The neighborhoods in New York City are constantly changing. Areas that were hot a few years ago are lukewarm today while other sections of the city remain highly desirable. Here are five locations in the NYC metropolitan area that are quite popular right now.
With a mix of townhouses and brownstones, people new to this iconic and rapidly evolving neighborhood gets to enjoy a plethora of public amenities. Highline Park is a short walk away, with a great view overlooking the Hudson River. Luxury buildings now border the Highline, making it a public gallery for grand architecture. The elevated park along with neighboring buildings such as the Chelsea Market make it a magnet for tourists and NYC natives looking to enjoy food and views. The Highline is right by the renowned Whitney Museum where people can admire exhibitions form artists dating from the twentieth to twenty-first centuries. Chelsea is the compact art center of NYC, harboring over 200 art galleries in a single neighborhood.
Kent Avenue (Williamsburg), Brooklyn
If you cannot fathom the congested bustle of tourists and New Yorkers, Kent Avenue is a tamed version of Chelsea without the human and vehicle traffic. Like Chelsea, a lot of new housing units overlook the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the entire Manhattan skyline. The area is peaceful and perfect for gym enthusiasts and joggers looking to utilize Kent Avenue’s distance. There is a mix of condos, apartments and converted factories form the 19th century. Dwellers also get to enjoy the river breeze at Domino Park or at the New York East River State Park. Nightlife is a short walk towards Marcy and Bedford Avenues, a hub full of quirky bars and a hodgepodge of multi-cultural restaurants.
Long Island City (LIC), Queens
New Yorkers usually have a stigmatized attitude towards the housing scene in Queens, but LIC is usually an exception for most. LIC used to be an extension of warehouses that would outstretch from Williamsburg and Greenpoint. In the past twenty years, LIC had significant remodeling with the addition of luxury apartments, condos, and penthouses made of glass. LIC’s convenient access to Midtown gives it additional attraction points, along with its close proximity to MoMA’s PS1 down in Jackson Avenue for art admirers. The Gantry Plaza State Park is the dash of green acres to the industrial scene and displays grand views of both the Pepsi bottling plant sign and Manhattan’s skyline.
Lenox Hill, Manhattan
Located on the Upper East Side, new and old overlap each other with elegant townhouses and apartment buildings. If Kent Avenue is too peaceful and you still crave a view for the East River, Lenox Hill is the place for you. The foot traffic consists mainly of local college students from Rockefeller University and Hunter College. The Frick Collection on 75th Street is one of NYC’s most well-manicured, curated galleries that house paintings from the greatest European artists. The nightlife package includes upscale boutiques, art galleries, and top-rated restaurants. With hotels studded around the neighborhood and Central Park a short walk away, it adds to the charm and demand.
Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City has now become the more affordable extension of NYC without the burden of costs that comes with living directly in the city. Nightlife and recreational activities are becoming more and more extensive as the traction increases. It used to be glazed over by many apartment and house hunters for its previous identity as a dingy, coastal wannabe. Now, new housing is emerging rapidly, with currently a whopping 20,000 units approved for construction and about 8,000 newly injected in the real estate market. Any house or apartment is bound to beat the price of NYC and the amount of space. The Hudson River is the only thing separating a commuter from Manhattan; Grove Street to the World Trade Center is only about ten minutes away.