Updated: May 21, 2015
Map of Neighborhoods in New York CityIf you are planning a vacation to New York City, you may not know much about how the city is layed out and where everything is. Fortunately, the street grid system in New York makes it pretty easy to find things, but it also helps to have a general idea of where the different neighborhoods in New York are located on a map. We've put together this New York neighborhood map below, with all the different areas and boroughs clearly listed. Now, if a guidebook or website mentions Greenwich Village or the Upper West Side, you'll know what they are talking about. Enjoy!
New York Neighborhood MapThe main part of New York City, Manhattan, is the island that fills up most of this picture. The Hudson River and New Jersey are on the left, the East River and Queens (a borough of New York City) are on the right.
At the lower end of Manhattan is what they call Downtown, or the Financial District. This is where Wall Street is, this is where Ground Zero is (where the World Trade Center used to be). Tall skyscrapers dominate the downtown skyline. The Statue of Liberty is just off the page at the lower left in New York Harbor. The Brooklyn Bridge angles across the East River here to connect to Brooklyn. Notice that Broadway begins here and stretches all the way up the length of Manhattan.
Heading north you get to the trendy Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal) neighborhood and Chinatown. Canal Street is a major landmark street here, cutting across the island. Tribeca, wedged between Soho and the Financial District, is home to warehouses converted into expensive lofts, and many nice restaurants. Chinatown is growing and moving into what used to be part of Little Italy, which lies directly to the north.
Soho and Little Italy Neighborhood MapSoho, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side are bounded by Canal Street to the south and another major landmark, Houston Street (pronounced "how-stun", not "hyoo-stun"), to the north. The heart of Little Italy lies along Mulberry Street - plenty of Italian restaurants to choose from, though the neighborhood continues to shrink. Soho stands for "SOuth of HOuston", and is/was famed for its artist studios and lofts. The Lower East Side is a little grittier, though plenty of trendy bars have popped up over the years. This area used to be tenement housing when New York City was one of the most densely populated spots on the planet.
New York Street System: Above Houston Street, the formal street grid of NYC finally begins, with the streets numbered block by block going north (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc.). The major avenues are numbered from east to west, with First Avenue closest to the East River and 11th Avenue near the Hudson River.
Greenwich Village Neighborhood MapHeading north, Greenwich Village lies between Houston and 14th Street. Formally, the section east of Broadway is called the East Village, while the western half is called the West Village, though most people consider "Greenwich Village" to be the West Village area. Greenwich village has always been an artistic and literary center, and it's Bohemian character is shown by it's angled streets that refuse to conform to "the grid". Music clubs, restaurants, small neighborhood feel. NYU and Washington Square Park are here. The East Village, like the Lower East Side (which it used to be considered part of), has a rougher feel to it. Home to hippies, music scene, lots of dive bars -- but slowly being gentrified (we'll show the map again so you don't have to scroll up to see it!)
North of 14th Street, we find Chelsea, the Flatiron District, and Gramercy. Gramercy is the desirable residential neighborhood around the famed private park, Gramercy Park. It runs north and eventually blends into the Murray Hill area (stretching roughly from 34th to 42nd). Third Avenue has a pretty lively bar scene through here. The Empire State Building is here at 34th and 5th. The trendy Meat Packing District is along the west side of Manhattan, between Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Chelsea itself is popular with the gay community and has plenty of shopping and nightlife. Madison Square Garden and Penn Station are at 33rd Street in the north section of Chelsea. The Flatiron District is named after the famous triangular shaped building of the same name, and is home to plenty of restaurants and Internet-related businesses.
Midtown New York MapThe Garment District is still home to many clothing designers and manufacturers, not a super scenic area. Midtown Manhattan officially stretches from somewhere around 30th Street (encompassing some of the neighborhoods we just talked about) up to 59th, where Central Park begins. A lot of people think of the Midtown area going from 42nd to 59th. This is really the main tourist area in New York, with the Theater District right around Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, etc. Plenty of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Skyscrapers dominate the landscape here again. The United Nations is along the East River @ 42nd Street, and Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building
are also along 42nd.
Central Park starts at 59th Street, also known as Central Park South, and stretches 50 blocks north to 110th Street. The famous Plaza Hotel sits across the street at the southeast corner of the park, along with the big Apple Store and FAO Schwarz toy store. The Metropolitan Museum is on the east edge of the park at 5th Ave and 82nd. The Upper West Side is to the west of Central Park, and the Upper East Side is to the east of Central Park. The Upper East Side is home to a lot of old-money - plenty of high-rise apartments, shopping, and dining. The Upper West Side is a little younger, not quite so sophisticated, also home to plenty of nightlife. At the northern end of Manhattan is Harlem.