NY's neighborhoods Midtown
In Midtown Manhattan we can find the most important center of the city, from Times Square with all its lights, businesses, bars, stairways, big screens, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, the Port Authority, Radio City Music Hall, the Hard Rock café, Madison Square Garden, and the theater district known as Broadway.
Murray Hill is a small neighborhood, previously occupied by wealthy people but today inhabited by young professionals and diplomats due to the proximity of the United Nations as well as many embassies.
It’s a quiet neighborhood with many residents but with a lot of options for dining on 3rd Avenue and Lexington, between 27th Street and 30th where you can find a “Little India” called Curry Hill.
Chelsea is bordered by Union Square, the Garment District, Greenwich Village, and is limited in the south by 14th Street West. It’s a residential neighborhood, characterized by its art galleries. It was named by Captain Thomas Clarck, who bought the land in 1750 which extends from 14th Street to 25th Street and from 8th Street to the Hudson River.
The neighborhood housed a working class population after the creation of the rail lines, changing drastically in 1930 after it closed due to the deep economic crisis, changing to be owned by young owners and businessmen and artists which created a Cosmopolitan atmosphere which still lasts today. On 10th Street you can find typical art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Antiques Garage, an antique market, which opens on Saturdays and Sundays is found on 25th Street at 112th Street West.
The Village is located in lower Manhattan, with its limits being the Hudson River, Broadway, Houston Street and 14th Street. At the beginning of the 19th Century, a yellow fever and cholera epidemic struck and many families moved north, settling in Greenwich Village, quadrupling the population around midcentury. After this, the area was urbanized and great Federal and Greek revival style mansions were built for the upper-class. Religious institutions, schools and universities were founded in the neighborhood, which attracted cultural societies and art centers.
Towards the end of the 19th Century, with the drop in land values, the rich moved north and the large mansions were turned into hotels. At the beginning of the 20th Century, artists, poets, and writers arrived to give the neighborhood a bohemian feel. In the 1960’s a large gay community was established in the neighborhood around Christopher Street, leading to an infamous riot against police at the Stonewall Bar, which many believe was the beginning of the gay rights movement. The heart of the Village is Washington Park, livened up by artists, neighbors, tourists and students of New York University.