New York is a city in perpetual change – neighborhoods are always being transformed and evolving. If you’re looking to relocate and want to rent in a part of town where there’s an exciting cultural scene, you’ll have plenty of choices. New York is one of the richest cities in the work, and prices are always rising, of course. When you start your research and find the area that’s right for you, go with a “no-fee” rental agent, and you’ll save a considerable amount of money to enjoy spending on the things you love! Here are just five of the city’s most culture-rich neighborhoods to get you started.
If browsing galleries is your thing, head for Chelsea. With over 200 galleries, plus quirky shops, designer boutiques, and first-class dining options, you’ll love strolling the pedestrianized streets and soaking in the boho village atmosphere. Local attractions, including the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long aerial green walkway which was created on an unused, elevated section of the New York Central Railway and Chelsea Market, mean there’s always something new to see and enjoy. The district is also home to Madison Square Garden, the venue for major sports events and concerts.
Tribeca, which is short for “Triangle Below Canal Street, is undoubtedly one of the most fashionable areas in New York, thanks in part to celebrity residents such as Robert de Niro and Beyonce. The Tribeca annual film festival was founded in response to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 attracts visitors and press attention from around the world. World-famous restaurants, such as Nobu, and bars such as Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and The Django jazz club at the Roxy Hotel attract celebrity visitors and residents alike.
This up-and-coming area is becoming populated with artists and creatives who have moved out of Williamsburg (the original hipster hub) due to spiraling prices. With the great community atmosphere, amazing graffiti, and hip young crowd, there are a plethora of small galleries featuring yet-to-be-discovered artists, lively bars, vintage clothing stores, and great restaurants.
With its unrivaled cultural diversity and authentic New York vibe, Astoria has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Situated on the river, the waterfront offers iconic views of Manhattan; fantastic restaurants with cuisine from literally every part of the globe. With a welcoming village feel, this neighborhood is attracting creatives, artists, and young professionals. Prices are going up, though, so grab an apartment while they’re still within reach.
If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, consider Greenpoint. It’s another culturally diverse and well-integrated neighborhood. Intimate galleries, often run by the artists themselves, help to make Greenpoint one of Brooklyn’s cultural hubs. Streets lined with mature trees, charming brownstone buildings, unique stores, and cafes give the place a slightly old-world, European vibe in the daytime. At night though, Greenpoint comes alive with an energetic nightlife. The St Vitus club, with its black walls and dead roses, is one of the most famous venues for metal, rock, and other heavy music.