New York City is a patchwork quilt of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. New Yorkers are passionate about their communities—when you explore these neighborhoods, you’ll see why.
Cardozo is located in Greenwich Village, a charming neighborhood featuring tree-lined streets. As you walk along lower Fifth Avenue, you will pass many sites where literary, music and gay-rights history were made. Cafés, bistros, bookstores and boutiques abound.
Union Square is a lovely park only a block from Cardozo. It is home to a farmer's market, and artists often set up tables to display and sell their work. Just off the park is University Place, which is lined with popular shops and restaurants.
Washington Square Park, with its historic arch, is a short walk down Fifth Avenue from the school, making it a great place to relax, study and listen to local musicians.
Madison Square Park is a few blocks away, and offers outdoor art installations, great burgers at Shake Shack, and free Wifi.
The East Village, always popular with New York's artists and bands, is a foodie's paradise. It features inventive cuisine for any budget, along with many bars and some of the best desserts in New York City. It is also home to the Public Theater, the pioneering theater that brought Shakespeare in the Park, A Chorus Line and hundreds of other important works to New Yorkers.
Soho (which stands for South of Houston) was originally a manufacturing center that became the first artist loft community in the city. It holds onto its bohemian identity but now boasts high-end, trendy shops, haberdasheries and restaurants as well as galleries and museums. This architectural wonderland offers a great collection of cast-iron structures.
Chelsea is just west of the school and a few blocks north. This beautiful and historic neighborhood has been through many transformations, and is currently undergoing further cultural refinement thanks to the High Line (a restored elevated railway-turned-public park). It blends the gritty and industrial with the glossy and luxurious. The neighborhood is home to galleries, elegant townhouses, bars and cafés.
The Chelsea Market anchors the neighborhood and is right near both Cardozo’s campus and Google's New York headquarters. Chelsea Piers, a 30-acre waterfront sports village, offers the urban dweller opportunities for ice skating, gymnastics, golf, hockey, skateboarding and more. A park along the Hudson River is a paradise for runners and bike riders; just a bit further south, field houses for sports such as kayaking, tennis and soccer dot the lower Manhattan riverfront.
Other Manhattan places to explore:
Head south from 55 Fifth to Chinatown for a cross-cultural feast for the senses. It’s located in the northern part of Lower Manhattan, the neighborhood that is also home to the New York court system, 1 Police Plaza, and City Hall. Or head north to spend a Sunday in lush Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted’s masterpiece of landscape design, where you can pay your respects to John Lennon in Strawberry Fields. Hop on a train and emerge in the Upper West Side to take in a string quartet or indie film at Lincoln Center, where you might stumble across a free performance by Chinese acrobatics or dueling Polish accordionists as part of its summer Out-of-Doors Festival.
Travel via bridge, subway or tunnel to Brooklyn Heights, if only for the best views of Manhattan from its famed promenade. While you're there, don’t forget to wander Hicks, Henry and the “Fruit” streets (Cranberry, Pineapple, and Orange) to see some of New York’s oldest brownstone blocks and clapboard houses.
Neighboring DUMBO (which stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is popular for its warehouses-turned-shops, cafés and bars. It is also home to the wonderful Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can kayak for free, attend outdoor film screenings in the summer, grab the brass ring on the impeccably restored Jane’s Carousel, and visit the floating concert hall, Barge Music.
Williamsburg is a great place to shop or dine. Only one stop into Brooklyn on the nearby L train, its main drag offers vintage clothing stores, craft beer bars, DIY ventures, indie record stores, outdoor summer concerts and a food market with more than 100 vendors.
Useful New York City Links:
- Citysearch Best Bargains
- Manhattan Users Guide
- New York Magazine Browse weekly listings and in-depth coverage of NYC people, places and events.
- The New York Times Check Friday event listings.
- Not For Tourists Guide Also a print book—extremely useful!
- NYC Coupons and Discounts
- NYC on a Budget Tips
- NYC The Official Guide
- NY.com’s Guide to Free Museums
- Outdoor Summer Concerts
- Restaurant Week Features top restaurants and offers reduced-price prix fixe menus.
- Restrooms in NYC
- Shakespeare in the Park
- Time Out New York A weekly magazine with listings for activities, dining, theater, clubs, readings, etc.
- TKTS These discount theater booths offer same-day tickets to plays and musicals at a price often far below face value.
The Jane: A great option for hip travelers on a budget.
Washington Square Hotel: A historical landmark in the heart of Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.
The W Union Square: Just north of Cardozo, located at the corner of NYC's bustling Union Square Park.