NoLita (North Of Little Italy) is one of few areas in New York to completely retain its character and charm despite gentrification going on all around. Full of pre-war brownstones, trendy cafés, chic restaurants, authentic pizzerias, and outstanding shopping, the area is where you go if you’re in the know. Affluent, young, creative-types stroll through its streets, walking into high-end-stores at their own pace, looking for a new pair of $350 sneakers and a $70 t-shirt to match. It’s the kind of place where people take their time and, in a Parisian-like-manner, actually stop at cafés for an espresso along the way.
Just north of NoLita, NoHo (North of Houston) is a small downtown area that has become synonymous with luxury and style. High-end apartment buildings on Bond Street, trendy restaurants on Lafayette, nightlife on Great Jones, and fitness studios throughout make the area the perfect location for those in the know (and those with a lot of disposable income). Despite the area’s emergence as one of New York’s see and be seen neighborhoods, NoHo has been able to stay relatively low-key and laid back, which makes it all the more desirable.