View Full Version : NYC areas-short explanation please
October 6th, 2004, 01:15 PM
I would really like to know more about every NYC area so It would be nice if someone could write couple of words about following areas and negbourhoods:
Upper west side-
Upper east side-
Lower east side-
I hope that this list is not too long :D
October 6th, 2004, 01:51 PM
Note: I know these are not exactly short, so just read what you need :D....this will be a good thread to read on a rainy day.....err whenever
Tudor City (www.tudorcity.com)
In the 1920s, the Fred F. French company started to buy lots on the east side of Midtown Manhattan for a large housing project. The run-down area consisted mostly of tenements and brownhouses, bordered on the east by a gas company, breweries and slaughterhouses, causing filth and an unbearable smell.
In 1925 Fred F French - also known for the Fred F. French Building and Knickerbocker village - started construction of what he called 'The largest project in Midtown'. The project was named Tudor City.
Completed in 1928, it consisted of 12 apartment buildings containing 3000 housing units and 600 hotel rooms. The design by the architect H. Douglas Ives and his team was based heavily on the Tudor Style, an architectural style prevalent during the Tudor Dynasty. Characteristic for this style is the brickwork and the application of fine intricate stonework.
In an effort to attract part of the middle class that had moved to suburban areas, the buildings featured many amenities and was well ahead of its time. It also boasted two private gardens in the center.
In order to shield the apartments from the slaughterhouses on the east side, the buildings all face inwards towards the parks and have very few windows on the east side.
The slaughterhouses were eventually demolished in the 1940s to make way for the United Nations Headquarters.
Tudor city currently houses about 5000 people and most of the apartments and hotel rooms are now co-operative housing projects. It is based on a plateau that seems to isolate it from the rest of Midtown, creating a quiet refuge from hectic Manhattan.
The area became a historic district May 17, 1988. It comprises an area from 40th street to 43rd street between First and Second Ave.
Hell's Kitchen (http://www.hellskitchen.net)
Hell's Kitchen ...more than a neighborhood...it's a state of mind. From the slaughterhouses and breweries of the 1800s, the draft riots of 1863, the Fighting 69th of World War I, the home of New York's most dangerous criminals from the early tenement days to Prohibition to the Westies, Hell's Kitchen rose from the blood and fire of the poor dreaming their riotous dreams and searing the urban landscape with a wild, demanding spirit. The story of Hell's Kitchen can be told in many ways, and must be told in many ways: in poetry and fiction, in art and film, biographies, histories and photographs. It's not one block, and it is. It's not one area, because the sum total is greater than what can be seen in a certain space or any lifetime. For all of us who live here, it's more than a narrative history, but the narrative history is essential to knowing it.
An acronym for SOuth of HOuston (pronounced "how-stun") Street. This eclectic neighborhood in lower Manhattan had a long history before becoming New York City's artistic haven.
The SoHo that surrounds you, with its cast-iron warehouses and cobblestone streets arose in the 1850's after the residential population moved uptown.
Up rose these ornate edifices housing fabrics, china, glass and more for companies like Lord & Taylor and Tiffany's. The lower floors were designed for displays and became perfect for the art galleries to come.
By the late 1900's, the fashionable businesses moved uptown and the area developed into a seedy, sweatshop-filled slum known as "hell's hundred acres."
New labor laws forced the sweatshops to evacuate leaving SoHo a ghost town ripe for a revolution!
Through the 1960's artists quietly moved into the abandoned buildings which provided "lofty" spaces to contain their creativity. (Even if there often was no electricity!)
But by the 1970's SoHo developed into a community, transforming itself into a residential / commercial / artistic zone.
October 6th, 2004, 03:06 PM
Text from nycvisit.com.... maps and more HERE (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=15)
This is just about as short as I get BTW....anything shorter would just be directions to the locations :D....besides this'll be a good place for non-ny'ers to learn the basics
Lower East Side (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=441)
This is New York's landmark historic Jewish neighborhood, which was once the world's largest Jewish community. It was here that the New York garment industry began. Today it is one of New York's favorite bargain beats, where serious shoppers find fantastic bargains (especially along Orchard Street on a Sunday afternoon), cutting-edge new designers, and hot bars and music venues - and possibly the best place to get a great pastrami sandwich, pickles out of a barrel, and the world's best bialys. Try Katz's Delicatessen (205 East Houston St.), the oldest and largest real NY deli, founded in 1888.
Bounded by Houston Street, Canal Street, and the FDR Drive, the neighborhood's center is Orchard Street. Once a Jewish wholesale enclave, this street is a true multicultural blend, with trendy boutiques, French cafés, and velvet-roped nightspots sprinkled among dry-goods discounters, Spanish bodegas, and mom-and-pop shops selling everything from T-shirts to designer fashions to menorahs. Orchard is lined with small shops purveying clothing and shoes at great prices. Grand, Orchard, and Delancey Streets are treasure troves for linens, towels, and other housewares, and the traditional Sunday street vendors (Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, is observed by many shopkeepers as a day of rest) offer great opportunities to hone your bargaining skills! At Shapiro's Winery visitors can taste one of their 32 flavors of wine, and at Streit's bakery, matzoh mavens can sample the freshly baked unleavened bread as it rolls off the conveyor belts behind the counter.
Upper West Side (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=448)
Broadway, brownstones, books, and some of the city's best bagels... the Upper West Side extends north from Columbus Circle at 59th Street up to 110th Street, and is bordered by Central Park West and Riverside Park. The Upper West Side is separated from the Upper East Side by Central Park. This is the traditional stronghold of the city's intellectual, creative, and moneyed community, but the atmosphere is not as upper crust as the Upper East Side. Did You Know?
The world’s largest gothic cathedral is the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and it’s still under construction. Its first stone was laid in 1892.
Elegant, pre-war buildings along the boulevards of Broadway, West End Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Central Park West meet shady, quiet streets lined with brownstones. Much of the area is protected by landmark status, and the neighborhood's restored townhouses and high-priced co-op apartments are coveted by actors, young professionals, and young families.
Upper East Side (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=447)
From the Plaza Hotel at the edge of Central Park at 59th Street to the top of Museum Mile at El Museo del Barrio at 105th Street, this is the city's Gold Coast. The neighborhood air is perfumed with the scent of old money, conservative values, and glamorous sophistication, with Champagne corks popping and high society puttin' on the Ritz.
On the corner of Lexington and 59th Street is Bloomingdale's - one of the NYC shopping icons, a beloved sanctuary for stylish consumers. On Madison Avenue, window shopping can be intoxicating: so many tempting boutiques, so many famous names to flaunt on everything from socks to shoes to satin sheets to chocolates.
Greenwich Village l West Village (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=439)
also known as the West Village or the Village - is more upscale than the East Village and is the original corner of cool, the closest any American neighborhood comes to a corner of Paris. This part of town has been home to artists and writers, nonconformists, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians since the turn of the 20th century. Did You Know?
The nation’s largest public Halloween parade is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
Downtown charm is personified in lots of low-rise townhouses, thumbnail size gardens, secret courtyards, and a wacky serpentine layout of streets
TriBeCa (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=444) (the Triangle Below Canal)
When SoHo became too upscale for starving artists, many moved further downtown to another, then-half-abandoned industrial district, TriBeCa (the Triangle Below Canal). TriBeCa also became a hot destination, most notably for dining. TriBeCa restaurants include Nobu, Tribeca Grill, Montrachet, Alison on Dominick Street, Capsouto Freres Restaurant, City Hall Restaurant, F.illi Ponte, and Dylan Prime. Hip TriBeCa night spots include the Bubble Lounge and the Church Lounge in the Tribeca Grand Hotel
October 6th, 2004, 03:25 PM
According to the 2000 Census statistics, Brooklyn is New York City's largest borough, accounting for 30.8% of the city’s total population with a head count of 2,465,326, followed by Queens (27.8%, 2,229,379 people), Manhattan (19.2%, 1,537,195 people), the Bronx (16.6%, 1,332,650 people), and Staten Island (5.5%, 443,728 people). New York's total population in the census was 8,008,278.
This stuff is well, ..random at best...historical and more
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No intro needed....
Link to a map of Manhattans neighborhoods (http://www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=429), along with bio's on each of them..
The Bronx (http://www.nycvisit.com/_uploads/images/MAPbronx_RGB_op.gif)
Quick: Which is the only borough of New York City that isn't on an island and has more parkland than any of the others? Surprise! It's the Bronx.
This borough at the northernmost tip of the city and the only one attached to the mainland (Manhattan and Staten Island are each islands and Queens and Brooklyn are part of Long Island) has more parkland than any of the other boroughs, a renowned botanical garden, a world-famous zoo, stately mansions, historic sites, a Little Italy, beaches, even an island reminiscent of a New England fishing village.
Did You Know?
The Bronx was settled in 1639 and is named for the Swedish settler Jonas Bronck.
The Bronx has a population of 1.4 million. Famous people who have lived in the Bronx include performers Anne Bancroft, Tony Curtis, Robert Klein, Hal Linden, Penny and Gary Marshall, Rita Moreno, Chaz Palminteri, Roberta Peters, Regis Philbin, Carl Reiner; athletes Lou Gehrig, Jake La Motta; authors E.L. Doctorow, Theodore Dreiser, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Herman Wouk; statesmen John Adams, John F. Kennedy, Colin Powell; designers Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren; and the conductor Arturo Toscanini.
Background and History
The Bronx is named for Swedish commercial sea captain Jonas Bronck who in 1639 became the first European settler to establish himself in this area. In 1898, when the city became the sum of all of its boroughs, this area was called the Bronx, after the river that ran through the middle of it.
During its golden age in the 1920s, the building of the elevated subway line increased population, Yankee Stadium was built, and the mile-long Grand Concourse was fashioned as New York’s Champs Elysees, lined with elaborate Art Deco buildings.
Brooklyn (http://www.nycvisit.com/_uploads/images/MAPbrooklyn_op.gif) :dance2:
The Canarsee Indians were the first known inhabitants of what we now call Brooklyn. The Village of Breuckelen was established by the Dutch West India Company in 1646 and became the first municipality in what we now call the state of New York. There were five 17th century Dutch settlements established: Breukelen, Nieuw Amersfot, Midwout, Niew Utrecht and Boswyck and one English one, Gravesend. Gravesend has the distinct of being the only American town established by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody. By the 19th century, the towns had merged in the City of Brooklyn. In 1898 Brooklyn became one of the five boroughts that comprise New York City.
Home of the hip NY'er :D
When you ask someone who lives in New York City exactly where in the city they live, people from Brooklyn will say, Brooklyn. Again, the same holds true for the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan. However rarely will a Queens resident respond, Queens. You will hear them say Jamaica, Flushing, Long Island City, Astoria, Jackson Heights, the Rockaways and on and on through over thirty-something communities throughout the borough. Why? Well history-wise, that is the way its residents choose to identify their sense of place. In Queens, we have many communities that can be considered destinations that have this sense of place. They are part of the 112 square miles and 2.2 million residents who are 32% White, 19% Black, 25% Hispanic, 18% Asian and 6% American Indian and two or more races or other, who call Queens County home.
Staten Island (http://www.nycvisit.com/_uploads/images/MAPstatenisland_op.gif)
Staten Island is both the name of an island on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of New York Harbor as well as the name of the one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. It is coterminous with Richmond County, the southernmost county of the State of New York.
As an island, it is separated from Long Island by the Narrows and from mainland New Jersey by the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull. It is connected to New Jersey by the Bayonne Bridge, the Outerbridge Crossing, the Goethals Bridge, and to Brooklyn by the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The Staten Island Ferry connects the island to lower Manhattan. The Staten Island Railway traverses the island from its northeastern tip to its southwestern tip.
As an administrative division of New York City, the borough includes the island of Staten Island, as well as several minor unpopulated islands in lower New York Harbor, Newark Bay and the Arthur Kill. The existence of the borough dates from unification of New York City in 1898. Until 1975, however, the borough was known formally as Richmond.
Except for the areas along the harbor, the borough was relatively underdeveloped until the building of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in 1964, which is considered the watershed event in the history of the borough, since it opened up the island to explosive suburban development.
In the late 1960s the island was the site of important battles of open-space preservation, resulting in the largest area of parkland in New York City and an extensive Greenbelt that laces the island with woodland trails.
For the last half of the Twentieth Century, Staten Island was arguably best known for being the site of the Fresh Kills Landfill, a primary destination for garbage from the five boroughs of New York City and the largest single source of methane pollution in the world. The landfill was closed in early 2001 but was temporarily reopened later that year to receive the ruins of the World Trade Center disaster.
As by far the least populated, most ethnically homogeneous, and most remote borough of New York City, Staten Island is sometimes the object of humor by residents of the other boroughs as being somewhat enigmatic and rustically suburban. Indeed, much of the central and southern sections of the island was once dominated by farms, primarily dairy and poultry farms, some of which were still in existence as recently as the early 1960s.
October 6th, 2004, 04:33 PM
A Mecca for African-American culture and life for more than a century, Harlem started out as Nieuw Haarlem, a prosperous Dutch farming settlement. By the turn of the 20th century, black New Yorkers started moving uptown into Harlem's apartment buildings and town houses. The neighborhood prospered and by the 1920s, Harlem had become the most famous black community in the United States, perhaps in the whole world. The Harlem Renaissance, generally regarded as occuring between 1919 and 1929, was Harlem's golden era, when local writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Ralph Ellison achieved literary recognition. The Depression hit hard here, but happily, today the neighborhood is well on the way to new glory days: Young people and families are moving into the newly restored brownstone and limestone buildings, and the combination of architectural treasures, crackling vitality (even Bill Clinton chose Harlem for his post-presidential office!), great music and culture, and honest-to-goodness, lip-smacking soul food make Harlem a must-see destination. Harlem is safe to explore on your own but there are a number of tour companies that will happily show you around.
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Little Italy and NoLIta (http://www.nycvisit.com/_uploads/images/MAPSoho_op.gif) (North of Little Italy)
The heart of Little Italy is Mulberry Street. In the second half of the 19th century, NYC's Italian immigration reached its peak, with several Italian parishes and an Italian-language newspaper. Today, there are fewer than 5,000 Italians living in Little Italy, but the heavenly aromas of the Italian bakeries and restaurants still waft around Mulberry and Grand Streets. The filmmaker Martin Scorsese shot the classic Mean Streets in this neighborhood, but today it couldn't be friendlier or safer!
Landmarks include Old St. Patrick's Church and the Police Building. It's a popular neighborhood, filled with Old World atmosphere and many excellent eateries, among them Umberto's Clam House, Da Nico, Casa Bella, and Original Vincent's. Mid-September is a great time to visit for the most exciting annual event in the neighborhood, the ten-day Feast of San Gennaro. During this celebration, Mulberry Street is renamed Via San Gennaro and the shrines and relics of this saint are paraded through the streets - don't be surprised to see the faithful pin dollar bills to the saint as he passes by - and the tantalizing smell of fried pastry and sausages fills the air. The crowds enjoy Italian foods of all types, rides, games, entertainment, and audience-participation singing and dancing. Tarantella, anyone?
Not so long ago, only a few noteworthy shops dotted the landscape east of Broadway in Lower Manhattan. The neighborhood known as NoLIta, or North of Little Italy, seemed quaint, a living postcard of narrow streets, mom-and-pop stores, and reasonable rent. Then, during the mid 1990s, many designer refugees from celebrity-clogged, high-rent SoHo and TriBeCa fled eastward and turned tiny pizzerias and shoe repair shops into shops to purvey their creations. By 1999, a number of low-attitude boutiques blossomed on Mulberry, Mott, and Elizabeth Streets, offering gorgeous one-of-a kind, designer goodies - bejeweled and embroidered purses, rainbow colored shawls, hand-tooled boots, and custom-designed jewelry
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I'll leave it up to the locals from here :D I'm sure I'll end up posting more though.....this could be a great resource...
Vlad the Great
October 6th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Coming to NYC Singidunum? :)
October 8th, 2004, 12:56 PM
Log onto the Village Voice site. They have a fortnightly or monthly review on a NYC neighbourhood. Good reading.
October 8th, 2004, 01:21 PM
thanks for the answers.
I want to come off course but have nothing planned yet.
October 9th, 2004, 04:03 PM
when i was in in New york i were in Meatpacking district and Alphabetic city..
i heard the whole MePa (?) meatpacking district was run by the Mafia..
could anyone tell me more about that?
October 9th, 2004, 11:42 PM
could anyone tell me more about that?
nooo...cause then we'd have to kill you! lol :jk:
I don't know :dunno:
ask johnny tightlips