NYU is located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan rich with history and culture. The University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City. Precollege students will have the opportunity to explore the city through chaperoned events and activities during the program and, if they wish, experience the city on their own during their off-time.

New York City is comprised of five boroughs. Throughout the boroughs, there are hundreds of distinct neighborhoods, many with a history and character all their own. If the boroughs were each independent cities, four of the boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx) would be among the ten most populous cities in the United States. Additional information regarding New York City and its neighborhoods can be found in the links below.

Get to Know New York

Getting Around

New York City is a large metropolis, but with a little planning—and the use of maps—it can be easy to navigate. Most of Manhattan’s streets form a grid with streets running east and west and avenues running north and south. Street numbers increase as you travel north (10th Street is north of 4th Street), and avenue numbers increase as you travel west (5th Avenue is west of 2nd Avenue). Broadway is the only street in Manhattan that travels the full length of the island and is not a part of the grid.

Explore the Travel and Transportation page of our website for maps, public transit information, and details about our Bike Share program.

New York City Reads

  • The New York Times
  • Here is New York by E.B. White
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Washington Square by Henry James