Nolita is another tiny neighborhood tucked into lower Manhattan. Its name comes from its location – "North of Little Italy" – and it's the hipper, more mellow version of its neighbor to the south. In fact, the singer David Bowie, who was the king of cool, used to live here with his wife, Iman. Other celebs still cruise its streets and people watching here is a professional sport.
During the day, people frequent the low key restaurants and coffee shops on its tree-lined streets. This is also a trendy shopping district full of stylish boutiques, pop-ups, art galleries, and unique stores like the independent McNally Jackson bookstore. There is also plenty of nightlife, ranging from dive bars to upscale lounges, but this remains a quiet area thanks to its more mature population.
Despite the cool factor, this neighborhood has a friendly, cozy community vibe. It appeals to families, professionals, and singles alike. It's also the core of the Australian expat community in New York with several Australian-run businesses.
Wall Street: 2 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 15-20 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 3 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 7 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit