Rooted in the history of Jewish Easter European, Italian, and Irish immigrants who settled in overcrowded tenements at the turn of the century, today’s Lower East Side (L.E.S.) is NYC’s creative epicenter, brimming with classic and contemporary boutiques, culinary triumphs, and an unparalleled nightlife. Characterized by low-rise tenements below Houston and above Canal Streets and spanning from the East River to the Bowery, the L.E.S. showcases its history with the fresh, independent artists, musicians and designers who mingle with century-old small businesses.More
As Broadway bisected Manhattan north and west, a series of squares developed, creating some of the city’s loveliest small parks. Union Square, Madison Square and Gramercy Park form a collar around south Midtown leading to downtown. The Flatiron Building, one of Manhattan’s earliest skyscrapers and much loved by generations of photographers, points north at the tip of Madison Square Park. It was once the end of “Ladies Mile,” the city’s fashionable shopping district along Broadway and Sixth Avenue. This area in Chelsea has been rejuvenated and is once again in vogue, not only for its stores and restaurants, but for the art galleries on its western edge.
New Yorkers get their homegrown produce at the weekly Green Market at Union Square. As the gateway to downtown, Union Square has a history of joining uptown and downtown in spirit and in commerce. The lively square is often the site of demonstrations, markets and festivals that bring New Yorkers together.
Midtown & Times Square Neighborhood spotlight
Times Square, the heart of the Theater District, is an extended intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. On the streets that cross Broadway more than 40 theaters, from the old to the new are displaying their extravagant productions that makes this experience a must-see and do in New York. Once a neglected and squalid neighborhood, 42nd Street and Broadway is now clean, safe and tourist-friendly. Visitors hoping for bargains on same-day theater tickets will eventually make their way to the famed TKTS ticket board, where the day’s discounted offerings are posted.
The gateway to the Upper West Side is Columbus Circle, where Broadway meets 59th Street, 8th Avenue, Central Park South and Central Park West to form a rare rotary in a rectangular city. A statue of Christopher Columbus is positioned in the center between Central Park and the Time Warner Center. The Time Warner complex houses some of the most exquisite shops and restaurants as well as luxury apartments, a hotel and Jazz at Lincoln Center.