Whether you’re traveling for a girls weekend or a 10-day solo vacation, you’ve got to know where to stay in NYC, because it matters! Every neighborhood has a different vibe that will be perfect for you (or not ideal for you). You’ll want to think about where the subway stations and bus routes are located if you’re not taking an Uber. If it feels overwhelming, don’t worry, just ask any New Yorker, and they’ll be happy to direct you to the right station and where to get your metro card.
Well-known neighborhoods of New York
There are five main areas or boroughs in the city. Brooklyn (my personal fave!), Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Public transportation is amazing in the city, and it’s easy to get anywhere if you want to stay in New York City on a budget and still experience the expensive parts of town. I’m going to stick with the main touristy places in this article, and where you’ll find lots of other singles.
Queens is the home of PS1 Art Gallery, great food and diverse culture. I stayed here during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Hopefully, you pick a travel time that’s much better than my stay that year!
It’s like a big city home away from home and is my favorite neighborhood in New York City. This area of the city has beautiful murals, great music and an art scene which is especially fabulous for singles. If you like coffee or clubs, this is the place to meet some hip millennials and entrepreneurs.
Manhattan Is probably the most famous area of the city. It’s where you’ll find Central Park, Times Square and of course, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum! You’ve got to see the oddities there! You’ll find people playing drums on 5-gallon buckets, and there are plenty of ethnic food trucks.
If you like lots of people, this is the place to go. Even though it’s a bougie part of town, there are still some cheap hotels in New York City and even hostels. Hostels are a great place to stay if you’re traveling solo. It’s an easy way to meet other guests and make new friends.
Next, we’re going to help you figure out more specific areas you might want to check out based on what kind of experience you’re looking for.
If nightlife is your bag, the Meatpacking District is a happening place
Williamsburg has new bars, and dance clubs, and so does the Hell’s Kitchen area.
Your perfect solo vacation is surrounded by food dreams, check out SoHo and Tribeca
This is the place for famous chefs and many star reviews on Yelp. From ethnic to classic, you’ll never go hungry here, and you’ll meet lots of positive singles!
Sightseeing in NYC
The best place is in Midtown. There are plenty of shows (the musical, theatrical kind), and super famous buildings you won’t want to miss.
Want trendy NYC?
Then the Bowery is for you. Here you’ll find the New Museum (we’re talking avant-garde), fancy art galleries plus food all over.
The Theater District is perfect if it’s your first time in NYC
It crowded and convenient. There are loads of great places to stay, and it’s easy to walk to the famous Fifth Avenue, shows, and shopping. Don’t miss the Time Warner Center either!
I hope this has been helpful for your singles trip to the Big Apple. And if you’re a big traveler, you might want to check out our travel guide to San Francisco for singles too!
Lots of Love,
Dina Colada is a contributing author at Secure Single LLC. You can connect with her at DinaColada.com for loads of dating advice and profile makeovers or on Instagram.