Our Favorite New York City Neighborhood Blogs

Last week we shared some good evergreen NYC neighborhood guides. After a quick read of one, or all, you should have a pretty good idea of the main New York hoods in addition to some outside charmers.

Once you’ve decided where you think you want to live, though, it’d be a good idea to get to know your proposed neighborhood even better. Doing a thorough walk-around is always the best choice, but if you’re currently living elsewhere and can’t make the trip — might I suggest some neighborhood-focused blogs?

Curbed NY has a Manhattan and specific neighborhood editions like Long Island City, Williamsburg, and beyond. It can be somewhat real estate based, but also has helpful rental tips.

Gothamist has more general NYC stories but you can search by neigborhood. Today there’s a story about pizza soon-to-be-served in cone form! Unfortunately, there’s also an article about how unemployment is now at 10.6%…the highest rate in 33 years.

If you’re looking into avoiding the Manhattan scene, Brooklyn Based will help you find all of Brooklyn’s secrets. The email-based free service provides a weekly tip-sheet in addition to longer editorial pieces. They profile both hot and lesser known neighborhoods to give really well balanced perspective.

Finally, if the above aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for info and you have some time on your hands check out www.nycbloggers.com/ It provides access to 6,204 blogs — though only a few of the blogs are still current. It’s kinda like a blog museum…one of the ones I clicked on had its last post title as Can Kerry Carry in ’04.

If you know of any other good NYC neighborhood blogs, let me know!

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  1. Avatar Richard Smiraldi

    I do love a good neighborhood blog. It makes me feel “in the loop.” But I also wanted to pass on to you some useful apartment hunting information that I learned while living in the streets, hovels, subway platforms, and doorways of Manhattan – how to find a cheap place to live in the city. It isn’t a neighborhood blog – but it is about finding that space, so important for artists like me in our ever shrinking market of affordable digs. It’s free, it’s live and now it’s yours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgQYlSaRF_Q&list=LL8J2UHpXY51i_lofjT06k0w&feature=mh_lolz. I don’t make a dime of it, so I hope you don’t think this spam. I just want to help poor unfortunates like myself able to find cheap places to live in Manhattan. :D Rich