My friend Evelyn is a New Yorker. She wasn’t born there, and she’s retired to a southern clime, but if you know her, you know she lived and worked in the city for decades. She’s a New Yorker.
Naturally it was Evelyn who introduced me to this site: Urban Compass. (You don’t have to sign up. You can click on categories with impunity.) In beta at the moment, it’s a real estate listing service for NYC (although I imagine it will expand to other cities as time goes on). “We’re combining transparent online search with a team of Neighborhood Specialists to make finding a home quick and easy,” the site says.
But what charmed my friend—and me—is this page: the neighborhood guide. It’s filled with photos and up-to-date information about the neighborhoods some of us have only read about. Included thus far:
Lower East Side
Upper East Side
Upper West Side
Still to come: Battery Park City, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Chinatown, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, East Harlem, Fashion District, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Greenpoint, Harlem, Little Italy, Meatpacking District, Morningside Heights, NoHo, NoLita, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Theater District, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg.
Gosh, the names alone make me want to hop on a plane! But I have books to edit, so instead I’ll do my exploring online. For now.