If you have never been to New York City before, or are unfamiliar with our eclectic neighborhoods, take some time now to get familiar with what's where and who's going to be there. New Year's Eve is a great time to take in some culture and the party spans out well beyond the confines of Times Square.
Manhattan island is split up into three major sections: Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown. Doesn't give you much to go on does it? Let this be your whirlwind tour of the three major geographic locations in NYC.
Uptown is a broad span of land stretching from 207th Street in the neighborhood of Inwood from the Hudson River to the East River down to 59th Street.
Harlem: From about 155th Street down to 110th Street and from the Hudson River to the East River, Harlem is one of New York's most historic neighborhood. Celebrating African American culture for over 100 years, Harlem is home to the Apollo Theater, Columbia University and comes to rest at the northern edge of Central Park at 110th Street and Central Park North.
The Upper West Side: With Broadway as its spine, The Upper West Side travels from 59th Street and Broadway to 110th and Broadway winding east to Central Park West. Notable for its sterling homes and air of elite sophistication, many are familiar with the elegant buildings along Central Park West, most notably The Dakota where John Lennon was shot and killed in the early 1980s (wife Yoko Ono still lives at the Dakota address).
The Upper East Side: Famous for its old money and grandeur, the Upper East Side is synonymous with wealth and class. From 100th Street, the UES runs south to 59th Street bound by 1st Avenue to the East and 5th Avenue to the West. Magnificent mansions and quiet streets adorn much of this part of town, but you will certainly be able to find cozy restaurants and beautiful cafes along Park Avenue.
Midtown is a neighborhood of its own, separated loosely by the famous squares Broadway creates as it travels Southeast toward the tip of Manhattan.
Times Square: The Crossroads of the World. Times Square is by far the most notable landmark in New York City. On New Year's Eve, the square created by Broadway, 42nd Street and 7th Avenue is home to the New Year's Eve ball drop and is televised across the globe. You will find many flagship retail stores, a host of pinnacle Times Square characters all over Broadway and The Great White Way, the theaters of the Broadway stage.
Herald Square: At the intersection of Broadway and 34th Street, Herald Square is the home of the largest department store in the world, Macy's. Check out the hotels along Broadway for a little cheaper rate than those a few blocks north in Times Square.
Hell's Kitchen: From 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen is home to some of New York's most famous Broadway actors. Serving as a support system of infrastructure to Midtown Manhattan, the name Hell's Kitchen often conjures up seedy images of dark alleys, but I must assure you, HK is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in NYC and great for a New Year's Eve party.
The Village: Once known in its entirety as Greenwich Village, this neighborhood is now separated into The West Village and The East Village. The West Village is upscale and illustrates the style of old New York. Street side cafes and high end retail stores jut in and out of the winding streets of the West Village. In the East Village, a vibe of art and immergent style fill the streets and bars of the East Village. Whatever fits your style, both are equally as amazing and full of life.
The Lower East Side: Full of nightlife, the Lower East Side has gained international notoriety for being the place to be in A List nightlife in New York City. On New Year's Eve, the small, exclusive clubs will be host to some of the world's most fashionable celebs.
The Meatpacking District: Over on the Hudson River, the Meatpacking District retains the name of its former occupation. It was once the slaughterhouse of NYC. Now, it's the most glamorous neighborhood synonymous with the best nightclubs in Manhattan, and possibly the world.