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5 Boroughs of NYC

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5 Boroughs of NYC

Published Oct 23, 2016
Updated Feb 6, 2017

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in New York City is that it’s really more like many cities in one. The five boroughs of NYC are perhaps the most noticeable of these divisions and include the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Here is a brief description of each area, along with some links to more information. Happy traveling!

The Bronx
Known worldwide as the home of the New York Yankees, the Bronx is also where you will find the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Located north of Manhattan and northwest of Queens, The Bronx is also recognized as the place where hip hop music was born and the South Bronx is home to a number of amazing art deco architectural marvels. While here, be sure to check out the charming maritime village of City Island and venture to New York’s other Little Italy, found in the restaurants and cafes of Arthur Avenue. Where to Dine: NYY Steak in Yankee Stadium.

Brimming with attractions that are sure to please any type of traveler, Brooklyn is situated southwest of Queens and southeast of Manhattan. It is home to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Zoo and Coney Island, as well as the Williamsburg neighborhood, which is known for its cutting edge style, music scene and vintage shops. For sports fans, there is pro hockey and basketball at Barclay’s Center, while Prospect Park and Park Slope are ideal for families traveling with kids. Of course, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or along the scenic promenade at Brooklyn Heights are always excellent (and FREE!) options for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Where to Dine: Over the Eight public house. Where to Stay: Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg; William Vale Hotel.

Often the first place that comes to mind when people think of “New York City,” Manhattan is home to some of the city’s largest attractions and best restaurants, hotels and shopping destinations. Be sure to visit Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the High Line and One World Observatory, to name only a few of the options. Manhattan is also home to a number of world-class museums, restaurants and concert halls, as well as Times Square and Broadway, but there is also so much more to do than what first meets the eye. The borough’s many neighborhoods include Hell’s Kitchen, Lower Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, Midtown and The East Village. What to Do: Sail to the Statue of Liberty with Statue Cruises; Attend a show in the Theater District; take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour. Where to Stay: Casablanca Hotel; Hilton Times Square; Hotel Edison; Langham Place; Hotel Plaza Athenee; Where to Dine: Lincoln Ristorante; Tavern on the Green; Inside Park at St. Barts. Where to Drink: Beacon Bar; AVA Lounge. Where to Shop: Bloomingdale’s; Versani; Cellini Jewelers.

Home to a wide variety of art venues, international cuisine, beautiful parks and world-class sporting events, Queens is one of the most diverse parts of New York. Check out inventive art at the Museum of Modern Art PS1, indulge in the delicious Greek cuisine of the Astoria neighborhood or try the authentic Chinese food in Flushing. Sports fans can watch the New York Mets play baseball at Citi Field, right next to a venue where the U.S. Open hosts the world’s best tennis players. The Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City and the Queens Botanical Garden are two more don’t miss destinations in this historic seaside borough, which is also home to The Queens Theatre and the Queens Museum of Art.

Staten Island
No visitor to New York City should pass up a trip to Staten Island, which is renowned for its many museums, historic landmarks, beaches and green spaces, which includes the Staten Island Greenbelt, the largest forest preserve in NYC. It’s fun to reach New York’s southernmost borough via the Staten Island Ferry, which has become an attraction in its own right and departs from Whitehall St. in Lower Manhattan. Historic Richmond Town offers up a glimpse of the area’s colonial past, while the Sung Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden features exhibits that pay tribute to Staten Island’s local maritime heritage.

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