More than 1.6 million people call this borough home, and millions more work and play in its world-famous skyscrapers, museums, theaters, and parks. From perennial must-have addresses like Greenwich Village, Gramercy, and Sutton Place, to new-and-now areas like Nolita and Hamilton Heights, Manhattan real estate is nothing short of thrilling. In Manhattan, condos stand next to townhouses, co-ops rub elbows with state-of-the-art rentals, and landmarked pieces of history sit just across the street from the latest by the world’s greatest architects. But it’s not all a concrete jungle — Central Park is Manhattan’s 843-acre “front lawn,” bordering some of the most beautiful buildings on the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, and in Harlem. (It’s also home to the acclaimed Central Park Zoo, the free-to-the-public Shakespeare in the Park festival, and the finish line for the New York City Marathon.)
Feeling great in the city means finding your own little corner: maybe it’s Manhattan House, a modernist masterpiece, or the gotta-be-near-the-waterviews of Battery Park City, or the hilly trails of Inwood, or the bright lights of Broadway. East Harlem and Morningside Heights manage to retain a friendly, neighborhood feel even as new, green-certified condo buildings spring up on major thoroughfares.
This is where the world comes to shop, but cultural institutions like the Apollo Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Nuyorican Poets Café are at your doorstep – or just a short ride away on any of the borough’s 21 (CK) subway lines.
Although Manhattan land is at a premium, the city that never sleeps still keep growing. On the East Side, construction is under way for the long-anticipated Second Avenue subway, while, on the West Side, abandoned elevated train tracks have been transformed into the oh-so-chic High Line, both a park and a work of art that ribbons through Chelsea and the West Village.