So you are moving to Manhattan! NYC moving is like nothing else, so before you make the move, you probably want to know something about your new home. This page is to introduce you to the island of Manhattan, so you’ll know what you have to look forward to, and can start planning now for what lies ahead.
Manhattan – its Location and Neighborhoods
Manhattan has quite a few neighborhoods, so we’ll mention just the main ones you need to know, starting with Uptown. Whenever anyone mentions Upper Manhattan, they are referring to anywhere above 96th Street. Inwood is above Dyckman Street and Washington Heights is between Dyckman and West 155th. Other uptown neighborhoods are Harlem, home of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, located on either side of Central Park, and Washington Heights, which might feel like the suburbs but is still located in the big city.
Midtown Manhattan is from 34th Street to 59th Street. There’s Columbus Circle on West 59th and 8th Avenue, right next to the big convention hall, and Rockefeller Center between West 49th and 51st Streets, from 5th to 6th Avenues, where the famous dancers, the Rockettes, still make their home. The Theatre District, home of Broadway, is from West 42nd Street to 53rd Street, between 6th and 8th Avenues and Times Square is from West 39th Street to 52nd Street, between 7th and 9th Avenues.
Chelsea, from West 14th to 34th Street, is great for shopping, and Gramercy Park from East 14th to 23rd is home to some lovely old-world architecture. Union Square, from East 14th to 17th Street, has a park with a farmer’s market several times a week, and for some extreme local color, visit the Meatpacking District over by the West River. Heading downtown, there’s the Bowery, Greenwich Village, east and west, Little Italy, Chinatown, SOHO with its European charm and Tribeca, with its annual film festival.
Important Places in Manhattan
There’s so much to do and to see in Manhattan it will make your head spin. For museum lovers there’s the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, not to mention the Museum of the American Indian downtown. The Empire State Building has a viewing deck and the New York Skyride is a virtual helicopter ride. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the worlds’ largest cathedral, often hosting incredible musical events. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is where you can commemorate the events of 9/11 on-site. And for nature lovers, there’s Central Park, which has its own lake – and its own zoo!
Popular Living Areas in Manhattan
According to a survey published in New York Magazine, some areas of Manhattan are more desirable than others to live in. Ranked according to factors such as housing cost, proximity to transportation, shopping and services, safety, restaurants, schools and more, the following neighborhoods came up in the top 10:
- The Lower East Side. Located between Canal Street and Houston Street (north to south) and from the East River to Bowery (east to west), this area boasts some of the best nightlife in New York, with fantastic restaurants and shopping – not chains, but excellent boutique experiences. Diverse in population, the rent is also reasonable for Manhattan, with a 2 bedroom averaging $2,300 per month.
- Murray Hill. Located between 34th and 40th Streets and from the East River to Madison Avenue, the apartments here can be as much as $1,000 a month cheaper than nearby neighborhoods. With a reputation for being slightly ‘square’ this neighborhood doesn’t have the hype that other places in Manhattan do, but the schools rate well, there’s great ethnic food to be had, and once the new subway on second avenue is finished, getting to other places on the Island will be a snap.
- The East Village. Located between Houston St. and 14th St (north to south) and between the East River and Fourth Ave. (East to West), this neighborhood offers a seemingly endless buffet of restaurants, nightlife, boutique stores and creative energy. And with NYU located throughout the neighborhood, there’s a great youthful vibrant feeling always around.
Amazon Relocation Services in Manhattan
You’ll undoubtedly be looking for moving companies in Manhattan, and Amazon Relocation would like to be there for you, helping to make your relocation to Manhattan the smooth and hassle-free experience it should be. Professional Manhattan movers, we will be there with you every step of the way, helping you to plan and strategize your move and to answer every question you have – and even those you haven’t thought of. Our New York moving services can help you pack in the right way so that each of your precious belongings makes it through surely and safely, and for our movers Manhattan is like home. If you are looking for storage NYC can be a tough place to navigate. As New York movers, we offer storage if needed, between moving out of your old location and into your new one, and stay on the job until the very last item is placed in its new home. With Amazon Relocation, trusted, tried and registered with AMSA, the American Moving and Storage Association, you can rest easy knowing your belongings are in the best possible hands. So do check out the moving and storage companies available, and make sure you talk to us and let us in more detail show you what we can do for you and your move.