New York City has five different regions which are home to various neighborhoods. Many of the neighborhoods have the same name of the region. Until the year 1898 there was only one region and not different neighborhoods, longtime Manhattan district was the only capital that existed. The existence of different neighborhoods in New York is due to immigration of different races, ethnic groups and colonies of different countries, an example of this phenomenon is the Chinatown Chinese are immigrants who arrived in entire families.|
There are also neighborhoods that are named according to the characteristics of their shops or businesses they own. That's Financial District as the neighborhood which houses many major banks and companies that work with the stock market. The following explains that highlight neighborhoods in the city of New York.
Staten Island is a borough of New York City situated mainly on the island of the same name; is the least inhabited of the five boroughs. Staten Island has many attractions such as Historic Richmond Town, the America’s oldest elementary school, the Staten Island Zoo and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art which houses the principal collection of Tibetan art outside Tibet itself. The Staten Island Ferry, now free of charge, connects the borough to Manhattan and is a popular tourist attraction, the six-mile beautiful route features views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York port.
The Bronx, never just “Bronx”, is located north of Manhattan Island and south of Westchester County, is the only one borough attached to the North American mainland; the other four are on islands. The Bronx is home of the renowned New York Botanical Garden, the world-famous The Bronx Zoo. The Bronx is also a blend of different ethnic groups, as an example Arthur Avenue is a Little Italy and the South Bronx is a centre of Puerto Rican culture and life.
Brooklyn, located just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, is New York City's most populous borough with 2.5 million residents. Famous people have lived in the area, including Walt Whitman, Gypsy Rose Lee, Truman Capote and Arthur Miller. A must is the Brooklyn Bridge which was finished in 1883, and was the greatest suspension bridge in the world at the time; it still is considered an architectural wonder today. Another important sight is the Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the most significant cemeteries in the United States; it is the burial ground of famous New Yorkers, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Samuel F.B. Morse, and Leonard Bernstein.
Queens, located across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, is the most populous of the five boroughs of New York City. Queens houses two of the three major New York City area airports: LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International, it is also house of the New York Mets, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios, as well as USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center where the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament is played every year. Queens has become a top cultural destination; a number of cultural centres are located here, including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens Museum of Art, Voelker Orth Museum, Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Museum, Museum for African Art, Museum of the Moving Image, New York Hall of Science and the Socrates Sculpture Park.
Chelsea is a historic neighbourhood located to the south of Hell's Kitchen and the Garment District, between 34th Street and Greenwich Village on the West Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan, it’s famous for its thriving cultural scene; Chelsea is home to the Dia Center for the Arts, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Joyce Theatre, many art galleries, jazz clubs, and off-Broadway theatres. Chelsea is home to New York's most modern sports complex, Chelsea Piers is a huge sports complex and shopping area which houses an ice skating rink, golf club, bowling alley, and the city's best indoor rock-climbing wall. One of its most important attractions is the Historic Hotel Chelsea; which was residence of Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski, Stanley Kubrick and Bob Dylan among other musicians, writers and artists. Chelsea is also known as a large gay community home.
Greenwich Village located west from Lafayette Street and north to 14th Street in Manhattan, is a charming district of New York; known for its Bohemian lifestyle, you'll find off-Broadway shows, coffee shops, street sellers, jazz clubs, restaurants and bars. Often simply called as the Village, it was the place of birth of the Beat Movement during the 1950s. The Village has been home to notable writers and artists including Allen Ginsberg, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Eugene O'Neill, and Jackson Pollock among others. Greenwich Village is home to New York University, an important sight is the Washington Square Park that attracts street performers, NYU students, dog lovers, tourists and contemplative chess players.
SoHo, meaning South of Houston, is the area south of Houston and north of Canal Street on the west side of New York City borough of Manhattan. Once home to manufacturing spaces and warehouse buildings, now is one of the trendiest places in New York; it is home to hundreds of art galleries, museums, pricey boutiques, designer shops, night clubs, bars and restaurants. Interesting sights include the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, the Museum of African Art, the New York City Fire Museum and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.
Chinatown is one of the most well-known neighbourhoods in Manhattan, is the second largest Chinatown in the United States and home of one of the largest Asian community in North America. Walking its streets you will find traditional Chinese herbal-medicine shops, acupuncturists, fruit and fish markets, pagoda-style buildings, shops of knick-knacks and sweets, unique galleries and curio shops selling almost everything, including authentic rice bowls, tea services, and chopsticks. Chinatown offers visitors hundred of Chinese restaurants, most of them can be found near Mott Street. You can find every conceivable type of Chinese cuisine including Cantonese, Hunan, Mandarin and Szechuan. It's worth visiting the Eastern States Buddhist Temple on Mott Street, which has a collection of over 100 Buddhas.
The Financial District, also known as Downtown, is a neighbourhood at the southern tip of Manhattan. The Financial District comprises the headquarters of numerous of the city's major financial institutions; its heart is often considered to be the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street. The Financial District is also a great place to visit, with a large number of tourist attractions including Wall Street, the New York City Police Museum, the Museum of American Finance, the Sports Museum of America, South Street Seaport, the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, the historic Trinity Church and the Woolworth Building. Close to the US Customs House there is a Bronze Statue of Bull; legend holds that if you rub the statue, you will have excellent economic luck. From Battery Park you can get a ferryboat to the Statue of Liberty.
Harlem, located in northern Manhattan, is the epicentre of African-American culture in New York and a significant business centre. The most important attractions in Harlem include the Museo del Barrio (a museum focused on Latin American Art), the New York's oldest Black Church Abyssinian Baptist, the famous Apollo Theatre and the St. Nicholas Historical District.