Neighborhood Spotlights

gctWe explore neighborhoods in Manhattan by talking to top agents that specialize in each one. Learn about popular buildings to live in, the very best places to shop/eat/explore and visit.

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Midtown East – Jessica Cohen (The Jessica Cohen Team) Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Jessica Cohen  (The Jessica Cohen Team) Douglas Elliman Real Estate 212.769.6553 Click Here To Contact Jessica

Jessica Cohen
(The Jessica Cohen Team)
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Click Here To Contact Jessica

Midtown East offers some of the best residential property value in NYC for what one can buy there. Here you have the ability to live in an area that has a true neighborhood feel with some quaint side streets—while only a few short blocks away you can shop in the city’s most coveted stores that attract tourists from all over the world.  The bustling midtown office scene and super high-end hotels bring a high-end bevy of restaurant options that are available to the locals on a regular basis rather than just on special occasions.  Although busy during the day, the evenings clear out nicely and the conveniences are all there in abundance. Midtown East provides access to transportation, garages, and groceries/food/restaurants, with many gyms and specialty fitness clubs popping up all around.  Not to mention, easy access to hospitals and the Animal Medical Center in an emergency, or even a faster jaunt to get out east to The Hamptons for the weekends!  What other neighborhoods have so much to offer where you can find fabulous condos with open views for a reasonable Price Per Square Foot?! This may be the most under-rated area in Manhattan!


Jessica’s Suggestions:

0140 Carrots- in Bloomingdales
Famous for wild and fun new frozen yogurt flavors—a huge attraction while shopping your heart out.

02D and D building for Interior Design
Nowhere else can you get so lost in outrageous furnishings and rugs!  Most fun destination to plan a new look for your home.

03Mason’s Tennis
A Mecca for buying anything tennis related. Very special and unusual

04Ethos Restaurant
My absolute favorite spot for amazing greek food- incredibly fresh salads, fish, and meats.  And great décor!

05The Friars Club
A hip social club

Downtown Tribeca

KANE MANERA Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 212.321.7177

Douglas Elliman
Licensed Real Estate

The majority of the buildings in 10013 were designed for industry, yet proportionally speaking, they make for exceedingly luxurious living that is now being mimicked by architects and demanded by home buyers everywhere. High ceilings, large windows, exposed brick and quality interiors that are as custom to the apartment as the artistic individuals who colonized the neighborhood during the 1960’s and 70’s, not only add to the community and its abodes being diverse, but illustrate an inherent resilience to carve out a residential landscape and grow when times have been difficult. Couple these qualities with cobble stone streets, Hudson River Park sunsets and thriving restaurants, and you have the private and comfortable alternative to the finest neighborhoods in New York, with the ease of enjoying a superior caliber of lifestyle.

“TriBeCa is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the World and its inception as the residential locale of choice is something which could only have been conceived in New York City.”

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St
(corner of N.Moore and Greenwich) Great breakfast spot

J Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store
235 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (at White St.)
First men’s only store for the ubiquitous brand

24 Hubert Wines
24 Hubert St
(between Washington St & Greenwich St)

Tutto II Giorno & NY Academy of Art
114 Franklin St., New York, NY 10013
De Felice’s rustic Italian. Tip: try the Chicken Milanese

New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin St.

Downtown Soho/Nolita

CHRISTINA VISCA BOND New York Senior Vice President 917-806-6867, 917-806-6867

BOND New York
Senior Vice President
917-806-6867, 917-806-6867
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I’ve seen the neighborhood change dramatically…mostly for the good. It’s off the beaten path, yet has so much to offer. You’ll find a chic boutique or restaurant underneath classic tenement buildings and next door a new condo with starting prices of $10M. It’s a fabulous mixture of old and new, yet even the new feels old.

Brink of Little Italy “I am fortunate to have been selling and renting homes at The Police Building for the past 23 years.” 


408 Broome Street Food shop and tapas café

Ed’s Lobster

222 Lafayette Street

A proper seafood shack

Allan and Suzi

237 Centre Street

Retro clothing store

Animal Haven

251 Centre Street

Non-profit organization for abandoned cats and dog

Rice to Riches

37 Spring Street

Rice pudding boutique perfect one bedroom/convertible 2

Financial District – Ariel Cohen, Douglas Elliman’s The Ariel Cohen Team

The Financial District (aka FiDi) is one of the most dynamic and historic neighborhoods in Manhattan and it’s easily the most accessible, with 7 subway lines, 2 bus lines, multiple ferry stops and quick access to the FDR and West Side Highway – there’s even a heliport in FiDi.

From top restaurants, to boutiques and luxury retailers, parks and museums, this neighborhood has something for everyone. In recent years, it has transformed into a 24/7 residential community and will continue to evolve and welcome new businesses and residents as new residential developments are being planned, tech companies move in and One World Trade Center is nears completion.

Ariel ‘s Suggestions:

01La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat is the ultimate destination for those with a sweet tooth. This international chocolatier serves up specialty chocolates and other decadent treats with artful presentation. You have to try their hot chocolate. Nearest subway: Wall Street

02Stone Street
This historic cobble-stoned street is filled with popular bars and restaurants, like Ulysses and The Dubliner. During the warmer months, the street is filled with long picnic tables, where you can sit and enjoy a drink or a meal.  Nearest subway: Wall Street

03Andaz, Wall Street
This Hyatt-managed hotel is home to three of my favorite FiDi hotspots: Bar Seven Five, a sophisticated bar and lounge; Wall & Water, a must-try farm-to-table restaurant; and, lastly, a seasonal outdoor biergarten, which is a great place to catch up with friends over delicious brews and bites. Nearest subway: Wall Street

04South Street Seaport
There is so much to do at the South Street Seaport, from shopping and dining to neighborhood events. You can even catch a movie outside in the summer.  Nearest subway: Fulton Street

05Imagination Playground
My kids just love this playground. It’s fun for them to explore, climb and expel some of their unlimited energy.  Nearest subway: Fulton Street

Central Park South – Tom Postilio, CORE NYC

Midtown, especially where it meets Central Park, is becoming one of the most closely watched markets in the world.  It’s especially wonderful for me, as I have lived in this neighborhood since 1999.  The spectacular 57th Street renaissance is attracting an unprecedented concentration of wealth to the many luxurious new developments in the area, and the transformation of the neighborhood has triggered a surge in values of even the most modest apartments.  Every indication is that this trend will continue for many years to come, so there are still untapped opportunities to be had, if one knows where to look.

Tom’s Suggestions:

01 Trattoria Dell’Arte
Italian restaurant. This is my favorite place to dine in all of NYC.  It’s like going home for me!  Ask for Brandon and tell him that Tom sent you. (Trains: F,N,R,Q,W)

The greatest bookstore ever!  On 57th between 5th & 6th Avenues. (Trains: F, N, Q, R)

03Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park
This is about as spiritual a place for me as any in NYC. (Trains: A,B, C)

04Carnegie Hall
One of the greatest music halls in the world!  Where I saw my first Frank Sinatra concert in 1984 at the age of 14! (Trains: A,B,C,D, 1)



Upper West Side – Shane Shimon, Blu Realty Group

w72smallWhether you’re looking for a neighborhood to call home or somewhere to stay while visiting New York, the Upper West Side offers something for everybody.  Residents flock to the Upper West Side for the elegant pre-war landmark buildings and many brownstones which line the streets of Broadway, Central Park West, Riverside Drive and West End Avenue.  Perhaps the most famous of these being the star-studded Dakota. The hotels of the Upper West Side not only offer more value than in many other neighborhoods of New York, but the more quiet, residential feel of the Upper West Side also allows you to escape the chaos of Midtown and Downtown. Finally, the Upper West Side is home to two of New York’s most famous parks, Central Park and Riverside Park, which overlooks the Hudson River, making the Upper West Side is a beautiful and scenic environment for leisure time and raising a family.

Shane’s Suggestion:

01A Voce Restaurant
Expansive views and amazing Italian food from  chef Missy Robbins

Upper East Side – Amy Herman, Halstead Property

The Upper East Side is my favorite New York City neighborhood as it’s the neighborhood where I bought my own coop apartment in 2013 in the east 70s. It’s where I live and work and super convenient in terms of access to Central Park and the 6 train. The real estate is breathtaking -prewar and postwar coops and condos and historic townhouses, some built as early as the 19th century. The Carlyle Hotel adds to the beautiful UES skyline and the Museum Mile allows for everyone to enjoy some of the finest art exhibits in the world. There are incredible date-friendly and kid/stroller-friendly restaurants and shops around every corner on Madison Avenue and farther east on Third Avenue-York Avenue too.

Amy’s Suggestions:

01JG Melon
For late night burgers and some unexpected celeb watching after midnight

02Maison Kaiser
For breakfast or lunch- baguettes and brioche

03Exhale Spa
Relaxation or workout classes

04The Mark Hotel Bar
For Cocktails

For dinner on special occasions

Midtown West – Joél Moss, Warburg Realty

Midtown West has the best of everything New York City has to offer: World class dining at some of the city’s best restaurants, the theater district, shopping at Columbus Circle and Central Park. I love the little independent shops and restaurants and that everything is within arms reach. You can have a fantastic meal, a walk through the park and then to the theater district for a show; a quintessential New York evening.

Joél’s Suggestions:

01 Ink48 Hotel – The Press Lounge

Beautiful views

02Exhale Spa
Yoga, Pilates, amazing facials

03Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien
Great Burger

04Flute Midtown
Perfect for a romantic drink

 R05izzoli Bookstore

Midtown West – Amber Collins, Trump International Realty

What I love most about Midtown West is the feeling that you are truly living in the heart of Manhattan; only steps away from world renowned shopping on Fifth Avenue; incredible views of Central Park and the Hudson River; some of the best fine dining the city has to offer; very close proximity to the Theater District; neighbors to iconic New York City attractions such as Rockefeller Center, MOMA, Radio City and Carnegie Hall; easy commutes with all major subway lines at your doorstep, and a timeless atmosphere of New York City vitality.

Amber’s Suggestions:

Nobu Fifty Seven