Edited by Jess Wright
No matter where you are in the world, east or west, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Big Apple, and possibly even had dreams of visiting NYC. I moved to New York from New Jersey thirty years ago; after three decades of dwelling in the city that never sleeps, so who better to ask? If asked to sum up my city in a line, that’s easy, “We’ve got it all”. Know the old joke from the David Letterman show; when Mayor Julian proposed new slogans for New York? The one that won was simply; “we can kick your city’s ass”. And judging by the record number of tourists that pass through the city on an annual basis – 62.8 million at last count – it must be true! Between the five boroughs of – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island – there are places to stay in NYC that suit any and every niche travel desire; finding the one that’s right for you is just a matter of insider information. In this guide, you’ll find the most central, cheapest, trendiest, and most arty neighborhoods on the map, with everything in between. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your particular Empire City dream looks like you can be sure that there is a neighborhood here with your name on it; after all, New York has it all.