That’s why I’ve put together the most comprehensive post I’ve ever written.
It’s a local’s guide to Manhattan that includes 150 of our favorite tourist hotspots and tips, off-the-beaten path attractions, places to play in the sun, unusual experiences, restaurants you’ve probably never heard of, and bars that will keep you up all night.
While it’s impossible to include everything (trust me – editing this down was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do), just visiting a few of these places will show you a true slice of everyday life in New York City. If we want to go vintage shopping, we head to the East Village.
Greenwich Village – a big college student area with its proximity to NYU.
The area gave birth to musicians and artists such as Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac and some of the bars that they frequented still exist though the landscape of the neighborhood has changed drastically.
Plenty of bars and restaurants dot this area and it has a busy nighttime scene.
Hell’s Kitchen – mainly known for their Restaurant Row (and for its Irish mafia history).
This is a great base for exploring Wall Street, visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, biking along the river in Battery Park, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and seeing the site of the World Trade Center.
Meatpacking District – an upscale and trendy area ripe with stylish lounges, swanky nightclubs, and designer stores.
John Ferris, an Englishman who was one of the five patentees of Westchester township in 1667, reserves the burial ground by his last will in 1715: “Provided always there shall be a rod square free for all friends and friendly people to bury their dead in the place where they formerly buried without any let, hindrance, or molestation whatsoever.” Benjamin Ferris likewise reserves the family cemetery in his 1777 will, excluding “a place four rods square, where the burying place is” from the Westchester lands to be sold by his executors.
century) and two family vaults—the James Ferris family vault on the north side of the graveyard and that used by the Benjamin Ferris line on the east side.
The site became overgrown, gravemarkers were destroyed or taken by vandals, and even the fencing was stolen.
In 1928, vandals broke into the Benjamin Ferris vault, cut open the lead caskets and desecrated the remains; subsequently, the bodies of 15 family members were removed and reinterred at Kensico Cemetery in Westchester, leaving about 16 bodies and gravestones in the Ferris burial ground.
Gramercy/Flatiron – Two of the most architecturally beautiful neighborhoods.