Manhattan hat lots of interesting and very diverse neighborhoods and I walked through most of them. Touristic ones like Midtown or the Financial District, trendy ones like Greenwich Village or Soho, unknown ones like Washington Heights, historic ones like the Lower East Side. Each of them has it’s very own character.
Charming and creative Greenwich Village is full of life and homey at the same time. Brick townhouses on tree-lined streets surround Washington Square Park, where things are happening and busy Bleecker Street, where you can get everything from a slice of Pizza to a Psychic session. The Village has been home to many famous writers and is home to New York University as well as to plenty of restaurants and cafés.
Stylish SoHo with its cast iron buildings, where it is easy to buy a designer bag but next to impossible to buy a roll of toilet paper. At the edge of all it’s upscale shops and restaurants is one of my favourite bookshops: Housing Works Bookstore Café.
Posh Upper East Side where doormen wear uniforms and dogs wear designer coats.
Harlem, full of African American culture and history.
Just to mention a few.
Most of them would be worth spending a month there. But I’m not willing to spend 2000$ for a mouse hole in Greenwich Village or 3000$ for a mattress on the floor in a loft room in Tribeca. Manhattan rents are seriously limiting the selection of neighborhoods to stay for someone with a set budget.
Harlem seems to be a good choice. Foreign culture, good connections, beautiful buildings, still affordable rents. Affordable places on the Upper West Side can be found occasionally. So I simply hope to be lucky and be able to spend my last month, the winter month right here. Please, readers, keep your fingers crossed for me.
Other suggestions welcome!