Kips Bay Commerce & Culture
Though the neighborhood’s titular bay — an East River inlet running from 32nd to 37th — has long since been filled in, it played a part in Revolutionary War history when British troops landed there in 1776, immediately forcing American troops to retreat. If only the bars of Third Avenue existed back then, maybe the two sides could have hashed things out over a pint. Cocktail bars, gastropubs, and sports bars; if it involves alcohol, you should be able to find it on Third in Kips Bay. You’ll find dining options along multiple avenues, but you’ll want to head to Lexington Avenue for the most distinct group of restaurants. There is a bit of a greenery shortage, but that’s nothing a walk by the East River waterfront can’t compensate for. Plus, the only thing separating you from three iconic New York City parks — Gramercy, Madison Square, and Union Square — is a jaunt to the west.