Want to keep up with the cool kids? Head to these 5 ridiculously voguish neighbourhoods in New York.
For an upbeat buzz head over to Bushwick, known for its cutting-edge music, fashion and art scene. The neighbourhood is situated in Northern Brooklyn and was originally founded by Dutch settlers in the 17th Century. It’s become a magnet for creatives and is known across the city for its street art scene. Thanks to The Bushwick Collective, artists from all over the world flock to transform drab wall spaces into eye-catching works of art.
Hungry? Head to Roberta’s Pizza
261, Moore St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206-3816
Getting to Bushwick – Take the L train to Morgan Avenue.
Image Credit: @thebushwickcollective
2. Lower East Side
With a history rooted in anarchism and radical politics, the Lower East Side is one for those who like to go against the grain. The neighbourhood is a great spot for a night out with a number of trendy bars and live music venues. LES is considered to be the centre of Jewish immigrant culture and is home to many famous synagogues, as well as a good mix of Jewish Delis.
Hungry? Head to – Kossar’s
367, Grand St, New York, NY, 10002
Getting to Lower East Side – F, J, M or Z train to Delancey Street/Essex Street.
Image Credit: @kossars
3. Red Hook
Sticking out into the Upper New York Bay, Red Hook was first settled by the Dutch in the 1600s. Its waterfront location gives the neighbourhood a laid back vibe, where visitors can enjoy views of New York’s harbour and Lady Liberty herself. The warehouses of its industrial past are now home to museums, restaurants and homespun shops. If you want to get inspired, head to Pioneer Works; an artist-run cultural centre, guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing – (booking required)
Thirsty? Head to – Red Hook Winery
175, Van Dyke St, Pier 41 Suite 325A, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
Getting to Red Hook – NYC Ferry, Lower Manhattan – Red Hook.
Image Credit: @redhookwinery
4. Alphabet City
Located within the East Village, this neighbourhood gets its name from the A, B, C and D avenues – the only single-letter avenue names in the borough. It was once considered one of the most dangerous parts of New York. Thanks in part to the gentrification of the late ’90s, the area has seen a reduction in crime rates, though it does still hold a distinct edginess, adding to the creative off-beat vibe. Expect trendy bars and restaurants as well as craft cocktail lounges.
Thirsty? Head to – The Wayland
700E. 9th St (corner of Avenue C), New York, NY, 10009
Getting there: L line to 1 Av.
Image Credit: @thewaylandnyc
This popular Brooklyn neighbourhood has been poaching hipsters from the streets of New York for years. With its abundance of independent shops, local distilleries and wineries, it’s fair to say that Williamsburg champions that local entrepreneurial spirit. It’s also home to some of the trendiest clubs and restaurants in the city, making it the place to head for that long overdue night out.
Thirsty? Head to – Union Pool
484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (open from May 2021)
Getting to Williamsburg: L train to Bedford Avenue/Lorimer Street
Image Credit: @yeswilliamsburg