A number of people often ask me: what is the best neighborhood for a short-term stay in NYC?
Often, I will answer: it all depends on your taste and budget.
What kind of neighborhood do you prefer staying: touristic, hip and young, with locals or/and affordable?
Precisely, this is where the problem is: you’ll have to make a decision!!! 🙂 🙂
A different housing for a first stay and further trips to New York?
In the first place, I’d like to say that for a first trip to New York, a touristic neighborhood like Times Square is a perfect choice. Now, for a 2nd trip to New York, a quiet environment among local New Yorkers is preferable.
Anyway, you might want a calm place while getting to know New Yorkers on your first trip to New York.
It really depends of your preferences.
Is there any affordable housing in New York?
Of course, money matters to find a good deal in housing in the neighborhood you want!!!
Basically, the more you lower your standards in terms of hotel ranking, quality, and size of the apartment and also the further from the heart of Manhattan you’re staying, the cheaper it is. Therefore, if you’ll find an apartment in Harlem or Brooklyn will always be cheaper than any place in the center of the city with the same accommodations. So once again, it’s up to you to know if you want to prioritize a location close to the center or a few minutes commuting to the city is an option.
But my best tip is to stay in Long Island City, you’ll be at 10-15 minutes to Times Square by Subway. I tell you more here: 3 good deals for hotels in New York
All neighborhoods defined following 7 criteria
I will try to define each neighborhood of New York according to a number of criteria: the touristic aspect, the proximity with shops or restaurants, bars and clubs, its quietness, whether local people live in the neighborhood, the number of touristic housing (hotels & apartments) and finally its rate.
In this way, I’ve put stars for each criterion.
Tourism: is it a touristic area or not? Are there interesting things to see?
Shopping: is it a great shopping area? (from a tourist perspective)
very few stores
great shopping area
Going out: is there any bars, restaurants or clubs in the neighborhood?
very few venues
excellent area for venues
Quietness: is the neighborhood quiet or not?
not quiet at all
Local life: is it a neighborhood filled with locals, an office area or touristic area?
very few locals
Choice of housing: is the neighborhood mainly for tourists (hotels or short-term rentals)?
very few tourists housing
large choice of housing
Rates: is it expensive for a hotel or an apartment?
Here’s a chart so you can see all the neighborhoods and their distinctive characteristics
|Neighborhoods||Tourism||Shopping||Going out||Quietness||Local life||Choice of housing||Rates|
|Lower East Side (LES)|
|Upper West Side|
|Upper East Side|
|Brooklyn – Williamsburg|
|Brooklyn – Bedford|
|Queens – Long Island City & Astoria|
I hope that this chart and these explanations will help you decide more easily in which neighborhood of NYC is the best choice while researching for housing in New York.
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