New York, New York! It’s the Empire State, The City of Dreams, The City of Lights, The Big Apple. It’s one of the most unique cities in the world. New York stands out for many reasons, one being its clearly divided neighbourhoods. From Soho to the Village and Chinatown to Williamsburg, New York is divided into hoods, each one with a unique personality and vibe. New Yorkers are fiercely proud of their hoods and often defined by which one they’re from. So if Dublin was the Big Apple, which hood would be which?
Times Square / Temple Bar
Times Square is a bustling and frenetic hotspot of energy and excitement. Depending on who you ask, Times Square is either the beating heart of the city or a stress-inducing tourist trap, This place divides opinion, just like our very own Temple Bar.
The Meatpacking District / Harcourt Street
The Meatpacking District is known for its trendy boutiques and hip nightclubs. It’s where Sex and the City’s Samantha made her home. It’s also a hotbed for larceny. It has to be our Harcourt Street , the prime destination for clubbers, but not exactly the most wholesome thoroughfare in the city.
Soho / Drury Street
Soho is famous for its lofts, art galleries, shops, retail therapy and inner city regeneration. It’s our very own Drury Street, emerging as the hippest area in town.
Chinatown / Parnell St
Dublin is too small to have a proper Chinatown but with several Asian restaurants the Parnell Street area emerged as a candidate of sorts. Two getting good reviews are Mitsuba (Japanese) and Pho Viet (Vietnamese).
Midtown / College Green & Dame Street
Midtown is the centre of Manhattan and home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations headquarters. It’s our very own College Green and Dame Street; home to Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Central Bank.
Financial District / IFSC and Docklands
New York has Wall Street and the Financial District, perched on the harbour overlooking the Hudson river. Dublin has the IFSC, overlooking the Liffey and the newly regenerated Docklands. It’s not quite Wall Street but it’s not too shabby on a sunny day.
East Village / Rathmines
Known for its artists, musicians, students and hippies who were attracted to the area by cheap rents the East Village is New York’s Rathmines. Rising rents in the East Village have since pushed the artists further out, not unlike Rathmines where it’s not as cheap as it used to be.
Lower East Side / Dublin 8
Traditionally an immigrant, working-class neighbourhood and now home to more upscale boutiques and trendy dining establishments, the Lower East Side is Dublin 8. Suburbs like Kilmainham and Portobello are old Dublin but with a rising number of trendy cafes, like The Fumbally, Noshington and The Natural Bakery, these areas are feeling a whole lot more trendy.
West Village / Ranelagh
The West Village is a small-town neighbourhood with a celebrity following, a bit like Dublin’s newest favourite place to live; Ranelagh. Real estate agents DNG described the south Dublin neighbourhood as “one of the trendiest and most cosmopolitan villages in the city”. Hang out here on a Saturday afternoon and you’ve a good chance of spotting a celeb… or a Leinster rugby player at the very least.
Williamsburg / Stoneybatter
Famous for fixie bikes and secret rooftop parties, Stoneybatter is the Williamsburg of Dublin. It’s the newest hipster hang out, replacing Ranelagh and Rathmines, just like Williamsburg replaced the East Village and the West Village as the coolest kid on the block.
Long Island / Howth
With its beaches, golf courses and proximity to the big city Long Island is our Howth. The “Howth Iced Tea” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but you get the idea.
Upper East Side / Ballsbridge
On the Upper East Side it’s all about nannies, doormen and chauffeurs. Things are a little bit finer, just like D4’s headquarters Ballsbridge.