Areas to Explore
Bordered by First and Fifth aves., between E. 14th and E. 28th sts., the area surrounding Gramercy Park (E. 20th St. & Irving Pl.) is one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan and offers beautiful walkways along the perimeter of its strictly private park and tree-lined streets, as well as a wealth of dining options.
The neighborhood, south of 14th St. and north of W. Houston St., between Washington Square Park and the West Side Highway, has earned its reputation as the elder statesman of hip, having inspired generations of artists, the Beat Generation, the hippie movement and the stirrings of gay pride and culture in New York City.
The intellectual, political and artistic capital of Black America stretches between the Harlem and Hudson rivers from east to west, and between 110th and 165th sts. from south to north. The community is undergoing radical cultural transformations, as restaurants and boutiques open amid venues of days past.
The knot of cobblestoned streets between Chelsea and the West Village—bordered by W. 14th and Gansevoort sts., between Ninth Ave. and the West Side Highway, where wholesalers have traditionally shopped for beef—now features trendy restaurants, upscale nightclubs, chic art galleries and designer boutiques.