If you are searching for the hottest, trendiest places in New York City, there are some districts that definitely come out on top. Here are the top five trendy neighborhoods in the Big Apple.
This up-and-coming artistic district is located between Greenwich Village and Chelsea, and the heart of the neighborhood is found from 9th Avenue to 14th Street. This is the place to be if you are interested in nightlife or fine dining, and many of the top-ranked eateries are located in the Meatpacking District. Prices may not be the cheapest in the Meatpacking District, but the extra expense is often worth the trendy atmosphere, the celebrity chefs, the funky lounges and the wild nightclubs with themed interiors.
Better known as Hipster’s Paradise, Williamsburg has definitely made a name for itself over the past several years. Located in Brooklyn, Williamsburg is the top destination for young professionals and students who want to be close to Manhattan without the tourists or the high rents. Travelers will love the laid-back style, the plentiful art galleries, the secondhand clothing stores and the unusual fashions. Be warned: Williamsburg isn’t the place to don your traditional office suit!
Lower East Side
Just a decade ago, you wouldn’t find the Lower East Side in many travel guides. Today, however, this once traditionally Jewish area that stretches from Canal Street to Houston Street is home to incredible shopping and affordable nightlife. Rather than big stores or chain eateries, the Lower East Side is home to tiny cafes, alleys filled with eclectic shops and bars that seat just a handful of guests for handcrafted cocktails. For a fun night out on the town with a trendy crowd that won’t cost you a fortune, the Lower East Side is a fantastic option.
Just like London’s SoHo, this neighborhood in Manhattan is one of the trendiest places to be in the city. Once a Bohemian artist’s village, SoHo has transformed into a bustling destination full of fashion-forward residents and amazing architecture. Petrosino Square is a big hotspot when the weather is nice, and you can see crowds enjoying their lunches there during the week. With shopping, art galleries, museums and plenty of restaurants, SoHo is also a great place to spend the day walking around and soaking up the incredible scenery.
One of the most recognized districts in New York City is Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Centered around Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village has always been home to progressives. It was the center of the arts in the 1950s and then home to the gay rights movement in the 1970s, and today, it is a beacon of liberal politics as well as the home of many European celebrities. New York University calls Greenwich home, and visitors can spend the day exploring the campus, catching an off-Broadway performance or sipping cocktails at trendy bars throughout the neighborhood.
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