"Must See" Neighborhoods: Endless Adventures for Urban Explorers
New York City has some of the most fascinating, original neighborhoods in the U.S., each with its own history, lore, shops, galleries and restaurants to explore.
Go home feeling like a New York insider.
Hotel Penn's matchless central location and handy transportation choices put all these remarkable places at your doorstep. Our guests love to hit the streets and discover their own special corners of New York as quickly as possible.
Midtown Manhattan. We're partial to our own neck of the woods—and for good reason. There's world-famous shopping, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, Broadway theaters and so much more.
Hell's Kitchen. Near the Theater District, this once-gritty neighborhood is enjoying a striking revival. Check out its many great ethnic restaurants, and broadcast and music studios.
Chelsea. A thriving center of gay life, art galleries and performance spaces. Keep a lookout for mid-nineteenth century townhouses. Chelsea is also near the famous Flatiron Building.
West Village. The western section of storied Greenwich Village features classic artists' lofts, New York history, gay life, myriad shops, great restaurants and cafes.
East Village. This young, vibrant scene has historical significance as a center of the counterculture protests of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. For music buffs, it's the birthplace of punk rock. East Village is also near Union Square.
Lower East Side. New York's historically working class, immigrant neighborhood now boasts a number of fine restaurants, bars and rich New York history.
SoHo. The historic art district, with great shopping from low- to high-end, captivating architecture and a hip, modern vibe.
China Town, Little Italy and Tribeca. Famous New York neighborhoods with restaurants, restaurants, restaurants.
Upper West Side. The famous upscale New York neighborhood. Don't miss the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and great architectural landmarks like The Dakota, where John Lennon lived... and met his untimely death.
Upper East Side. Art enthusiasts thrill to "Museum Mile", with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Academy of Design and Whitney Museum of American Art. High-end retail includes renowned couturiers.
Harlem. The most well-known historically African-American neighborhood in the U.S. is enjoying a vibrant renaissance. Harlem teems with historical landmarks, African-American culture, and is near Columbia University and The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Central Park. New York's legendary park includes lakes, ponds, walking trails, ice skating, an outdoor theater, and the Central Park Zoo. Stunning natural beauty in the heart of Manhattan.
Battery Park. Rich New York history is accessible via ferries to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island. Wall Street and the World Trade Center site are nearby.
Meat Packing District. Now considered one of New York's most fashionable neighborhoods, this former home to slaughterhouses and packing plants now hosts celebrated night clubs, restaurants and boutiques. In June 2009 the High Line, a former elevated freight railroad that has been redesigned as a greenway, opened to critical acclaim.
Brooklyn. This famous New York borough has always had a very distinct identity. Its striking architecture, independent music and arts scene and thriving ethnic communities all make for a quintessential must-see New York neighborhood.