Fun neighborhoods for first time visitors to NYC?
December 26, 2013 4:04 PM Subscribe
I have been charged with being "the guy" to sort out accommodation for four of us in NYC in May. I know exactly what I want, but how do I ensure that I'm doing right by them?
posted by pdb to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Myself, the lovely mrs. pdb, and two friends are going to be in NYC in May. I am the only one of the four to have ever been there - I lived in CT for a couple years in the early aughts, and spent most weekends that I lived there in NYC. So I know the city fairly well, or at least much better than the other three on the trip.
Since I've got experience with the city, I have been asked to find us all a place to stay for the week we're there. My first inclination is the Lower East Side/Alphabet City, because the cost is right (we're looking at about $200-225/night max on Airbnb), and because many of my favorite bars/restaurants are either in that area or really close to it.
But I do want to make sure I'm not just being selfish and picking the one 'hood I know best, and I want to make sure that the people I'm going to be showing around can have a good experience that's not necessarily on my terms. By "Good experience" I guess I mean "it's fairly easy to get to tourist landmarks and stuff", either by walking or by subway (so fairly close proximity to subway stops would be good).
So, I guess my question is, other than LES/Alphabet City, what Manhattan neighborhoods would you recommend first-timers to NYC look in to rent a place for a week?