Articles on Hot Manhattan Neighborhoods

Upper West Side Brownstone Bought for $18,000 in 1960 Now Priced at $5 Million

Upper West Side Brownstone - Peggy Mann Houlton

As many of us already know, New York City today is barely recognizable when compared to how it was circa 1960. Streets, houses and entire neighborhoods have been renovated, altered or developed in such a way that boggles the mind of anyone old enough to remember the city that was. A brownstone on West 94th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, however, has stood the test of time and, through meticulous nurturing, skyrocketed in value. The Upper West Side house, originally bought in 1960 for $18,000 by author Peggy Mann Houlton and her husband William Houlton, is now worth upwards of $5 million. 

Why is Midtown Manhattan So “Hot” Right Now?

Why is Midtown Manhattan so Hot Right Now?

If one takes a look at the performance of the Manhattan real estate market in the past few months, then one will see that there is one neighborhood that seems to be doing especially well for itself—Midtown Manhattan. This is an area that just seems to keep popping up in the news—one headline will talk about a property here nailing an eye-popping sale price, while another will speak of a new development in the works here. So why is Midtown Manhattan one of the most desirable places for a home in New York City? Read on to find out.

You Age Well, Murray Hill

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Home to many of the diplomatic missions of the United Nations, Murray Hill has long been known for its residential dwellings. Mid-rise buildings provide a decent view of the street life, while allowing the neighborhoods select high-rise the opportunity to give its residents the perfect view of New York City and the East River. It is a very quiet neighborhood, with statistics that prove Murray Hill to be one of the safest in New York City itself. Lastly, with its cheaper rent, Murray Hill is quickly becoming a popular to residents looking for a safe, quiet, and fun place to live in.

The Fashion District Keeps the Needle Moving

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The Garment District also known as the Fashion District takes up one square mile in NYC and runs from 5th ave to 9th ave and from 34th Street. to 42nd Street.  New York City is considered to be the fashion capital of the United States and its 14 billion dollars in annual sales makes it the top city in the fashion business.  Some major labels such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Liz Claiborne have showrooms and production facilities in the Garment District.   

Chelsea Has It All

The High Line in Chelsea NYC

Whatever it is you’re looking for, it’s probably in Chelsea. The well-rounded Manhattan neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best art galleries, nightlife, shopping, dining, recreation, schools and, of course, luxury real estate. Chelsea has everything from classic pre-war buildings reimagined as luxury condos, to cutting-edge, LEED-certified condominiums.

Soho’s Best Coffee Spots

The Best Places for Coffee in Soho, New York City

In our continuing quest to find all of the best coffee spots in the city, today, we turn our attention to Soho—does the fashion-forward district have a similar grade for its java as well? Well, we went sniffing around South of Houston Street for the smell of fresh-made coffee, and we came back feeling mighty pleased. Much like its famous bars and restaurants, Soho’s cafés are hip and happening, certain to appeal to both the coffee novice and the caffeine enthusiast.

TriBeCa: An Overview

Streetscape In TriBeCa

TriBeCa –  Taking a walk down the cobblestone streets of TriBeCa it wouldn’t be a surprise if you bumped into Jay-Z on your morning jog or Robert DeNiro as you’re taking your beloved pooch for a walk down Chambers Street. This neighborhood is known for its famous residents( even the late John F. Kennedy Jr used to live here) and is the home of many young professionals with families. Its name is an acronym for “Triangle Below Canal Street.” TriBeCa extends from the south section of Canal Street between Broadway and West Street and south of Vesey Street. In the mid 1800’s TriBeCa was labeled as Manhattan’s Lower West Side and was one of the first residential neighborhoods in New York.  By the 70’s and 60’s the area transitioned and became industrialized. Most spaces were warehouses, turning TriBeCa into and the home for many New York City artists and musicians. Today those industrial buildings and warehouses have now been converted into upscale loft spaces and homes.

Manhattan Real Estate Strengthens NYC’s Global Image

The Manhattan skyline, the hottest real estate market in the worldFew New Yorkers would be surprised to hear that many consider Manhattan as the hottest real estate market in the world, but some might be taken aback that international buyers often regard Manhattan condos as “bargains.” People across the globe tend to view Manhattan as unceasingly dynamic and fast-paced. International buyers from places like the UK, China, and Brazil, however, are not only attracted to Manhattan because of its energy, but also because of the stability and value of its real estate market. These international buyers are purchasing Manhattan property at a rapid rate and are sure to change the face of Manhattan real estate once again.

The Bowery Is Finally On the Rise

250 Bowery leads the way in The Bowery's revivalIt’s time for the kitchen supply stores to move aside. These longtime denizens of the Bowery south of Houston Street have reminded New Yorkers why the famed boulevard got its reputation in the first place, but their days there may be numbered. The Bowery is distancing itself from its past with every passing day. New retail boutiques, high-end restaurants, and hotels are opening up, and luxury apartment buildings are on the way too. And that’s not to mention the New Museum and a Whole Foods. In other words, all the telltale signs of gentrification have surfaced, which means the Bowery will finally join the rest of downtown Manhattan’s real estate boom. The few luxury apartments for sale on the Bowery have already generated a ton of attention, and the ones that have sold so far have done so for prices comparable to trendy Manhattan neighborhoods like SoHo and Tribeca.

Dancing To A New (Construction) Beat In West Chelsea

Construction in West Chelsea Even in a city that doesn't sleep, West 27th Street in Chelsea has long had a reputation for staying up late. That rep came courtesy of a bunch of clubs that, for a decade, set the pace for late-night revelry in a neighborhood that was, for years, Manhattan's club capital. Of course, no party lasts forever, and with those clubs closed -- and with Manhattan's club scene now doing its things behind the velvet ropes of the Lower East Side -- West Chelsea's former club capital has become something more upscale, a lot less messy and generally much more... residential. In the Wall Street Journal, Laura Kusisto notes that the stretch of West 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue, formerly the site of several notably noisy nightspots, has recently been home to a different kind of boom -- this time, as the home to some new luxury condominium development. With promising new Chelsea condominiums as 200 Eleventh Avenue, 245 Tenth and 133 West 22nd leading the way -- and with the newly opened second leg of The High Line giving the neighborhood some high-gloss glamour (and some high-end green space) -- it looks like the party may not be over in West Chelsea just yet.