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Elmhurst, Queens

By Liam Cusack

One of the most beloved New York characters in sitcom TV, Carroll O’Connor, the actor that played the cantankerous Archie Bunker, grew up in this section of Queens that came to signify a quintessential middle income, working class neighborhood. By way of contrast, Elmhurst, in western Queens, a mix of older multifamily homes and co-op and condo apartment buildings, was also the childhood home of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, actress Patty Duke, standup comedian Don Rickles and William Casey, the former director of the CIA. Read More

It Takes a Village

By Alexander Gelfand

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Jackson Heights, Queens

By Debra A. Estock

Jackson Heights, Queens is home to residents from more than 70 countries speaking more than 40 languages. A truly international community, it is a community in every sense of the word. It’s not unusual to see a Peruvian shop owner dining side-by-side with a Long Island-born accountant in a Taiwanese restaurant, or a Bangladeshi shopper perusing crates of fruit imported from South America. This diversity is part of what attracts residents to Jackson Heights—and more importantly, it’s a part of what keeps them there. Read More

Washington Heights

By Enjolie Esteve

Manhattan dwellers desperate for a break from the constant buzzing of frenetic energy that surrounds the city—or just a little bit of elbow room—often look to Northern Manhattan as an escape from it all. Read More

Uptown in Inwood

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 While it remains under the radar, Inwood is a hidden gem that continues to  attract an increasing number of musicians, actors, artists and young  professionals in search of affordable housing and a vibe of being away from New  York City without leaving it. Read More

Long Island City

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 When you think of Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, fashionista Carrie Bradshaw,  perpetual food-stained clothes wearer Liz Lemon, neurotic, scatterbrained  Hannah Horvath and socialite Serena van der Woodsen, Long Island City might not  spring to mind, but it should because all of the hit television shows by the  aforementioned actors and actresses, and (not to mention tons of feature films)  were all filmed In New York City’s largest film and television production facility, Silvercup Studios, in Long  Island City. Read More

Rye, New York: a Slice of Heaven

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 This bucolic Westchester County community is home to the popular amusement park  Playland and its famous wooden roller coaster, the Dragon Coaster (remember  when Glenn Close and Ellen Latzen took a ride on this roller coaster in the  1987 thriller Fatal Attraction?). You’ll also find Rye Town Park; a stunning refuge nestled on a sixty-two acre  preserve on Long Island Sound that features gently rolling hills, an expansive  beachfront with a 34-acre swimming area, a naturalized duck pond and park paths  illuminated by old fashion street lights. Read More

Brighton Beach Memoirs

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 You’ll find knishes, borscht, blinis, loads of shops, bakeries, fruits and  vegetables, black market caviar and of course, vodka, along Brighton Beach  Avenue, the neighborhood’s main artery that caters to a thriving Russian community. Day trippers from the  five boroughs also make the trek (especially during the summer months) to this  Brooklyn neighborhood along the Atlantic Ocean and nearby Coney Island’s amusement park. Read More

New York's Upper East Side

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 When the well-heeled downtown set lost their power due to the effects of  Hurricane Sandy, they didn’t load up on candles, batteries and canned goods; instead, they ditched their  West Village brownstones and Soho lofts and headed to the Upper East Side. The  stylishly displaced, crowd rode out the storm in many of the neighborhood’s luxury hotels like The Carlyle or the Plaza Athene, The Pierre and Bentley  Hotel and dined out in many of the area’s four-star restaurants like Caravaggio and Daniel. Read More

Still Trendy in Tribeca

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 With its top-of-the-line schools, numerous transportation options, waterfront  access, airy loft apartments, chic boutiques, and abundance of fine  restaurants, plus a tranquil atmosphere and almost negligible crime levels,  Tribeca is easily one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods. Read More

DUMBO

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 With its oversized live/work loft spaces, picturesque water views, cheap rent,  cobblestone streets, and five-minute subway ride to Lower Manhattan, DUMBO—shorthand for 'Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,' and not to be confused  with RAMBO, or 'Right after the Manhattan Bridge Overpass'—was a hub for starving artists in the 1970s, but these days the A.I.R [artist in  residence] signs that were once posted on most of the converted warehouse  buildings are long gone. Read More

Woodside, Queens

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Long known as a working class, Irish enclave tucked under the No. 7 subway line  in the western portion of Queens, Woodside is a neighborhood with a  multicultural flavor, affordable housing and an extremely convenient location. Read More

Rockville Centre, New York

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 This vibrant Long Island community boasts several parks with first-rate  amenities, recreation centers and a thriving business district overflowing with  shops, art galleries and restaurants. In fact, there are over 150 acres of  parks, ball fields and playgrounds, and a municipal government which provides  the most comprehensive range of services found anywhere on Long Island. Read More

Valley Stream, New York

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Valley Stream is known for being a big village with a small town feel. With a population of nearly 38,000, Valley Stream is one of the largest villages  in the state of New York. The incorporated village is located inside the  southwest part of the town of Hempstead, along the border of Queens Read More

The Heights of Brooklyn Heights

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Perched on the East River waterfront and offering up stunning views of the  Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn  Heights is the borough’s most expensive neighborhood and attracts tourists by the busload. Read More

The Hamptons

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 The storied seaside resort is chock full of celebrities, socialites and  billionaires summering in eye-popping estates, and there’s also the communal seaplanes, hipster charities, polo matches and luxury  boutiques, but you’ll also find the share house crowd (up to 40, twenty-something Manhattanites  crammed into a single beach house, summer rental), year-round fishermen, a  community of dedicated farmers and a historically African-American beach  colony. Believe it or not, the Hamptons draws an extremely diverse crowd. Read More

Multi-Cultural Williamsburg

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Williamsburg suffers from multiple personality disorder. Just one subway stop  away from Manhattan in the Brooklyn neighborhood, you’ll find a large Hasidic Jewish community, a glut of ethnic enclaves, including  Polish, Puerto-Rican, Dominican and Italian, a working-class neighborhood, and  a hipster theme park (hipster: by definition, is one who possesses tastes,  social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool, by cool people). Read More

New York's Upper West Side

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 With its plethora of major cultural and educational institutions like Lincoln  Center, the Museum of Natural History, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine,  Grant’s Tomb, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, it’s easy to forget that the Upper West Side of Manhattan is primarily a  residential neighborhood. Block after block, you’ll find stately prewar architecture, opulent co-ops and condos and classic four  and five story residences sandwiched between lavish parks, luxury hotels,  sophisticated boutiques and haute cuisine restaurants.   Read More

A New Harlem

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Today’s Harlem has a celebrity chef whipping up gourmet cornbread for President Barack  Obama, a new Starwood Hotel featuring loft-style rooms geared toward an urban  tech-savvy clientele, a newly opened 174,000-square-foot Target big-box store  that carries everything from Spanish-language greeting cards to multicultural  dolls to locally-produced Southern food. There’s even an intimate speakeasy tucked away on Frederick Douglass Boulevard  offering up live jazz from up and coming local musicians and staffed with  aspiring models serving up couture cocktails. Read More

Changing SoHo

By Christy Smith-Sloman

 Today’s SoHo is synonymous with world class dining, prestigious art galleries, chic  clothing stores, luxury boutique hotels, trendy lounges, picturesque cobble  stone streets and stunning cast iron architecture. Read More

White Plains

By Maggie Puniewska

 Thirty minutes outside of Manhattan, the city of White Plains has grown from a  historic colonial village to a thriving retail and cultural hub, offering a  more placid but not at all mundane environment for both its citizens, visitors,  and the frazzled New Yorker, looking for a quick weekend escape. Read More

Murray Hill

By Liam Cusack

 If we gave Manhattan neighborhoods human personalities, the meatpacking district may be the hip,  in-the-know popular cousin and Central Park South would be the conservative  Wall Street banker uncle, it would stand to reason that Murray Hill is our dear  old grandma, very quiet but endearing; you wouldn't want to spend Friday night  with her but she has frequently offers gems of wisdom and history. Read More

Long Beach

By Liam Cusack

 Imagine a quiet oceanfront community with powdery, white sand beaches, wonderful  restaurants, a thriving cultural scene, and all of this less than an hour away  from Midtown New York City. Look no further than Long Beach.   Read More

Change in Chelsea

By Debra A. Estock

 For years, Chelsea was a highly industrial fringe neighborhood, a commercial  center on the west side of Manhattan filled with stables, railyards and  rowhouses, but today it’s a popular place for restaurants, nightclubs, retail shopping and avant-garde  art, fashion and furnishings.   Read More

Kew Gardens, Queens

By David Chiu

 Kew Gardens in Queens seems to be just another urban neighborhood when you  emerge from the Union Turnpike subway station. For instance, there is the long stretch of Queens Boulevard that is always busy  with traffic. Lining the boulevard are Queens Borough Hall, where the office of  the borough president is located, and the Queens Criminal Court building. Near  the subway station, home of the E and F lines, are shops and large buildings. Read More

The Heart of Queens

By Lisa Iannucci

 Linda Cunegin is extremely proud of the fact that she has lived and worked in  South Jamaica, Queens since 1957—and she's planning to stick around. She is owner of Tri-County Home Nursing  Services Inc., a company started by her mother in 1981, which services and  hires employees and clients in three counties, including Queens. Cunegin says  that over the years Jamaica has become a melting pot of ethnicities and a major  cultural and entertainment center. Read More

A Look at Babylon, Long Island

By Keith Loria

 Nestled by the water on the south end of Babylon, a town in Suffolk County, is  the Village of Babylon, a two-square mile incorporated entity that is home to a  little over 12,000 residents. Babylon Village isn’t very large, but it is home to some of Long Island’s most popular places to be—as well as a thriving condo market. Read More

Affluence Personified

By Keith Loria

 For people interested in historic architecture and a family-friendly atmosphere,  the neighborhood commonly called Carnegie Hill is one of the most desired  locales in Manhattan. Read More

A River Runs Through It

By Annette Hall

 When people think of the Bronx, most probably picture an urban landscape of  tenements and commercial buildings surrounded by acres of concrete and asphalt—the image of a leafy suburban enclave is perhaps not the first thing that comes  to mind. That's one of the things that makes the neighborhood known as  Riverdale so special. Read More

Members Only

By Hannah Fons

 New York City takes understandable pride in the many beautiful parks studding  the concrete rigidity of its urban grid. This makes it somewhat ironic that one  of the loveliest of these green spaces is locked up—accessible only to those lucky enough to live in a building facing onto it.  Gramercy is the name both of the park itself and the neighborhood immediately  surrounding it, and its beauty and exclusivity have delighted and frustrated  New Yorkers for over a century. Read More

Multicultural Patchwork

By Brendan Flaherty

 Astoria Boulevard is the second-to-last stop on the N-W subway line. The N train  whistles against the track on a banking turn near 39th Avenue, five subway  stops south of Astoria Boulevard. There’s a sign posted inside the train explaining that “falling leaves when crushed by moving trains” make for slippery travels, and as a result, “trains may operate at reduced speeds and/or operate slower than normal.” Despite the redundancy, the ride from Times Square is still under 30 minutes.  At night, on the elevated platform, the lights of Manhattan blink quietly  across the East River, and the city’s closeness is clear.   Read More

Long Island CIty Comes Into its Own

By Anthony Stoeckert

 There was a time when Long Island City’s waterfront area wasn’t exactly a hot residential neighborhood. With its looming industrial buildings  with a few small residential buildings thrown together near the East River, the  area was more On the Waterfront than Sex and the City.   Read More

Skid Row to Luxury Gold?

By Brendan Flaherty

Examining a few pounds of freeze-dried goji berries in the Bowery neighborhood’s Whole Foods market, it is easy to forget that you might be standing in the exact spot where the Bowery Boys, clad terrifyingly in stovepipe hats and flared trousers, clashed with rival gang, the Dead Rabbits. You snag a smidgeon of organic goat cheese and stroll up the Bowery, completely unaware that in a different time you might have been stepping over Bowery bums stumbling out of McGurk’s Suicide Hall. And passing the New Museum of Contemporary Art with a parasol slung over your shoulder, you can scarcely hear the piercing electric echoes of CBGB, a launching pad for American punk rock and bands like the Ramones, Blondie, and the Talking Heads. Read More

Living the Loft Life

By Rob Seitz

If only I had had an extra $100,000 25 years ago. (OK—an extra $100,000, today would be good too.) But that’s what I kept thinking as I sat chatting with Oliver Allen, a retired journalist and author who is now a regular contributor to his neighborhood’s monthly community newspaper, The Tribeca Triband its “unofficial” historian, in the to-die-for loft that he has shared with his wife Deborah since 1983. That’s the year the two of them pulled out of suburban Pelham, New York and never looked back. Read More

More Thans Just Glitz, Glamour & Crystal Balls

By Brendan Flaherty

The heart of New York City is Times Square. Named for the good times you have when you are…in it,” says Michael Scott in the NBC comedy, The Office. He then heads into Sbarro for a ‘real’ New York slice. Read More

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