NY Q&A: What’s Your Favorite NYC Neighborhood?

February 8, 2012 Updated: February 13, 2012

New York has a diverse culture and each area of the city has unique characteristics that attract people from all different backgrounds. Recently, an Epoch Times reporter asked New Yorkers, “What is your favorite New York City neighborhood?

Natalia Gozina, 26, Upper Eastside, student

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Natalia Gozina, Upper Eastside, Student (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

“I really like Bryant Park because it has a lot less noise and you can relax. If you need to think about things, it is a great place to spend time by yourself. It is a beautiful place, like an oasis in Manhattan. It is small, not like Central Park, so I really like it.”

Richard Goemaat, 33, London, Visiting for business

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Richard Goemaat, London, Visiting for business (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

“I have only been here on business, so my experience in New York is quite limited. However, I think possibly my favorite area so far is probably sitting on this bench right here [in Madison Square Park]. And with the view you have of the Empire State Building, it is quite a peaceful area. Obviously, you’ve got Times Square, but it is very busy there, a lot of people. It is nice, but we get that in London too, so this is quite a nice peaceful area.”

Sara Webber, 21, Alphabet City (East Village), Student

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Sara Webber, Alphabet City (East Village), student (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

“I like the East Village because there are a lot of students. Well, both East and West Village are both artsy and fun. I have been living here for four years, and it is where I hang out. There are a lot of different venues, and the whole scene in The Village is what I like overall.

Fitz Boyce, 41, Brooklyn, Telecommunications

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Fitz Boyce, Brooklyn, Telecommunications (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

“That is a hard question. Wow, that is a very hard question. I would say probably the Union Square area. Because it is a mixture of the different parts of New York—you have parks, you have the nightlife, stores—it is a combination of a lot of different things that makes New York great.”

Bill Tompkins, 48, Long Island, Sales

“Central Park, because it is beautiful there. Maybe not so much in the winter, but in the spring, summer, and fall it is nice.”