How you experience Manhattan depends largely on what neighborhood you’re in. Midtown is all frenetic sidewalks and soaring skyscrapers, while the West Village’s more human scale is punctuated by quaint cobbled streets and charming cafes. The Upper East Side radiates understated sophistication, while SoHo wears its trendiness on its sleeve. The best part is that you don’t need to choose. Walkable streets, an abundance of cabs and ride shares, and a top-notch public transportation system make experiencing different neighborhoods easy.
Of course, all these superlatives don’t come cheap, and while Manhattan does have affordable areas, many come with an eye-popping price tag. But for those who thrive on the city’s unique energy, there’s no place else they can imagine living.