New York City has made up of dozens of neighbourhoods, all located in the 5 main boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world every year. It’s easy to get lost wandering the streets of the Big Apple while gaping at skyscrapers, so knowing a little about what to expect when you get here will be a big help.

    Each of the 5 main boroughs has its own history and unique identity. Whether you’re looking for 5-star steakhouses and famous landmarks or want to try some amazing bagels and explore historic theatres, there’s plenty to do in each of the boroughs of New York.

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    Manhattan

    The centre of all the action in New York City

    Manhattan is the main borough of New York City. Located in the city centre, this is where you can find skyscrapers, iconic landmarks, and many iconic restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a fast-paced experience, make sure to spend a few nights in this exciting borough.

    Manhattan has dozens of neighbourhoods, but Midtown puts you in the middle of everything. While staying there, take a stroll along 5th Avenue to check out the beautiful window displays and make your way to Central Park. If you’re looking for a quieter stay, head to the ritzy Upper East Side, where you can explore the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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    Brooklyn

    The sophisticated and artistic area in New York City

    Brooklyn is a New York City borough for young creatives and affluent artistic families. It's just west of Manhattan, across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. If you like to explore the city's cultural hub and wander through boutique stores, trendy coffee shops, and vast parks, look no further than Brooklyn.

    One of the most popular neighbourhoods in which to stay in Brooklyn is Williamsburg, which has a thriving music and arts scene and some of the city’s best restaurants. For a more sophisticated and unique stay, head to Park Slope, which sits just northwest of Prospect Park. Also known as Prospect Heights, Park Slope is a residential neighbourhood with many brownstone buildings and picturesque streets.

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    Queens

    The multi-cultural hub in New York City

    Queens, just east of Manhattan, is known as the most diverse of all boroughs in New York City. Home to a multiethnic community, the variety of restaurants, bars, and even street art is incredible.

    If you’re looking for a quick commute to Midtown without the price of a Midtown hotel, look no further than Queens neighbourhood Astoria, which is just east of Midtown. With plenty of popular eateries, architecturally interesting boutique hotels, and easy access to main subway lines, Astoria is a great place to stay. If you love spending time outside, make sure to check out the Socrates Sculpture Park just along the East River in northern Astoria.

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    The Bronx

    The birthplace of hip-hop in New York

    The Bronx is widely known as the soul of New York City, even though every neighbourhood in the Big Apple is brimming with history and culture. Located north of Manhattan, this borough is home to the NY Yankees and the birthplace of hip-hop. It is home to iconic landmarks like the Bronx Zoo, and the Bronx Botanical Garden, drawing many first-time visitors to New York.

    As New York City's northernmost borough, The Bronx has many affordable hotel options. Transport options like the subway, buses, and taxis can easily take you to other parts of the city. Check out Fordham if you’re looking to stay in a local neighbourhood or head to Riverdale for a more upscale experience. 

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    Staten Island

    The suburban gem in New York City

    Staten Island is the southernmost New York City borough, only accessible from Manhattan by taking a quick ride aboard the Staten Island Ferry. If you’re looking to spend most of your time visiting lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, or Ellis Island, Staten Island is an awesome place to stay.

    If you’re looking to get to the ferry, you’ll want to find a place to stay that’s close by the port because there is no subway on the Island. A great neighbourhood to check out is charming St. George, which has stunning views of lower Manhattan and a beautiful waterfront park.

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    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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