique boutiques.
The picture book Village of tree-lined streets and quaint houses is also home to some of the City's finest food. There is no shortage of charming restaurants, trendy cafes, relaxed bars, and chic nightlife. Some of the more notable restaurants include Il Mulino, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Po, and Babbo, all Zagat award winners.
From a real estate perspective, the neighborhood, which encompasses 82 East 10th street, is characterized by a mix of residential, institutional, and mixed-use buildings, where demand for available property continues to grow, far outweighing supply. A primary draw of the area is the overwhelming choice of brownstones found along the tree-lined streets.
Named for London's Chelsea Royal Hospital, Chelsea is positioned between the Village/Meatpacking District and Midtown West/Clinton. By the later half of the 1800s, after the building of an elevated railroad, Chelsea had become a commercial center. Fashion Row developed around the El and the fashion and garment industry took root. Today, the El is gone, and art galleries have appeared. Chelsea has been at the center of 'relocation' of the city's blue chip art galleries from to 'SoHo North' west of Ninth Avenue where Kasey Kaplan, Andrea Rosen, Gracie Mansion and the Dia Center are joined by on-the-rise galleries like John Connelly Presents and Daniel Reich. With art galleries have come the requisite fine eateries and a wide array of shopping choices. The Chelsea Market provides a selection of shops under one roof that sell just about everything, and Whole Foods represents the best in grocery shopping. Finally, a full selection of sports classes and activities can be found at Chelsea Piers along the Hudson River.
The area's architecture is an eclectic mix of 19th century townhouses, high rise luxury residential buildings and old warehouses that have been converted into ultra trendy lofts, and art galleries. Chelsea's population is a high-energy urban mix, with a reputation for being for being young and hip.
Bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the south, Cadman Park and Court Street to the east, Brooklyn Heights commands a spectacular view of lower Manhattan.
History abounds at every turn. Columbia Heights was the residence of the Roebling family while they constructed the Brooklyn Bridge. A casual stroll in the proximity of the Heights Promenade will turn up quaint two story carriage houses as well as wood frame residences dating from the 19th century. The neighborhoods around Fulton Ferry Landing are among the oldest in all of New York City - and Brooklyn Heights became a popular residential community soon after Fulton's ferries turned Brooklynites into regular commuters. A walk along peaceful Willow Street is an architectural treat and Grace Court Alley, once used as a stable alley for fancy homes on Remsen Street, is a lovely mews. Pierrepont Street is graced with some of the city's most beautiful residences- including Brooklyn's History Museum. Garden Place, Sidney Place, and Hunts Lane are also lovely to stroll.
Scarcity of the town house product has fed the sellers' market, and prices are approaching uptown Manhattan levels.
The neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn is situated between Cobble Hill to the north and major regional transportation thoroughfares to the south and west including, Hamilton Avenue, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Gowanus Expressway, and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Carroll Gardens is within walking distance of the bustling downtown business area of Brooklyn but has managed to retain an old world charm. The neighborhood is primarily a residential community steeped in traditional working class values. It derives a rich heritage from a wave of Italian immigration that occurred in the earlier part of the twentieth century.
The Carroll Gardens Historic District so designated on September 25, 1973, is one of the smallest historical districts in the city, notable for atypical setbacks that create deep front yards for the Neo-Greco and Italianite style brownstone row houses.
As with so many other neighborhoods in the city, Carroll Park is a bustling oasis and center for civic living in the heart of the neighborhood. It is used for both active and passive recreation, and caters to adults and children of all ages.
The completed construction of Smith Street has had a positive impact on the local economy. This commercial strip is heavily trafficked by local residents. Occupancy rates are up and private property owners are reinvesting in their properties, as evidenced by enhancements to storefronts and building facades. Smith Street has developed a reputation as 'restaurant row' hosting an eclectic mix of international gourmet cuisine. Nightlife on Smith Street continues to grow with more bars, clubs, performance and social gathering spaces opening up, attracting even more people to the Carroll Gardens area.
Park Slope, consisting of North Slope, Center Slope and South Slope, spans from Prospect Park West to Fourth Avenue and from Park Place to the Prospect Expressway. The neighborhood captures the diversity of life in New York City. From families, to singles, college students to senior citizens, there is a wonderful mix of cultures, ages, and income groups.
Among the many attractions of Park Slope is Prospect Park. Along with Prospect Park's nature and beauty, Prospect Park also contains a wide variety of facilities including the Kate Wollman Ice Skating Rink, Lake Prospect, a performance space, and a historic carousel. Park Slope was developed in the 1870's after the completion of Prospect Park.
Cultural institutions populate the area, with prominent nearby attractions including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Atlantic Center and the soon to be developed Atlantic Yards. The neighborhood also hosts a vast array of religious institutions including the United Methodist Church and Temple Beth Elohim.
Park Slope's commercial districts are located on Seventh Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street. In addition, Park Slope possesses numerous restaurants such as Blue Ribbon, Blue Ribbon Sushi and the Minnow. A new Fairway Supermarket is currently in the process of development. Recent years have witnessed the arrival of national brands such as Barnes & Noble and Starbucks. Beyond these brands, the neighborhood boasts a plethora of unique boutiques, family-owned shops, bakeries, cafes, and sidewalk book vendors.
Park Slope is characterized by a mix of residential, institutional, and mixed-use buildings, where demand for available property continues to grow, far outweighing supply. A primary draw of the area is the choice of classic brownstones found along most of the tree-lined streets and majestic pre-war apartment buildings found along Prospect Park West.