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Tipping for cabs[edit]

10-15%? As I remember, ever since I was a kid in the 70s, 15% has been a standard minimum for normal service. I find myself upping that to more like 20% nowadays, as with restaurant tips, but I would really suggest 15% and not 10%. 10% seems stingy to me, and I think that cab drivers will feel the same way.

Michael 06:58, 12 Dec 2007 (EST)

"Must Sees"[edit]

In the "see" section, the "must sees" go on way too long. There are a bunch of museums I've never been to on that list. The Alice Austen House Museum is a "must see"? A highlight? I think we can and should pare this section way down. I don't see Grant's Tomb as a must see, either. If we are keeping with the idea of a "must sees"/"highlights" list, not a near-exhaustive list of museums and galleries, I propose the following list:

Landmarks

   * Empire State Building
   * Chrysler Building
   * Rockefeller Center
   * Grand Central Terminal
   * United Nations
   * Flatiron Building
   * The Dakota (not a bad building, but a must see only for Beatles fans)
   * Brooklyn Bridge 

Museums and galleries

   * American Museum of Natural History
   * The Cloisters
   * Cooper-Hewitt (perhaps)
   * Ellis Island Museum
   * The Frick Collection (arguably)
   * Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
   * Guggenheim Museum (NOT the SoHo location, the original location)
   * International Center of Photography (good museum, though not a highlight on the order of the 

Met, by any means)

   * Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
   * Jewish Museum
   * Lower East Side Tenement Museum
   * Madame Tussaud's New York (?)
   * Metropolitan Museum of Art
   * El Museo Del Barrio (I've never liked the art I've seen there, but I understand its inclusion
in this kind of list)
   * Museum of American Financial History (never been there, but probably worth listing)
   * Museum of Jewish Heritage
   * Museum of Modern Art
   * Museum of the City of New York
   * Museum of the Moving Image (maybe)
   * Museum of Television and Radio (Again, maybe. Whether these museums are highlights depends on
an individual's interests.)   
   * National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, ☎ +1 212 514-3700, [1]. Open 10AM 

to 5PM daily, 10AM to 8PM Thursdays and closed on December 25th.

   * Pierpont Morgan Library (worthwhile, but questionable as a highlight)
   * Rose Center for Earth and Space
   * Studio Museum in Harlem (see comments on El Museo del Barrio)
   * Whitney Museum of American Art 

The inclusion of places outside of Manhattan in this list is untenable, and I will edit them out. I'd love some opinions before I edit out other names of museums. Or should we stop pretending these are highlights and call them simply a long list of museums, major, secondary, and minor? Thanks in advance for your opinions.

Michael, 6:14 AM EDT, Sept 27, 2007

Agree with everything you say Michael. There is no sense listing every museum on the Manhattan page - that's what the district pages are for. You could pare the list dropping all your 'perhaps' and 'maybes' but keeping a broad neighborhood representation (The Studio Museum in Harlem would stay for that reason). Also, note that the Guggenheim in Soho closed down a long time ago. I don't know if it is in the Soho pages but, if it is, it should be dropped! --Wandering 14:28, 27 September 2007 (EDT)
Also, any chance that you'll make a login id? I'm not sure if your url is fixed and I'd like to discuss some ideas for reorganizing the entire New York City pages with you. I think they're a mess! If you don't want to make a log-in id, perhaps we could do this on my user talk page? Let me know if you're willing. --Wandering 14:32, 27 September 2007 (EDT)

I agree with cutting back on the "must sees". I also wanted to clear something up... is the list just the names of the "must sees" because the "National Museum of the American Indian" is a see listing with see tags including the address, hours and whatnot. I didn't want to go in there and take it out without understanding the purpose of the list first. As I understand it, the list is just name highlights and that actual listings are found in the neighborhood pages. Carson 17:51, 21 May 2008 (EDT)

I agree with you, Carson, but I'd like to see if a consensus can be reached. Michael 04:00, 5 June 2008 (EDT)

Chinatown & Little Italy[edit]

I'm not New York savvy enough to know which district to slot Chinatown entries into, so can someone add this to the right district? It is an 'Eat' entry. Hypatia 09:38, 4 Sep 2004 (EDT)

  • Nyonya, 194 Grand Street. ph 212-334-3669. This Malaysian restaurant serves tasty food in generous portions, although stay away if you're on a diet forbidding salty and fatty foods! It is relatively busy, and you may have to wait ten minutes for a table even on weeknights. Appetizers $5-$7, entrees $5-$20.

From what I can tell, Nyonya has several locations in New York, including one in Brooklyn. And people should definitely try the 'roti' that they serve at Nyonya. Carrot 11:36, 10 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Where DO we put Chinatown, Little Italy and NoLita? Should they be in one or more of the existing district articles or does there need to be a new article, esp for Chinatown? I prefer to err on the side of fewer rather than more articles so I'm holding off. Nurg 02:10, 16 Jul 2005 (EDT)

I would think that chinatown chinatown deserves its own district page as it is a common destination for tourists, and provides (in my opinion) some of the best food in the city, and the places to find it are not always intuitive without a lot of trial and error. It is also home to the discount chinatown busses which ferry people to and from other east coast cities. gus 23:05, 21 Oct 2005 (EEST)

I started a page for Chinatown. Please help edit it! It's at New York (city)/Chinatown.

Michael 02:34, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Subsubdistricts[edit]

NYC is currently the only destination in Wikitravel which has subsubdistricts like New York (city)/Manhattan/Greenwich Village, which I think is unnecessarily verbose — it's not like there are other Greenwich Villages in Queens or the Bronx. I'd suggest chopping out the /Manhattan/ in the middle. Jpatokal 02:37, 19 Nov 2004 (EST)

Unless there are complaints Real Soon Now I'll do the shift. Jpatokal 21:41, 14 Dec 2004 (EST)
Third warning. Lacking objections I'll shift by the end of today. Jpatokal 21:57, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
I object, but just because I want to think about it before you do it. I think I would prefer to see something like: make New York (city) into a region; make each borough a huge city; make districts in each borough districts. --Evan 22:05, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
I've been thinking about it for 4 months, but as I no longer live in NYC it's not that high in my priority queue -- quite frankly the whole article is a disgraceful mess anyway, esp. given that it's one of the most popular entry points for Wikitravel.
Anyway, I don't think the structure you propose is warranted, Tokyo has three times the population and manages fine as an ordinary "huge city". I'll grant that New York/Manhattan can continue to live as a region page of sorts, but its districts should be just New York/Whatever. The second level adds no value. I also think that, for the tourist, the other boroughs don't contain so many places of interest that they need to be districted.

Come on, let's get some more opinions on this...! One more counterprecedent: Tokyo's huge Minato district has subdistricts like Tokyo/Odaiba and Tokyo/Shiodome, but they're not under Tokyo/Minato/*. Jpatokal 02:19, 19 Apr 2005 (EDT)

I raised this issue of subsubdistricts last October (2004) over on the main New York (city) Talk page.... Nobody replied at that stage, so assumed we'd carry on as established. That said, it does slightly bother me that New York has developed a two-stage hierarchy for articles.... Something that other mega-cities and major tourist destinations don't have - both Tokyo and London have been cited in this respect.... I appreciate Evan's arguments and it probably doesn't matter greatly anyway (as long as travellers arrive on the right article when they're looking....), but it might be best for the sake of consistency to implement a change back to a simpler hierarchy (without the intermediate borough headers in article titles) sooner rather than later.... Just my 2 cents worth..... Pjamescowie 03:05, 19 Apr 2005 (EDT)

New York (city) vs New York City[edit]

And while I'm at it, New York City should be "New York City", not the current ugly "New York (city)". Jpatokal 22:13, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)

No, it shouldn't. "New York" is the most common name for the city. New York City is not an official or even common name for the place. "New York" is also the most common name for the state; New York State is rarely used. We use disambiguators to disambiguate the two places. Also, if you're not happy about the state of this page, you may be interested to know that this site is a wiki and you (yes, you!) can edit any page. Just click the "edit" tab, change what you want, and hit "save page". There's more info on Wikitravel:how to edit a page. --Evan 22:23, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
"New York City" gets 20 million hits on Google, including New York City's official tourism website (quote: "New York City's Official Tourism Website"), the New York City government portal (quote: "Welcome to the official New York City Web site") and, yes, even Wikipedia. How much more common or official can you get? (Yes, "City of New York" is the official name, but it gets a mere 704k hits.)
FYI, this has been extensively debated on Wikipedia, so take a look over there before rehashing the same old arguments here. Jpatokal 22:51, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
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District summary info[edit]

Re the info currently under "Orientation". Should we break it up and move to beside the relevant bullet under "Districts"? Nurg 26 Apr 2005

  • Yes, I believe we should - and I've started to do so already.... Pjamescowie 05:23, 26 Apr 2005 (EDT)

"Central Business District"?[edit]

I've lived in Manhattan for most of my 40 years on this planet and have never heard of the Financial District being called the "Central Business District," and for a good reason: It's not central! It's Downtown! Central would be Midtown, I suppose, but no-one talks about the "city center" in New York. Therefore, I've changed "Central Business District" to "Financial Center." If there's some compelling reason to change it back, someone could always do so.

Michael 03:53, 14 Nov 2005 (EST)

"Eat" section[edit]

If we're keeping with the following:

"Recommended places to eat can be found under the various districts of Manhattan, located in the Districts section above."

Then there shouldn't be any restaurants listed here. Anyone who wants to list Spice in an appropriate "district" article should please do so. I've deleted the entry but reproduce it here in case anyone wants to cut and paste it somewhere:

"Spice (http://menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=0&restaurantid=674&neighborhoodid=0&cuisineid=65&home=Y) is a Thai restaurant a couple blocks below Union Square. 60 University Pl at 10th St."

Michael 04:22, 14 Nov 2005 (EST)

"Drink" section[edit]

Where is "MK Productions NYC," and why should it be included in the guide for the entire island of Manhattan, instead of text to the effect that "Recommended places to drink can be found under the various districts of Manhattan noted above"? This looks like a promotion for a party narrowly directed at Asians. I am removing the entry on suspicion of it being promotional advertising. Here it is, in case anyone in the Wikitravel community believes it's worth reinserting:

  • MK Productions NYC, Premier Asian Night Life and Club Parties in NYC sponsored by Bud Light. Weekly parties. Over 5 years running.

Michael 01:24, 6 Nov 2006 (EDT)

Parks[edit]

I just cut and pasted the entries on parks from the "New York (city)" entry to the Manhattan page, with some further editing. The problem is that I don't think that the number of park descriptions conforms to the introductory remark that "Following is a selection of the higlights / `must sees' - the remainder will be found within the articles for the various Manhattan districts and neighbourhoods." If any of you would like to remove some or all of these sections about specific parks from the Manhattan page and put them in neighborhood pages, by all means do so. I think that we would probably want to keep the most important parks here, and I'd nominate Central, Fort Tryon, Riverside, Battery, Hudson River, Washington Square, Union Square, and Bryant Park. Perhaps we should discuss which parks constitute "must sees"?

Michael 03:28, 17 Jan 2006 (EDT)

Map[edit]

I have build an initial map on request from User:Flip666. The current raster version that is displayed in the page is in jpg format as I am traveling and do not have the tools available to reduce a png to an acceptable size; will replace it with a png version in a week or so. If anyone has a lot of time on their hands and would like to add some of the missing street names to the svg version, that will definitely be appreciated. --NJR_ZA 08:41, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

"Do" Section[edit]

I'm concerned about the listing of TimeLineTouring under "Do." I'm looking at their website, and it looks legit, but is this an appropriate place to promote a $38 tour, even if it's well worth it? Would this entry be better placed in the Lower East Side article? Note that Big Apple Greeters don't charge a dime, and that the other suggestions that would cost anything are much more general than a specific commercial entry. So I'm removing the entry for now and placing it below on this page. By the way, what is "Literary New York"? I'm a New Yorker and have know idea what "Check out Literary New York" means.

  • Take TimeLineTouring.com, 1-800-979-3370 (), [1]. a comprehensive 3 hour walking living history tour through New York City's celebrated Lower East Side. .  edit

Michael 11:06, 1 Sep 2007 (UTC)

"Sleep" Section[edit]

Someone has to clean up or remove the promotional language that is suffusing the Sleep section. I don't have the energy right now, but I'm tempted to just delete the whole section and put it here temporarily. Please help. Thank you!

Michael 11:21, 1 Sep 2007 (UTC)

Second thought:

Is there any reason to list hotels on this page at all? I'm not sure. I can understand from the standpoint of a traveler, it's nice in theory to have a convenient list, but the result is to have duplication between here and the "district" pages, begging the question of what makes a hotel notable enough to be in both places and making it harder and more time-consuming to deal with the problem of hotels putting up their own entries, complete with promotional language. I think that the amount of promotional language and advertising on Wikitravel as a whole risks making this site unreliable and, therefore, pretty useless for the traveler. I propose that we delete all hotel entries from this page and either list them only on district pages, or do something else that I think would be better but more time-consuming: Create a separate page for hotels in Manhattan only, linked to from the Manhattan and district pages as appropriate, with every entry listed by price category and neighborhood. Of course there would have to be people inspired enough and with enough free time to get such a project started.

Michael 02:57, 6 Sep 2007 (UTC)

Neighborhoods/Districts[edit]

I'm moving this from the New York page and keeping it here as a placeholder for further editing in the Manhattan article (note that I don't agree with everything here, but it's good material to use):

  • Financial District Lower Manhattan below Chambers Street. Long the center of the American economy, the Financial District is full of impressive turn-of-the-century buildings and is a hive of activity during the day. The New York Stock Exchange, The World Trade Center site, and the Statue of Liberty are some of the key attractions.
  • Chinatown and Little Italy Centered around Mott Street. This is the largest immigrant enclave in the United States, and it is still growing. Restaurants and groceries from all parts of Asia, and the area still retains a authentic Hong Kong flavor though the immigrants are now from mainland China, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia. It's also a bargain center for shoppers, and haggling is de rigueur, especially on Canal Street. Mulberry Street north of Canal Street is the center of Little Italy. Though not much of Italy is left there, lunch in Chinatown followed by coffee and dessert in Little Italy is a time-honored tourist tradition!
  • Lower East Side South of Houston, East of Bowery, North of Canal. Formerly the center for Jewish life in New York, the Lower East Side fell into disrepair in the middle of the 20th century, only to be rejuvenated by the Hispanic community (visitors may hear the neighborhood referred to as 'Loisaida'). It is increasingly becoming a trendy nightspot, with hipsters living cheek-by-jowl with aging Puerto Rican immigrants. Unlikely though it may seem during the day time, at night the LES is filled with gourmands and partygoers.
  • SoHo South of Houston, West of Centre, East of West Street. The ultimate urban gentrification story, SoHo was a rundown industrial area until the 1960s, when artists began inhabiting its spacious and then-cheap lofts. After the artists came the galleries, then the celebrities, then the shoppers, and now the visitors. Filled with gorgeous cast-iron architecture (Greene Street especially), SoHo is a great shopping and dining destination, even if many of the artists have moved on.
  • Greenwich Village South of 14th, West of Broadway, North of Houston. One of New York's most famous neighborhoods (along with Harlem), Greenwich Village (also known as the West Village or just the Village) has maintained its charming bohemian character despite becoming incredibly expensive. Home to New York University and countless twenty-somethings, the Village is also popular with families. Its crooked and narrow streets are full of beautiful brownstones, great stores, and fabulous restaurants. The crooked streets are a result of the fact that the area developed before the City's grid system was instituted in the early 1800s.
  • Meatpacking District A part of the "West Village". Its boundaries run from 16 street and 8th avenue on the north-east corner (below lower Chelsea), going down to Gansevoort street which is where streets become irregular. As the name implies, this area was dominated by heavy industry, including Poultry. Located on the far northwest of the Greenwich Village, "Meatpacking" has become the neighborhood people love to hate, as it is full of trendy restaurants, upscale shopping, and suburbanites in for a good time. The former warehouses are now home to exclusive clubs and lounges that make it a magnet for celebrities. It is very expensive to live in this area, and it has somewhat of a faster pace than its neighbors, SoHo and the Village, due to the better flow of motorized traffic.
  • East Village South of 14th, East of Broadway, North of Houston. The East Village is one of the most infamous and historical neighborhoods in the world, giving birth to everything from advanced education, organized activism, and experimental theater, to the Beat generation, Folk music and Punk Rock. The East Village is now popular with college students and suburban teenagers who patron the area's hip bars and nightclubs each weekend. Despite that, it's still a great community neighborhood, with many delicious restaurants from dozens of cultures, vintage boutiques, off-beat novelty stores, and art galleries. St. Marks Place, The Bowery, and Astor Place are the most visited streets. Tompkins Square Park, formerly a homeless shantytown, is charming.
  • Gramercy/Flatiron/Union Square North of 14th, South of 34th, East of Broadway. Centered around three parks—Union Square, Gramercy, and Madison Square—this area is full of lovely little pockets. Park Avenue South has become a restaurant hotspot, while Irving Place maintains its quiet and charming atmosphere. Third Avenue is popular with the bar crowds.
  • Chelsea North of 14th, South of 34th, West of Broadway. The city's gallery scene has left SoHo for Chelsea and is now centered around 10th Avenue in the 20s. While Chelsea has gone upscale in recent years, it retains its vibrant gay scene, and boasts many great restaurants.
  • Murray Hill North of 34th, South of 42nd, East of Madison. Probably the quietest neighborhood in all of Manhattan, Murray Hill has many lovely townhouses inhabited by Midtown office types and UN diplomats. Not a whole lot happens in Murray Hill, which is just how its residents want it.
  • Midtown North of 34, East of 8th, West of Madison, South of 59th. Midtown is probably the only area of Manhattan that cannot be said to be residential. It is full of offices, theaters (Times Square is here, after all), and shopping, and the real estate is so expensive that only corporations or people with pied-a-terres can live here. That said, an increasing number of condos are popping up in the area, though it's too soon to tell how that will impact its character.
  • Hell's Kitchen North of 34th, South of 59th, West of 8th. Though real estate brokers tried to change the name of the neighborhood to 'Clinton,' New Yorkers have wisely stuck with the more appealing Hell's Kitchen. A fairly derelict area until recently, Hell's Kitchen is undergoing major gentrification, and has numerous restaurants and nightspots on 8th and 9th Avenues.
  • Upper West Side North of 59th, South of 110th, West of Central Park. Home to countless registered Democrats and baby strollers, the Upper West Side is packed with gorgeous brownstones and magnificent pre-War apartment houses. If you are a regular reader of the New York Times or have ever made a reference to Visconti in casual conversation, the Upper West Side is for you.
  • Upper East Side North of 59th, South of 96th, East of Central Park. This is the ritziest neighborhood in New York, where all of blue-blooded high society (as well as wealthy upstarts: P.Diddy lives here) calls home. The buildings are beautiful, the stores are expensive, and kids are away at Choate and Andover.
  • Manhattan Valley North of 96th, South of 110th, and bounded by Central Park on the East and Broadway on the West. Often clubbed with the Upper West Side.
  • Bloomingdale North of 96th and South of 110th, and bounded by Broadway on the East and Riverside Park on the West. The stretch between 96th and 106th had been fairly quiet until recently, when real estate brokers began pouncing on it. Often clubbed with the Upper West Side.
  • Morningside Heights North of 110th, South of 125th, West of Morningside Park. Home to Columbia University and several other schools, Morningside Heights has a distinctly shabby genteel intellectual atmosphere.
  • East Harlem/El Barrio North of 96th, South of 125th, East of 5th Avenue. A jarring contrast from the patrician Upper East Side to the south, East Harlem is a major center of Hispanic culture in New York, and is full of great Latin American restaurants. Like Harlem proper, it is increasingly becoming populated by wealthier types on the lookout for the next big real estate deal.
  • Harlem North of Central Park, East of Morningside Park, West of Fifth, South of 145th. The center of black cultural life for most of the twentieth century, Harlem is a vibrant and energetic neighborhood that has become popular with West African immigrants in recent years, resulting in a variety of good and inexpensive restaurants. The beautiful brownstones of Harlem have become popular with real estate investors.

Michael 02:29 Sept 06, 2007 (UTC)

Stay Safe[edit]

Why are Harlem and Alphabet City singled out as places not to "wander" at night? I disagree with these remarks, which I would tend to consider fear-mongering and not based on a dispassionate appraisal of current conditions. I'd suggest: "Know or at least look like you know where you're going, and keep your wits about yourself by being aware of what's happening around you on the street, where the open shops are, etc." Alphabet City is NOT dangerous nowadays, and is in fact a huge night-life destination. Harlem is a huge neighborhood (actually, more than one), and a complete listing of conditions on every side street at every time of day or night is beyond the scope of this article, but it is certainly reasonable to walk the streets of Harlem at night as long as you keep your wits about yourself. I will await replies before deciding whether to edit the Stay Safe section.

Michael 03:06 Sept 06, 2007 (UTC)

Michael, while suggesting that one avoids walking around Alphabet City at night is a joke, I think a warning for Harlem (and Washington Heights) is in order. I agree that 'avoid walking around' is extreme and a 'keep your wits' suggestion is better, but some sort of warning should be there. There are a few hostels on 126th and around Lenox and 128th and the area between the subway and the hostels is deserted at night. The area between 110th and 116th and west of Lenox is getting gentrified (Harry Houdini lived there) but, with all the construction around, is deserted at night and there are still quite a few boarded up buildings. Thanks for taking the New York pages in hand. You may want to consider creating a userid so that you have your own stamp on wikitravel!--Wandering 09:01, 6 September 2007 (EDT)

Districts Revisited[edit]

It seems to me that 19 districts in Manhattan is overkill. Agreed that these are distinct neighborhoods, and that New Yorkers consider them distinct, but, from the point of view of a tourist, it may make more sense to simplify the borough into fewer districts. My proposal is: 1. Lower Manhattan: The entire area below 14th Street. 2. Mid-town Manhattan: The area between 14th Street and 59th Street. Technically Murray Hill, Chelsea, Grammercy, etc. are not in this neighborhood but we could throw them in. Alternatively, we could break midtown into Midtown (34th to 59th); and Chelsea, Grammercy and Flatiron. 3. Upper East Side: But we'll stretch this to 110th east of Central Park. 4. Upper West Side and Morningside Heights. 5. Central Park. 6. Harlem and Upper Manhattan. This would include Spanish Harlem and the area around Marcus Garvey Park. 110th and above on the East Side and 125th and above on the West.

I think it is a mess the way it is now. Comments?--Wandering 10:09, 29 September 2007 (EDT)

Sounds like a very good idea to me. You could just make the neighborhood articles redirects and then describe the various neighborhoods in the new district articles' understand sections. --Peter Talk 13:11, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
I see the reason for doing this and have no real objection to it, although I prefer to keep Midtown as 34-59 St., for the sake of not confusing visitors. I'm also not convinced on considering the Upper East Side to go up to 110th St. Traditionally, everything above 96th St. has been considered East Harlem/Spanish Harlem. If anything, I've been wondering whether the Harlem article should be broken into "East Harlem" and "Central and West Harlem," which would go counter to your new proposal. But realistically, for visitors, it does make sense to call anything above a certain point "Upper Manhattan." --Michael 20:49, 14 October 2007 (EDT)
While it goes against the grain to include Morningside Heights in the UWS (what about Bloomingdale and Manhattan Valley) or the area from 96th to 110th on the East Side in UES, or clubbing all of Harlem into one thing, the reality is that there is not a whole lot to say about each distinct area in Manhattan. Spanish Harlem, for example, would have some stuff on the row houses, perhaps a description of Marcus Garvey Park, but other than that there is not much else there for a tourist. There are few restaurants or hotels, for example, in most of the area above 110th (including Morningside Heights which, at least, has a lot of tourism oriented sites). Some judicious combining is definitely in order. In the specific case of the UES and the area upto a 110th, it makes sense because there are a couple of museums up there (and the UES is the museum center of Manhattan), the area around Mt. Sinai and Madison have been becoming gentrified (though the Park Ave. area above 97th will never be gentrified thanks to the many projects and Metro North), etc. etc. Still, most of the area is qualitatively different from the UES, so we could club it into Harlem. So, we get:

1. Upper West Side (including Morningside Heights). I've already merged MH into UWS. 2. UES. (Below 96th but I'd include mention of el museo del barrio, museum of the city of new york, etc. just because they're all on Fifth). 3. Harlem (Central Harlem, East Harlem, Manhattanville, Hamilton Heights) and Washington Heights. 4. Inwood and Fort Tryon Park. 5. Central Park. South of Central Park is more complicated because the district names are so recognizable. Perhaps we'll stick with: 1. Soho 2. Chelsea 3. Midtown South (Grammercy, Flatiron, Murray Hill, etc. etc.) East of Chelsea, north of 14th, south of 34th. 4. The Village (Greenwich, West, East) 5. Downtown. Everything south of Canal (excluding Chinatown but including Tribeca). 6. Chinatown, Little Italy, and the LES (which could also be included in the village since the east village is technically part of LES). Still have eleven districts. A tad too many IMHO, but better than 19! --Wandering 11:56, 18 October 2007 (EDT)

This sounds pretty reasonable, Wandering. I have two comments and two quibbles. The comments:

1. I grew up in the West 90s and always considered the Upper West Side to go from 59th St. to 125th St., west of Central Park and Morningside Park. 2. Inwood can be included with Washington Heights and Harlem as "Upper Manhattan."

The quibbles: 1. If you're going to include museums in the 100s in the Upper East Side page, it makes sense to redefine the meaning of "Upper East Side" to fit. 2. I strongly suggest not including the East Village as part of "The Village" in any way, because that just further confuses the issue that the East Village is east of the Village and not an eastern part of The Village. If it's included in that section, I propose that the section be "Greenwich Village and the East Village." I've always considered "Greenwich Village" synonymous with "West Village," though that could be partly because of the confusion of the term "East Village." --Michael 02:20, 23 October 2007 (EDT)

Sounds good to me. The UWS page now includes Morningside Heights (though, as a 20 year resident of MH, most of us think of MH as separate from UWS - I guess you denizens of the Upper West Side aspire to be part of Morningside Heights - just kidding! ). About the East Village, I agree that it is confusing. I grew up in what is now the West Village and there was no real East Village back then, or a very tiny one anyway with a larger generic Lower East Side east of Tompkins Square Park. Most tourists, however, seem to see the Village as an entity divided into West and East, with the West Village and Greenwich Village being the same thing, and I'm not sure what's the best way to deal with this issue. It is also the case that the listings will be huge in both the East and West Villages and my preference would be to break them up anyway. That would give us 12 districts, unless we combine the Harlem and the Inwood districts into one Upper Manhattan district (which, coming to think of it, makes sense since the listings are not going to be huge in either). So we would get one Upper Manhattan district, one Greenwich Village district, and one East Village and Lower East Side district. Does that make sense? BTW, I really appreciate this exchange and your thoughts (and your edits). You should consider creating an identity on wikitravel.--Wandering 10:13, 23 October 2007 (EDT)
Yeah, this is making sense to me. At some point, it may make sense to revisit the question of whether to redivide the East Village from the Lower East Side entry, depending on just how long the article gets, but I agree with your thinking completely.

--Michael 04:28, 24 October 2007 (EDT)

Just want to rerevisit this issue...We have 16 Manhattan districts now. So if I'm understanding this discussion correctly (and laying aside the issue of combining East Village and Lower East Side for the moment), then TriBeCa should be merged with Lower Manhattan, and Chinatown should be merged with Lower East Side. Right? Also, would it make sense to merge Roosevelt Island with Upper East Side? That would leave us with 13 Manhattan districts, plus the four other NYC islands, coming to a grand total of 17 NYC districts. PerryPlanet Talk 17:09, 31 May 2009 (EDT)

The Queens article has seven sub-districts, although five are red-links. If Manhattan has 13 districts, it's hard to imagine Brooklyn getting at least half that number and the Bronx getting maybe three. I'm an advocate of starting with a very small number of districts - like five - and splitting only when the districts get too full. Gorilla Jones 18:45, 31 May 2009 (EDT)
Given the relative number of attractions in Manhattan and the Bronx, shorting the latter on districts doesn't seem unreasonable. It's mostly residential, after all.
I'd keep Roosevelt Island as a separate district. It's small, but it just doesn't fit with any of its geographical neighbors culturally, economically, historically, or even transit-wise (where it acts more like a part of Queens). - Dguillaime 19:29, 31 May 2009 (EDT)
This might seem weird, given our usual order of things, but would anyone mind if I shuffled the Upper and Lower Manhattan district lists around, so it fits with how you read the map? --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 17:31, 15 October 2009 (EDT)
What, you mean like with Upper Manhattan at the top and Lower at the bottom? I wouldn't mind that. PerryPlanet Talk 17:41, 15 October 2009 (EDT)

Districts (north to south)[edit]

There was some discussion above about shuffling the district lists around so that Uptown was at the top and Downtown was at the bottom. If anyone really wants to do this, here it is:

Map of Manhattan Districts

Uptown / Upper Manhattan[edit]

The districts located north of 59th Street are considered part of "Uptown" (note: to go "Uptown" in Manhattan means to "go north"):

Harlem and Upper Manhattan
Harlem, America's most famous black community, is home to an increasingly diverse mix of cultures. East Harlem (aka Spanish Harlem), the traditional center of Latino culture in Manhattan, has been joined by the lively, predominantly Dominican neighborhood of West Harlem, and Washington Heights to the north. Washington Heights is notable for Fort Tryon Park, the home of The Cloisters (the Medieval annex of the Metropolitan Museum). At the northern tip of Manhattan, Inwood's claim to fame is Inwood Park, the last remaining virgin forest on the island.
Upper West Side
Often called the city's quintessential neighborhood and made famous by TV's Seinfeld, it includes delightful residential streets, the twin-towered facades of the old apartment hotels on Central Park West and Riverside Drive, Columbia University, large and impressive churches, two of the city's best-known markets (Zabar's and Fairway) and one of its major museums - the American Museum of Natural History.
Central Park
With its lawns, trees and lakes, it is popular for recreation and concerts and is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Zoo.
Upper East Side
Primarily a residential neighborhood, it remains New York City's wealthiest. Museums and restaurants abound.
Roosevelt Island
An elongated strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Part of the island is actually across from Midtown, but because of its quiet character, it really doesn't belong in the "Midtown" category.

Midtown Manhattan[edit]

As the name suggests, Midtown Manhattan occupies the approximate middle reach of Manhattan Island, sandwiched between Lower Manhattan (below 14th Street) and Upper Manhattan (above 59th Street / Central Park). Midtown is divided into a number of neighborhoods, often indistinct. (Considerable overlap exists between them!) They are as follows:

Theater District
34th-59th Streets, roughly west of 6th Avenue - the name says it all: Broadway, Times Square, 42nd Street, Hell's Kitchen, Columbus Circle; often overlapping in the area between Fifth and Sixth Avenues with Midtown East. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is down on the Hudson River.
Midtown
Also termed "Midtown East", this extensive area east of Sixth Avenue includes a number of New York icons: the Empire State Building, the United Nations, Grand Central Station and more.
Chelsea Garment District
Now the center of New York's "village", this district will appeal to all with its great mix of fashion, design, art, culture, bars and restaurants.
Gramercy Flatiron
A chic, stylish district of stately residential areas, gardens and squares, trendy restaurants and bars.

Downtown Manhattan[edit]

The districts located south of 14th Street are considered part of "Downtown" (note: to go "Downtown" in Manhattan means to "go south"):

Greenwich Village
Coffee houses, wine bars, lowrise but high art and literary connections, located between Houston and 14th Streets. The bohemian center of yore, today's Village is strongly upmarket but retains its diverse flavor, with its historic community around Christopher Street and thousands of students who attend NYU.
East Village
Gritty and diverse but redeveloping, this area lies east of Broadway. Pockets of Ukrainians, Japanese, Indians and young professionals make it one of the most vibrant Manhattan areas. The once-shabby area formerly known as Alphabet City, centered on Avenues A through D, is now considered part of the East Village.
SoHo
"South of Houston Street" flows north from Canal Street between the Hudson River and Lafayette St. The ultimate urban gentrification story, SoHo was a rundown industrial area until the 1960s, when artists began inhabiting its spacious and then-cheap lofts. After the artists came the galleries, then the celebrities, then the shoppers, and now the visitors. Filled with gorgeous cast-iron architecture (Greene Street especially), SoHo is a great shopping and dining destination, even if many of the artists have moved on.
TriBeCa
The "Triangle Below Canal Street". Home to trendy restaurants and Robert DeNiro's annual film festival, it is popular with the affluent trendy crowd and replete with trendy restaurants. Unlike SoHo to the north, Tribeca is not over-filled with shoppers on weekends, and Greenwich Street could be mistaken for the main street of a beautifully preserved small town.
Chinatown
Chinatown retains its scruffy, exotic atmosphere, especially around Mott and Canal Streets. The diminishing Little Italy still exists on Mulberry Street (and comes out in full force for Italian festivals such as the Feast of San Gennaro in September), but the surrounding blocks are morphing into fashionable Nolita ("North of Little Italy") or have been annexed by Chinatown.
Lower East Side
Famous as the Jewish immigrant ghetto of the early 20th century, the neighborhood today is enjoying a renaissance, with dozens of bars and restaurants.
Lower Manhattan
Long the center of the American economy, the Financial District is full of impressive turn-of-the-century buildings and is a hive of activity during the day. At night it clears out considerably, though it is becoming an increasingly residential area, giving it more flavor than it has had in the past. Wall Street, the World Trade Center site, South Street Seaport, and Battery Park, a departure point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, and Governors Island are all in this neighborhood.

On one hand it's nice how it fits how you read the map, but it also puts some really popular tourist districts at the very bottom, which seems a bit weird. I'm on the fence on this one, which is why I didn't just add the regionlist template reading north-to-south to the article myself. Eco84 18:36, 8 February 2010 (EST)

Yeah, I don't like how it puts the popular tourist areas at the bottom, just doesn't make much sense to me. I'd rather keep it south to north. PerryPlanet Talk 23:39, 9 February 2010 (EST)

Status[edit]

Work that needs be done before we can elevate Manhattan to guide status:

District Status
Front Page Usable
Lower Manhattan Usable
TriBeCa Usable
SoHo Usable
Chinatown Usable
Lower East Side Usable
Greenwich Village Usable
East Village Guide
Chelsea Garment District Usable
Gramercy Flatiron Usable
Theater District Usable
Midtown Usable
Central Park Usable
Upper East Side Usable
Upper West Side Usable
Harlem and Upper Manhattan Usable
A good bunch of the usables are near guide status, and only two articles need to be elevated to usable status to make the main article a guide. --Peter Talk 18:15, 23 July 2010 (EDT)
I ponder what to do with those last two outlines, and I wonder if some merging isn't in order. What if TriBeCa and SoHo were merged into one article (Manhattan/SoHo-TriBeCa)? On their own, they don't seem to be doing all that great, but combined it could make for a pretty killer article. As for Roosevelt Island, there is so little to do there that I wonder if it would work better as a large listing in the Midtown article - treat it more like a large park than a district, since the only real attraction is to take the tram or subway across and get good views of the skyline. PerryPlanet Talk 13:18, 24 July 2010 (EDT)
Roosevelt Island sure looks like an attraction to me. Assigning it to a district is problematic, but maybe we can ignore one of our rules here and just put the listing in the main Manhattan article. As for SoHo/TriBeCa, I'm in favor of anything that makes a killer article. LtPowers 15:13, 24 July 2010 (EDT)
I wouldn't be opposed to putting it with the main Manhattan article were it not for the single restaurant listing on the Roosevelt Island page. It's just one listing (and not a particularly good one), but if a user wanted to add others there wouldn't be any place to put them, which is why I'd rather assign it to a district (although now I'm thinking Upper East Side would be better than Midtown). PerryPlanet Talk 15:53, 24 July 2010 (EDT)
Roosevelt Island's only purpose from a travel standpoint is as a platform for viewing the Manhattan skyline, right? I think it would be fine to give it its own subsection of Manhattan#Do, akin to Washington, D.C.#Rock Creek Park. --Peter Talk 16:32, 24 July 2010 (EDT)
Well, I don't have too strong an opinion either way - putting it in the main Manhattan article works for me. (Heh - I notice Washington D.C. has a Roosevelt Island as well...) PerryPlanet Talk 16:50, 24 July 2010 (EDT)
Roosevelt Island now a section in Do - the article has been redirected as such. PerryPlanet Talk 17:22, 27 July 2010 (EDT)
Soho and Tribeca have different history, identity, feel, and location. I would not support combining them into a single article. Instead, more work should be done on the articles. Ikan Kekek 06:50, 25 July 2010 (EDT)
Agree with Ikan, combining them wouldn't make sense. --globe-trotter 18:17, 27 July 2010 (EDT)
I can't speak to the history or feel, but location? They're adjacent. LtPowers 08:53, 28 July 2010 (EDT)
Yes they're obviously adjacent, but they have a different feel and character. Instead of the easy solution, merging them, I think we'd make the NY guide a better one if we just improve these articles. They're certainly worthy of a separate page. --globe-trotter 09:00, 28 July 2010 (EDT)
Whether they're adjacent or not depends on definitions. It can be argued that the triangle below Canal Street (=TriBeCa) is formed by Canal, West Broadway, and the Hudson River, and that while Soho extends from around Centre to the River, what could be called the main or typical part of the neighborhood is from Broadway or Lafayette to 6th Av. I don't see a problem with lumping everything up to Church (or, what the heck, Broadway, as we're doing now) into Tribeca, but I would say that's an expansion of the historical dimensions of the triangle. Have a look at this map for an alternate take on where these neighborhoods are: http://www.startherenewyork.com/nyc-maps/downtown-attraction-map.html Ikan Kekek 01:41, 30 July 2010 (EDT)
Sorry, I should have said that the districts as we define them are adjacent. If you want to limit the definitions, the excluded areas would have to be moved to other districts. At any rate, I don't really have a dog in this fight; they just seem awfully small to me. LtPowers 08:32, 30 July 2010 (EDT)
Me neither - given the obviously strong opinions here, I'm not going to seriously crusade for a merger of TriBeCa and SoHo. I was just putting it out as a suggestion, given some past successes we've had with mergers on Wikitravel (San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach springs to mind here, which is also an example of two seemingly very different neighborhoods near each other). But like I said, given the strong feelings on this matter, I'm backing off. PerryPlanet Talk 11:34, 30 July 2010 (EDT)
Just to clarify: I'm not actually arguing for shrinking the definitions of Soho and Tribeca from how they're currently defined on WikiTravel. And there may even be a time to revisit this discussion about the proposed merger. I'm just not ready to support it now and made the arguments that occurred to me as initial reactions. Ikan Kekek 01:54, 31 July 2010 (EDT)
I think SoHo is good enough to be usable status (it has at least a Get In section and one Eat and Sleep listing and several attractions); can Manhattan be upgraded to guide status yet? Sumone10154 17:54, 17 January 2011 (EST)
I agree SoHo is (barely) usable status. See Talk:Manhattan/Theater District for my thoughts on that being a Guide. LtPowers 09:39, 18 January 2011 (EST)

Lead[edit]

While I appreciate that "Ground Zero" may be an outdated term, I'm afraid that this change disrupted the rhythm I had going in that clause. The sequence of four sites: "Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and Ground Zero" built in number of syllables before resolving to a more satisfying cadence at the end: 3, 6, 7, 3. Now, it goes 3, 6, 7, 6 (and the six sound more like eight due to the pauses between "World and Trade" and between "Trade and Center"), which is a less satisfying ending rhythmically. Is there an alternative wording we could use as a compromise? LtPowers 10:09, 13 September 2011 (EDT)

Sorry about that! Hmmm, let's see...I think of Times Square as more of a landmark than a neighborhood, so what if we took out the World Trade Center mention, put Times Square (2 syllables) in it's place, and put "Midtown" (or maybe Chinatown?) in place of Times Square? PerryPlanet Talk 12:54, 13 September 2011 (EDT)
That would work metrically... though Times Square is really close to Rockefeller Center and I suspect I was originally aiming for more geographic diversity. =) Honestly, I think I might rather keep the World Trade Center site in the list than the Guggenheim -- which, while important, isn't quite iconic. Not sure about another neighborhood; "Midtown" is a little pedestrian and "Chinatown" is not unique to Manhattan (in fact, I'm not sure it's even the most famous Chinatown in New York City). LtPowers 13:54, 13 September 2011 (EDT)
Hmm...okay, what if we cut Times Square out of the neighborhood list and extended "the Upper East Side" to "the Upper and Lower East Sides" (just one more syllable than in the neighborhood list now and definitely an iconic Manhattan neighborhood), then in the sites list replaced "Rockefeller Center" with "the Empire State Building" (since it's further away from Times Square), replaced "the Guggenheim Museum" with "the World Trade Center" and put in Times Square at the end? So it would be "Central Park, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and Times Square" (3, 7, 5, 3). PerryPlanet Talk 14:34, 13 September 2011 (EDT)
I really like Rockefeller Plaza, but I did recently note the glaring absence of the Empire State Building from the lede (except in the form of "concrete canyons"). Let me sleep on it. =) LtPowers 22:42, 13 September 2011 (EDT)

Islands[edit]

Wards Island and Randalls Island are missing from the map. In which district should they go? --globe-trotter 01:54, 14 October 2011 (EDT)

Not much there but parkland. Treat them like Roosevelt Island (gray on the map, brief write-up under "Do"). LtPowers 08:58, 14 October 2011 (EDT)

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