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NYC Neighborhoods

Stern's downtown location means easy access to campus from many New York City neighborhoods and surrounding areas like Brooklyn, New Jersey and Queens. Below are just a few of the neighborhoods where Stern students choose to live.



This neighborhood has some of the prettiest, quietest tree-lined streets in Manhattan, and you can't beat the variety and quality of the restaurants, bars, art galleries and cafés. If you like to cook, be sure to stop into the amazing Chelsea Market, and if you like to exercise (possibly after cooking), there's walking the High Line, jogging and cycling along Hudson River Park and Chelsea Piers with its golf, gym, soccer and rock climbing. Chelsea offers easy access to Stern by subway or foot.
Walk to Campus = 20 minutes
Subway = 10 minutes

East Village

From the beautiful Tompkins Square Park and hundreds of restaurants and bars, to great shopping and some of the most renowned music venues in the city, the East Village has something for everyone. Whether you move in or just stop by after class for dinner and drinks, be sure not to miss the food in Little India (6th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues).
Walk to Campus = 5-15 minutes

Malvika, Class of 2015: "Vibrant and lively, walking distance from school, and endless restaurants, bars and coffee shops! It is by far the most interesting neighborhood in NYC!"

Financial District

Narrow, cobblestone streets and quaint outdoor cafes give this area a historic feel. Home to the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street, “FiDi” boasts a high energy during the day but a more laid-back pace at night. Go for a jog by the water in the morning and enjoy a fantastic view of the city skyline from your apartment at night.
Subway = 15-20 minutes


The traditional New York architecture of this area gives it a historic feel which coexists with a bustling business scene. Gramercy/Flatiron is quickly becoming one of the city’s premier hubs for high-quality restaurants and affordable shopping. You’ll be in the prime location to grab a picnic lunch from Shake Shack in Madison Square Park or enjoy sights of the famous Flatiron building.  
Walking = 15-20 minutes
Subway = 10-15 minutes

Dan, Class of 2015: "Easy access to the East River running path and a short cab ride to all of Manhattan. Tons of restaurants and nightlife and celebrities sightings are common with neighbors like Jimmy Fallon, Jim Parsons, Tom Brady and Giselle."

Michelle, Class of 2015: "A bit crowded, close to every subway, Madison Square Park, tons of restaurants, and most importantly...easy access to Eataly!" 


Midtown East

The streets of this fast-paced neighborhood are lined with soaring skyscrapers, and the crowds are a mix of young professionals and senior executives. Consider living in Turtle Bay, Tudor City, or Sutton Place for a residential vibe nestled within this high-energy location. Enjoy happy hour at one of the many bars and restaurants, take a stroll through the New York Public Library or explore Grand Central Terminal in your downtime.
Subway = 25-30 minutes (it is possible to also catch the free NYU bus depending on location)


Soho is synonymous with the utterly fabulous. From cutting-edge fashion to fine dining to the city’s best martini, the neighborhood South of Houston is pure luxury. In the mood for a little culture? Soho’s gallery scene rivals that of Chelsea. But make no mistake: this lifestyle comes at a price. Look on the bright side though – you won’t need to buy a Metrocard.
Walk to Campus = 5-10 minutes

Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

For those that are looking for a little peace and quiet, this residential complex is an escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC. Apartment complexes create a miniature village around an 80-acre centralized park, with amenities including a fitness center and study lounge. This area is just a short walk away from the lively East Village nightlife and the shops at Union Square.
Free NYU Bus = 20 minutes
Subway = 20 minutes


Tribeca stands for "Triangle below Canal." Tribeca is the "in" place for the Wall Street crowd and many young professionals. Home to DeNiro, the Tribeca Film Festival, tons of famous restaurants and amazing lofts, you never know who you’ll find walking down the streets of Tribeca or eating at Bouley, Megu or Nobu. It’s an easy walk through Soho to get to school. As an added benefit, several train lines converge in Tribeca. Don't forget the Gee Whiz diner for great food and drink on more of a student’s budget.
Walk to Campus = 20 minutes
Subway = 10 minutes

Upper East Side

Central Park, Museum Mile, Gracie Mansion – the Upper East Side is home to some of the most beautiful areas of Manhattan. Though you may not be able to swing a Park Avenue address, there are plenty of affordable areas, such as the 80's between First Avenue and Lexington Avenue, filled with young professionals. The area has an abundance of fantastic little restaurants, as well as a range of evening spots, from trendy upscale bars to local pubs.
Subway = 30-40 minutes

West Village

A vibrant neighborhood packed with cafés, bars, boutiques, townhouses and gardens, the West Village is one of the most charming areas downtown. In the 1960s and 1970s it was a haven for emerging artists, writers and musicians, including the Beat poets, and the bohemian spirit of the area is still very much alive. Stern is located at the eastern tip of this neighborhood.
Walk to Campus = 2-10 minutes

Cydnee, Class of 2015: "A fun place to live because it's home to several celebrities, Carrie Bradshaw's townhouse and the Friends' apartment building. A great place to live because of its quiet, tree-lined streets and most importantly, its close proximity to Stern!" 

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is popular among Stern students – far enough away to provide some distance, but close enough that it's still an easy commute. It may be one of the most versatile and livable New York neighborhoods, with three subway lines, two parks (Central and Riverside), the Museum of Natural History, Fairway and Zabar's. From the quiet residential feel of West End Avenue, to the bustling shops of Broadway, to the fantastic restaurant and bar scene of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues (including some of the best brunch options in the city), the Upper West Side is what an urban neighborhood should be.
Subway = 30 minutes

Brooklyn and Queens


Situated in western Queens, Astoria is popular with 20- and 30-somethings and an exciting and affordable neighborhood that offers small-town character with easy access to Manhattan. Astoria houses the second largest Greek population in the world after Athens, so you’re sure to find great Mediterranean restaurants, cafés and bakeries, as well as a touch of European flair. Steinway Street, which runs right through the heart of the neighborhood, is filled with block after block of unique shops and boutiques. Also worth checking out is the Socrates Sculpture Garden, an outdoor park with rotating sculpture exhibits, a great view of Manhattan and free foreign films in the summer.
Subway = 30-45 minutes

Angie, Class of 2015: "Known for its Greek food and population, but diverse in all ways! You'll be in the midst of amazing restaurants, bars, parks, a brewery, with more space and a lower price tag than you'll find in Manhattan. NQR trains put you three blocks from Stern in 30-45 minutes.

Brooklyn Heights

Historic Brooklyn Heights may well be one of the most scenic neighborhoods on this list. Featuring street after tree-lined street of brownstones and spectacular views of the New York City skyline, the Heights offers a restful haven 20 minutes by train from the Stern campus. Furthermore, because it is so close to downtown Manhattan, in warm weather residents often stroll or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge on their way home.
Subway = 20 minutes

Clinton Hill

This neighborhood is home to classic brownstones as well as beautiful Clinton Avenue mansions. Clinton Hill offers a true sense of community as residents run a local community garden and many businesses are locally owned. The Pratt Institute is located in this neighborhood, so the residents give the area a younger feel. Check out the Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays or do some shopping on the up-and-coming Myrtle Avenue.
Subway = 40 minutes

Jennifer, Class of 2015: "Safe, melting pot community, close to several subway locations and awesome restaurants!" 

Long Island City

While this neighborhood was once known as an industrial hub, the area now boasts a vibrant arts scene with a laid-back atmosphere. New luxury apartment complexes coexist with brownstones on quiet streets. On the weekends, enjoy some of the numerous theaters and galleries, do some shopping at the LIC flea, or take in a breathtaking view of Manhattan from one of the waterfront piers.
Subway = 30 minutes

Park Slope

Brooklyn's Park Slope is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the five boroughs. Fifth Avenue has become a vibrant shopping and dining scene with plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. It's a beautiful area full of historic brownstones that offers a reasonable commute to Stern and great access to Prospect Park – dog heaven and a mecca for anyone interested in softball, frisbee, jogging or rollerblading. Rents are a bit more reasonable, too.
Subway = 25-30 minutes

Prospect Heights

Neighborhoods filled with free-standing homes give Prospect Heights a suburban feel that is perfect for families looking for a more quiet and residential area. The proximity to Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s version of Central Park, can’t be beat. Stroll down Church Avenue or Cortelyou Road to enjoy food and shopping, or visit the beautiful Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Subway = 35 minutes


Considered one of the trendiest places in the country, Brooklyn's Williamsburg is known mostly for its young, creative professional population. The area boasts a host of fantastic up-and-coming restaurants, great bars and a good nightlife scene. It also has decent boutique shopping. It is a short train ride into the city.
Subway = 20-30 minutes

New Jersey


Hoboken, New Jersey, thought of as the sixth borough of New York by its residents, offers the perfect balance between big city life and small neighborhood appeal. This square mile city is packed with rich Italian culture and plenty of great bars, restaurants and nightlife. Young urbanites can enjoy countless community festivals and activities, such as ‘Movies on the Pier’ – all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. And with an easy commute by bus, path train or ferry into the city, work or play is always just a few steps away.
PATH train = 15-20 minutes
Bus = 30 minutes

Jersey City

Jersey City offers both more living space and privacy than the typical Manhattan apartment and convenient transportation to campus. This waterfront community of high-rise apartments and mini “gated communities” is a quick ride across the Hudson River on the PATH train. Jersey City is close enough to Manhattan that you don't feel left out of the New York City experience, but just far enough away to be able to enjoy your personal time and the peacefulness of waterfront living.
PATH train = 15-20 minutes

Mariel, Class of 2015: "The best kept secret near Manhattan! Up and coming, good downtown restaurant scene, more space for less money, only two train stops from the NYU campus and great views of the NYC skyline across the Hudson River."

NYC Neighborhood Map

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