RSS Feed

Neighborhoods New York Project

In June of 2014, I decided to embark on a project that was foolhardy, eccentric, cheap, and embarrassingly simple – in short, ideal.

I’d lived in New York City for about 25 years by then – but still only visited a fraction of its neighborhoods.  This isn’t unusual for New Yorkers, actually; one of the ways people cope with the size of this city is to scale it down for themselves – pick their one or two little spots as their turf and rarely venture out.  However – as they say in the film The Warriors – “that’s crap, brothers….because it’s all our turf!”

So I decided to visit each and every neighborhood in New York City – even if only briefly.  Kind of like those people who make it a life goal to have driven in each of the 50 states.

The definition of “neighborhoods” in New York is rather fluid, though. For recordkeeping’s sake, I am using a slightly-adapted version of Wikipedia’s lists of the neighborhoods in the various boroughs, as it’s as authoritative a source as any; there are some overlaps in their listings, and they list places like Rikers’ Island (which I’m not going to visit because duh), but it’s probably as good as I’m gonna get.

Here’s the list; links to my travel reports will show up as I hit each one.

MANHATTAN NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Marble Hill
  • Inwood
  • Fort George
  • Washington Heights;  Hudson Heights (part of Washington Heights)
  • West Harlem; Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Viaduct Valley
  • Morningside Heights
  • Central Harlem; Striver’s Row, Astor Row, Sugar Hill
  • Marcus Garvey Park
  • Le Petit Senegal
  • East Harlem
  • Upper East Side; Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville
  • Upper West Side; Manhattan Valley, Lincoln Square
  • Columbus Circle
  • Sutton Place
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Diamond District
  • Theater District
  •  Turtle Bay
  • Tudor City
  • Little Brazil
  • Times Square
  • Hudson Yards
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Garment District
  • Herald Square
  • Koreatown
  • Murray Hill
  • Tenderloin
  • Madison Square
  • Flower District
  • Brookdale
  • Kips Bay
  • Rose Hill
  • NoMad
  • Peter Cooper Village
  • Chelsea
  • Flatiron District
  • Gramercy Park
  • Stuyvesant Town
  • Union Square
  • Meatpacking District
  • Waterside Plaza
  • East Village; Alphabet City/Loisaida
  • Greenwich Village
  • NoHo
  • Bowery
  • West Village
  • Lower East Side
  • Soho
  • NoLiTa
  • Little Italy
  •  Chinatown
  • Two Bridges
  • TriBeCa
  • Civic Center
  • Radio Row
  • South Street Seaport
  • Battery Park City

BRONX NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Riverdale; Fieldston, Spuyten Duyvil
  • Kingsbridge; Kingsbridge Heights, Van Cortland Village
  • Norwood/Bainbridge
  • Bedford Park
  • Fordham
  • Belmont/Arthur Avenue
  • University Heights
  • Downtown/Concourse/Yankee Stadium
  • Highbridge
  • Hunts Point
  • Longwood
  • Melrose
  • Morris Heights
  • Morrisania; Crotona Park East
  • Mott Haven/Port Morris
  • The Hub
  • Tremont; Mount Eden, Mount Hope
  • Baychester
  • Bronxdale
  • Eastchester
  • Edenwald
  • Indian Village
  • Laconia
  • Olinville
  • Morris Park
  • Pelham Gardens
  • Pelham Parkway
  • Van Nest
  • West Farms
  • Wakefield
  • Williamsbridge
  • Woodlawn
  • Castle Hill
  • Clason Point; Bronx River, Harding Park, Soundview, Bruckner
  • Co-op City
  • Country Club
  • Edgewater Park
  • Parkchester
  • Pelham Bay; Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach
  • Schuylerville
  • Throggs Neck
  • Westchester Square

BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS

QUEENS NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Astoria; Astoria Heights, Ditmars, Little Egypt
  • Corona; LeFrak City, North Corona
  • East Elmhurst
  • Elmhurst
  • Forest Hills; Forest Hills Gardens
  • Fresh Pond
  • Glendale
  • Hunters Point
  • Jackson Heights
  • Long Island City; Blissville, Dutch Kills, Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Queensview, Queensview West
  • Maspeth
  • Middle Village
  • Rego Park
  • Ridgewood; Wyckoff Heights
  • Sunnyside; Sunnyside Gardens
  • Woodside
  • Auburndale
  • Bay Terrace
  • Bayside
  • Beechhurst
  • Bellerose
  • College Point
  • Douglaston
  • Flushing; Downtown Flushing, Electchester, Flushing Chinatown, Murray Hill, Queensboro Hill
  • Floral Park
  • Fresh Meadows
  • Fort Totten
  • Glen Oaks
  • Hillcrest
  • Kew Gardens Hills
  • Kew Gardens
  • Koreatown
  • Linden Hill
  • Little Neck
  • Malba
  • Oakland Gardens
  • Pomonok
  • Utopia
  • Whitestone
  • Willets Point
  • City Line, Queens
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Howard Beach; Old Howard Beach, Howard Park, Ramblersville, Lindenwood, Rockwood Park
  • Ozone Park
  • Tudor Village
  • Richmond Hill
  • South Ozone Park
  • Woodhaven
  • Bellaire
  • Briarwood
  • Cambria Heights
  • Hollis; Hollis Hills, Holliswood
  • Jamaica; Jamaica Center, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills
  • Laurelton
  • Meadowmere
  • Queens Village
  • Rochdale
  • Rosedale
  • Saint Albans
  • South Jamaica
  • Springfield Gardens
  • Warnerville
  • The Rockaways; Arverne, Bayswater, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Neponsit, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, Seaside

STATEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Annadale
  • Arden Heights
  • Arlington
  • Arrochar
  • Bay Terrace
  • Bloomfield
  • Brighton Heights
  • Bulls Head
  • Castleton; Castleton Corners
  • Charleston
  • Chelsea
  • Clifton
  • Concord
  • Dongan Hills
  • Egbertville
  • Elm Park
  • Eltingville
  • Emerson Hill
  • Fort Wadsworth
  • Graniteville
  • Grant City
  • Grasmere
  • Great Kills
  • Greenridge
  • Grymes Hill
  • Hamilton Park
  • Heartland Village
  • Huguenot
  • Lighthouse Hill
  • Livingston
  • Manor Heights
  • Mariners Harbor
  • Meiers Corners
  • Midland Beach
  • New Brighton
  • New Dorp
  • New Springville
  • Oakwood
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Old Place
  • Old Town
  • Pleasant Plains
  • Port Richmond
  • Prince’s Bay
  • Randall Manor
  • Richmond Valley
  • Richmondtown
  • Rosebank
  • Rossville
  • Sandy Ground
  • Shore Acres
  • Silver Lake
  • South Beach
  • St. George
  • Stapleton; Stapleton Heights
  • Sunnyside
  • Todt Hill
  • Tompkinsville
  • Tottenville; Tottenville Beach
  • Travis
  • Ward Hill
  • Westerleigh
  • West New Brighton
  • Willowbrook
  • Woodrow

ISLANDS

  •  Ellis Island
  • Liberty Island
  • Governors Island
  • Roosevelt Island
  • Randalls and Wards Island
  • City Island

NOT YET

(The Neighborhoods I Can’t Visit Yet – But Could Someday)

  • South Brother Island – There are plans afoot to turn this privately-owned island into a city park.
  • The Pelham Islands – Hart Island: Currently this is New York’s Potter’s Field, and access is only granted to those who can prove they are related to someone buried here. But there is a movement afoot to turn the area into a city park, and open up access to the general public.

NOPE

(The Neighborhoods I Couldn’t/Shouldn’t Visit)

  • Cooperative Village: This is a housing development on the East River; security seems too restrictive.
  • Rikers Island: I trust the reason why I am not visiting is apparent.
  • The Pelham Islands – The Blauzes, Chimney Sweeps, Rat Island: These are inaccesible rocks in the middle of the East River. Moreover, Rat Island used to be a quarantine spot for typhoid patients.
  • The Pelham Islands – High Island: owned by a CBS radio transmitter, not open to the public.
  • North Brother Island: this is a bird sanctuary off limits to the public.

 

HOLIDAY SPECIALS

(Neighborhoods that go All Out For Holidays)

One response »

  1. Pingback: Neighborhoods New York: Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens | WadsWords

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: