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Updated 6/1/2020 with additional neighborhoods.

When many of us are asked to name a favorite neighborhood in New York City, the choice is often made based on architecture, local attractions, and access to the rest of the city. But how often do we give thought to the neighborhood names that fall off our tongues with little effort? New York's rich history dates back to before the Revolutionary War, and this comes out throughout the city.

If you're taking this time to learn something new, read up on the areas where your post-quarantine chapters might take place. Certain listings show an extra touch of civic pride with buildings or streets named after their neighborhoods.

Park-Slope-01 Park Slope via Douglas Elliman
Prospect Park is instrumental in Park Slope's designation as one of New York's family-friendliest places, and it played an equally strong role in the naming of the neighborhood. The "slope" comes from the noticeable uphill when travelling from nearby Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park.
343-Fourth-Avenue-01 All images of Novo via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Upon entry, guests are greeted with ample closet space as well as a utility closet for the in-unit laundry. The entry way unfolds into a modern, open format kitchen, which is punctuated with stone counter tops, generous custom dual tone cabinetry and storage with stainless steel appliances, including a large gas range, built-in microwave, and full-size dishwasher.The airy living room offers custom installed storage and ample space for dining and relaxing. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

For many years, the Lower East Side was one large, working-class stretch of Lower Manhattan. But starting in the 1960's, an influx of artists and a new creative class moved in to create a distinct culture. Savvy business owners seized on its close proximity to the nearby Greenwich Village (see below), and a new neighborhood was born.
254-East-7th-Street-01 All images of 254 East 7th Street via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Functional in its design and elegant in simplicity, this south-facing home's interior environment evokes an inspiring sense of craft and refinement that is quite unexpected in a 1910 Alphabet City walkup. Thoughtfully weaving eastern and western sensibilities, distinctive sliding fusuma walls define separate sleeping and study spaces, or open completely to unite them with the spacious living and dining floor plan as needed. The open chef's kitchen features stainless steel countertops and shelving, a Bertazzoni gas range & oven, and a hidden Blomberg refrigerator. See floor plan and full details here.

Lenox Hill via CityRealty
Between Bloomingdale's, a number of high-end restaurants and boutiques, the historic Lenox Hill Hospital, a residential building boom, and an abundance of new transportation options, it's hard to imagine Lenox Hill as being a quiet part of New York. And yet, in the early 19th century, what is now East 68th to 74th Streets between Park and Fifth Avenues was occupied by a 30-acre farm belonging to Robert Lenox, the namesake of the neighborhood to the east.
420-East-64th-Street-01 All images of The Royal York II via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Beautifully renovated home on the Upper East Side melds intelligent design with a classic footprint. Entertaining is made easy with a long entry foyer leading to a beautiful open living room with built-ins and sweeping southern exposure. Step further into the spacious separate dining room, which leads into a south-facing windowed kitchen with updated appliances. The master bedroom is a true oasis with a custom fitted closet and a marble en-suite and oversized glass shower. See floor plan and full details here.

To pass by New York's only private park and the gracious townhouses surrounding it, one would think Gramercy has always been a well-tended neighborhood. However, the area was once known as "Krom Moerasje," the Dutch for "small crooked swamp." Years later, when it became the home of one of New York's first city planning attempts, the name was Anglicized to "Gramercy Seat," from an Old English word meaning "many thanks."
300-East-23rd-Street-01 All images of Tempo via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Southeastern-facing apartment enjoys an abundance of natural light and a private balcony off the living room with enough room for a table and chairs. Interiors feature 10' ceilings, king-sized bedroom, central heating and cooling system, ample closet space, and in-unit washer/dryer. The open chef's kitchen comes outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

Brooklyn has experienced quite a renaissance in recent years, but investors have always embraced the borough's potential. Exhibit A: In 1802, real estate investor Richard Woodhull purchased a stretch of a farming village known as Bushwick Shores and named it Williamsburgh, in honor of its surveyor Jonathan Williams. We doubt they could have foreseen its eventual transformation in to the art, dining, and residential destination it has become today.
138-Broadway-01 All images of The Smith Grey via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Situated in one of Williamsburg's only cast iron buildings, this oversized loft is rich in details like newly refinished hardwood flooring, exposed brick, the wood beam ceiling, and cast-iron columns. The expansive living space has the perfect layout to designate a dining area fit to host big dinner parties alongside a tremendous living room offering enough lounging to suit the whole crew. The master bedroom boasts a wall of exposed brick, gorgeous steel beam, customized walk-in closet, and luxurious en suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Inwood-01 Inwood via CityRealty
A recent rezoning has attracted attention to Inwood beyond Upper Manhattan, but the name was bestowed on the neighborhood in 1864, years after the Hudson River Railroad breathed new life into what was once a sleepy fishing village. Some would have preferred the name "Kingsbridge Heights," but all agreed that "Tubby Hook," as it was previously known because of the tub-like outline of an inlet, wasn't going to cut it in this new age.
77-Park-Terrace-East-01 All images of 77 Park Terrace East via Keller Williams
From the listing:
Enter the apartment through a gracious foyer that can be used as a dining area of home office. Then step down into the spacious sunken living area that looks out on unobstructed views over Park Terrace East. To the right of the entryway, you'll find a separate, windowed kitchen lovingly updated with granite countertops, stainless steel dishwasher and stove, plenty of cabinets and a bonus pantry. The corner master bedroom easily fits a king-sized bed and has two windows bringing in plenty of natural light. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

DUMBO-01 DUMBO via CityRealty
Before the acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass was coined, the neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges was known as Olympia (a name dating back to the late 18th century) or considered to be part of Vinegar Hill. However, as artists moved into the abandoned industrial buildings along the waterfront, the new name stuck and the area made the transition to residential.
205-Water-Street-01 All images of 205 Water Street via Sotheby's
From the listing:
This spectacular home features new hardwood flooring, 10'+/- ceilings, four oversized south facing double gazed metal framed windows that are quiet, energy efficient and provides plenty of sunshine and natural light. The open chef's kitchen has an abundance of cabinet and counter space and is highlighted with Luce de Luna Quartzite countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. The en-suite master bedroom features a large custom fitted walk-in closet and the en-suite master bath is highlighted with Carrera marble countertops, Italian porcelain tiles, built in storage and a rain shower. See floor plan and full details here.

Turtle-Bay-01 Turtle Bay via The Corcoran Group
This section of Manhattan is now known for its stately townhouses and the United Nations Headquarters, but it was originally a piece of farmland bequeathed by the Dutch government in 1639. To see the numerous reptilian inhabitants of the creek running through Turtle Bay Farmland, one might naturally assume they inspired its name. However, the Turtle Bay Association has suggested that it was taken from "deutal," a Dutch word for "bent blade" that the bay resembled.
333-East-43rd-Street-01 All images of The Manor via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
All day sun illuminates a handsome one-bedroom apartment atop the Manor. The generous entrance hall leads to a large sunny living room centered by a charming decorative mantel. The well-designed kitchen is adjacent to a dining area within the living room. The bedroom is ample and sunlit with two good-sized closets and a large windowed bath en-suite. Period oak floors and prewar detail proliferate. See floor plan and full details here.

Fort-Greene-01 Fort Greene via CityRealty
Fort Greene is now home to some of Brooklyn's most attractive architecture and green space, but it was home to a simple earthen fort during the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. It was constructed by Nathaneal Greene, a Major General in the Continental Army and one of George Washington's most trusted officers.
154-Lafayette-Avenue-01 All images of 154 Lafayette Avenue via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Located in the heart of Fort Greene's historic landmark district, this pre-war two-bedroom has every possible checklist requirement desired by a homeowner - Old World charm, modern amenities, spacious interior and decked outdoor garden. Boasting a newly renovated kitchen featuring the highest-end appliances, beautiful cabinetry, and spacious granite countertops, this entertaining kitchen offers plenty of space. The newly renovated bathroom has modern fixtures including an oversized stall shower. See floor plan and full details here.

Plaza-District-01 The Plaza District via Douglas Elliman
Located in a rarefied stretch of Midtown East, the Plaza District was named in honor of the world-famous hotel next to Central Park on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. Boundary definitions differ, but brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield has placed them from 47th Street to 65th Street, and from Seventh Avenue to the East River.
465-Park-Avenue-01 All images of Ritz Tower via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Available for only the second time since 1926, this opulent space features three open exposures (north, east and south) restored black casement glass doors and windows, 10'6" ceilings, with cerused white oak flooring in a herringbone pattern, and custom built-in shelving and storage alongside a EuroCave premium wine cooler. The ultra-modern kitchen has marble countertops, stainless steel back-splash, chic lime lacquered cabinets, and top-of-the-line appliances from Bosch. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

Spuyten-Duyvil-01 Spuyten Duyvil via Halstead
In the present day, Spuyten Duyvil offers the best of both worlds with peaceful waterfront homes within commuting distance of Midtown Manhattan. But in its early days, the creek's turbulent currents and deaths of people trying to swim it inspired its Dutch name, which can be pronounced to mean either "the devil's whirlpool" or "to spite the devil."
640-West-231st-Street-01 All images of The Fairfield via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
This apartment offers a renovated, windowed eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, tile floor and beautiful wood cabinets. Additional features include windowed renovated bathrooms, dining foyer with build-in cabinet, six closets, beautiful wood floors, and high ceilings. The Fairfield is a pet-friendly building with shared laundry room and storage. See floor plan and full details here.

Murray Hill Streetscape (CityRealty)
Murray Hill is named in honor of Robert Murray, an 18th-century shipping tycoon who rented land from the city for a large house and farm on what is now Park Avenue and East 36th Street. This was a relatively isolated area at the time, but centuries to come brought several offices, museums, and diplomatic missions to the neighborhood. Recent years have also seen a wave of residential interest.
201-East-36th-Street-01 All images of Murray Hill Terrace via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Move right into this sunny and fully renovated five-room condo in Murray Hill! 9A is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment featuring ample closet space and smart storage throughout. Upon entering, you're greeted with a spacious foyer that flows directly into the living room, which includes a Sonos surround system, while a separate dining room leads to the windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

SoHo New York SoHo (CityREalty)
We tend to think of neighborhoods with trendy portmanteau names as modern affectations (ahem, Nolita), but the trend goes back to the 1960’s with Soho among the leaders of the charge. Urban planner Chester Rapkin coined the name in The South Houston Industrial Area Study, naming the area “South of Houston Street.” The name brings a bustling section of London to mind, but the New York neighborhood has emerged as a destination in its own right.
311-West-Broadway-01 All images of Soho Mews via Elliman
From the listing:
A gracious gallery welcomes you into the bright, 26-foot wide great room with Western exposures onto West Broadway. Adjacent to the entertaining space is the large semi-open kitchen showcasing custom Valcucine Striated Elm and smoked glass Italian cabinetry, Jet Mist granite countertops, and is complete with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele oven and dishwasher, and Gaggenau cooktop with vented hood. The well-proportioned master suite overlooks the building's private courtyard and features two closets, including a large walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

Hamilton Heights (CityRealty)
This now-bustling stretch of Upper Manhattan was once a quiet area of mansions and estates, which was probably a factor in Founding Father Alexander Hamilton choosing it as a setting for The Grange, his Federal-style mansion. The extension of the subway line at the end of the 19th century ushered in a flurry of new housing, and a certain musical was probably instrumental in bringing it to the attention of today’s buyers.
479-West-152nd-Street-01 All images of Hamilton Park via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Bright, sunny, wide-open views teamed with high ceilings are the hallmarks of this fully renovated corner apartment. Eight large windows with gracious curves offer three exposures; south, east and west. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances including: a Bosch dishwasher, a Bosch oven and a Bosch microwave with a Twist Air refrigerator. FaceTime appointments are available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

Carroll Gardens (CityRealty)
Contrary to what Hamilton Heights (see above) and Washington Heights would make some think, Upper Manhattan does not have a monopoly on Revolutionary heroes. Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, led a regiment that tried to regain a strategically placed farmhouse near what is now Gowanus Canal. The assault failed, but Mr. Carroll was not forgotten: Later centuries would see a South Brooklyn street named after him, then a park, and then an entire neighborhood.
42-Carroll-Street-01 All images of 42 Carroll Street via Compass
From the listing:
This large garden apartment just underwent a top to bottom renovation, and there is nothing to do but move right in. The huge private backyard has a new privacy fence and gravel base, perfect for entertaining and outdoor living. An oversized laundry closet provides space for chores and additional storage. Wonderfully situated, this home is steps from many fine restaurants and shops and a quick walk to the F & G trains. See floor plan and full details here.

Chelsea03 (CityRealty)
Before the Revolutionary War, retired British Major Thomas Clarke bought 94 acres of land between what is now West 21st through West 24th Streets, from the Hudson River to the current Eighth Avenue. He named his new estate after a veteran’s hospital in London. Indeed, as the centuries passed, the New York neighborhood would come to have quite a bit in common with its British counterpart including a reputation as an artists’ enclave, housing the height of fashion, and jaw-dropping real estate.
365-West-20th-Street-01 All images of Chelsea Court Tower via Eastpointe Residential
From the listing:
Every pre-war detail is maintained in excellent condition with a mix of modern amenities. Pre-war architectural details include vintage glass transoms, high beamed ceilings, and original fixtures. Eleven windows throughout the home provide southern, western, and northern exposures, allowing for abundant light throughout the day. This well-planned two bedroom home features an open living and dining floor plan. See floor plan and full details here.

Greenwich Village
Back when New York was still known as New Amsterdam, this stretch of Lower Manhattan was dubbed “Groenwijck,” the Dutch for “pine district,” in a nod to what was once, as surprising as it may sound now, a rural setting. The name was later anglicized to “Greenwich,” but many of us simply call it “the Village” today.
155-West-11th-Street-01 All images of Greenwich Lane via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows paired with South, North, and East exposures welcome the residence with warm sunlight throughout the day. The eat-in chef's kitchen is a culinary dream: unequivocally massive and lined with custom-paneled cabinetry and appliances by iconic brand-names Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele. See floor plan and full details here.

Harlem (CityRealty)
In 1658, the settlement of Nieuw Haarlem was founded by Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of what was then the colony of New Netherland. The English would later name the colony New York after capturing it from the Dutch, yet this neighborhood's name was left largely unchanged. The British burned the neighborhood to the ground during the Revolutionary War, but it has come back in leaps and bounds, and is considered by some to be experiencing another Harlem Renaissance.
40-West-116th-Street-01 All images of Kalahari Harlem via Compass
From the listing:
This bright and very quiet northern exposure apartment over-looking the courtyard is in excellent move-in condition. Featuring a spacious living/dining room; bedroom large enough to accommodate a queen-size bedroom set; a sizable bathroom with very generous cabinet storage; a fully equipped kitchen with open breakfast bar, granite counters including a built in GE microwave with fan and dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

When settlers first came to this stretch of what is now the Upper West Side, it was dubbed Vandewater Heights in honor of Dutch landowner Hermon Vandewater. Hundreds of years later, as institutions like Columbia University, Teacher's College, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and St. Luke's Hospital bought property throughout the area, a debate sprang up about whether to call this emergent neighborhood "Morningside Heights" or "Cathedral Heights." Use of the former would eventually win out among locals, and even Team Cathedral Heights must concede that this name flows off the tongue better than "The Acropolis of the New World," as some 19th-century scholars dubbed it.
100-La-Salle-Street-01 All images of Morningside Gardens via Elliman
From the listing:
This spacious and sun-flooded alcove studio on the second floor has charming eastern and southern treetop views overlooking the beautiful and lush gardens. This apartment is in good move-in condition and is large enough to make a separate sleeping area! It also features a big windowed kitchen with eating nook plus new cabinetry, extra-high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout and wonderful closets (three in total). See floor plan and full details here.

Vernon-Tower-01 Astoria vistas via PACS
Starting in the middle of the 17th century, this riverfront stretch of what is now Queens was originally known as Hallet's Cove in honor of its first landowner. Centuries later, fur merchant Stephen Halsey appealed to the state legislature to name the area in honor of John Jacob Astor, in the hopes that this would persuade the wealthiest man in America to invest in the neighborhood. Mr. Astor only invested $500, and never actually set foot in the neighborhood named after him, but the name stuck thanks to the efforts of his supporters and friends. (Let's pause here to say we hope the current president isn't taking note of this.)
24-75-38th-Street-01 All images of Astoria Lights via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
This home features a spacious, modern living environment where time seems to slow down, awash in light and infused with history. The living room connects with the kitchen and flows from extra-wide foyer. The windowed, open kitchen maximizes storage. A streamlined palette of light finishes and textures amplifies space and celebrates the culinary experience. See floor plan and full details here.

Purchased from its indigenous inhabitants in the 17th century, this sprawling, hilly section of Brooklyn was originally known as "Crow Hill" in reference to the numerous black birds that roosted at the area's highest peak. When Crown Street was extended in 1916, the name "Crown Heights" was adopted. Mentalfloss muses on why they didn't make an easier change with "Crown Hill," but the neighborhood's residents don't seem to object.
601-Crown-Street-01 All images of Brooklyn Crown Condominiums via Keller Williams
From the listing:
This beautifully renovated pre-war apartment features red oak floors throughout, a spacious living room, a windowed kitchen with quartz counter tops, glass-tiled back splash and stainless-steel appliances which include a microwave, stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. The unit also features a sparkling new bathroom and recessed lighting. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

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