A quick rundown of NYC neighborhoods through my eyes
Midtown West (Hell’s Kitchen, the Theater District, Times Square & Herald Square)
Neighborhood Boundaries: 34th Street to the south and 59th Street to the north; Sixth Avenue to the east and the Hudson River to the west
Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M, 1, 2, 3, N, R, and Q
Architecture: Skyscrapers; post war high rises and mid-rises; pre-war buildings dotted along side streets; new development high rises along the far west side, including the massive redevelopment project Hudson Yards
What I Like Most About It: Similar to its sister neighborhood across the way, Midtown West brings to mind images of massive skyscrapers and bustling sidewalks. But Midtown West is also home to Times Square and the eponymous Broadway, conjuring thoughts of bright lights, tourists and a multitude of entertainment options. But go west of 8th Avenue, and you’ll find yourself in a very different place – a highly residential area, with an interesting mix of brand new buildings, pre-war walk-ups, post-war mid-rises and townhouses. There’s an incredible selection of bars and restaurants, especially along 9th Avenue and, increasingly, 10th Avenue. Few places in the city have the kind of transportation options the area has – between 6th and 8th Avenue there’s access to 13 subway lines, including major transit hubs such as Port Authority, Penn Station and Times Square. The area also boasts excellent access to green space – the terminus of the High Line at 34th Street, Hudson River Park to the far west, and Central Park is not too far away for the lucky people who live in the West 50s. And to add to all of this? The 7 line subway extension is scheduled to be completed later this year, making east side access much easier. Plus, the area will see a huge injection of new energy thanks to the Hudson Yards project (with the first tower slated to also be completed later this year).
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