New York City is comprised of five boroughs that make up the city. 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.
NYC Travel Information (provided by New York University):
Neighborhood maps (NYC Department of City Planning):
The Bronx neighborhoods:
Staten Island neighborhoods:
Festivals and Events
The city bursts to life during the spring months with thousands of performances, cultural events, and activities all over town. Below are some of the most popular spring festivals and events.
The New York Knicks, short for Knickerbockers, are New York City's professional basketball team. The Knicks play home games in the world famous Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being Boston Celtics).
Chinese Lunar New Year events take place in Manhattan's Chinatown and in venues across the city. Highlights include a parade, firecracker ceremony, cultural festival, fireworks display, and flower market.
The first New York Fashion Week, then called Press Week, was the world's first organized fasion week. Events and runway shows are held in and around Bryant Park, showcasing over 200 designers.
Second only to the Kentucky Derby as the nation's oldest continuous sporting event, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden features some 2,500 dogs of 162 breeds competing for Best in Show.
The world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade takes place on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. The parade was marched for the first time on March 17, 1762–sixteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Festival is anchored in Tribeca and takes place in additional neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, featuring film screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and panel discussions.
One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Yankees have been Major League Baseball's most storied franchise, winning 26 World Series titles and 39 American League Pennants. Their 26 titles make them the most successful franchise in North American professional sports history. Since 1923, the Yankees have played at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, earning them their nickname, "the Bronx Bombers."
As the nation's largest cycling event, the Great Five Boro Bike Tour attracts some 30,000 competitors to weave through the five boroghs on a 42-mile course.
Get to Know New York
The unique and unparalleled energy of Manhattan has attracted visitors and settlers to this city for centuries. We now invite you to fill one term in the Big Apple with a lifetime of experiences. Here is a condensed guide to some of the city's most popular attractions.
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue (at East 42nd Street)
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Accessible by the Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan
The Empire State Building
Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street
Grand Central Station
East 42nd Street at Park Avenue
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at West 42nd Street
Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue between 47th and 51st Streets
The South Street Seaport
East River at the foot of Fulton Street
The Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island in New York Harbor
Ferries to Liberty Island depart from Battery Park
Broadway between West 42nd and 53rd Streets
United Nations Headquarters
East 42nd Street to 48th Street between 1st Avenue and the East River
Guided tours in many languages available daily
The Blue Note
131 West Third Street
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
25 Third Avenue (at St. Marks Place)
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Brooklyn
Joe's Pub (at the Public Theatre)
425 Lafayette Street (near East Eighth Street)
The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)
217 East Houston Street (at Avenue A)
The Village Vanguard
178 Seventh Avenue South (at Perry Street)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway at West 64th Street
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad Street (near Wall Street)
Radio City Music Hall
Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at West 50th Street
"Student rush" tickets are available to students at a reduced rate after a certain time on performance days. Call the theatre and you may save some money.
The Public Theatre
434 Lafayette Street (near East 8th Street)
Offers a varied program of plays. Discounted student rates may be available for certain performances.
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York's first off-Broadway theatre. Volunteer ushering available.
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74 East Fourth Street
A multimedia theatre space for experimental performance. Occasional volunteer ushering available.
The Living Theatre
272 East 3rd Street
Founded by Judith Malina and the late Julian Beck in 1947, this theater has been a major force in avant-garde theatre for over thirty years. Student discounts are available.
First Avenue at Ninth Street
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
The Cloisters (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
In Fort Tryon Park at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive
El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
One East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue)
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at 43rd Street
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue (at East 92nd Street)
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street
National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green (near Battery Park)
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at East 75th Street
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
990 Washington Avenue (near Prospect Park)
The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West
Hudson River Park
Battery Park to West 59th Street