The Bronx area, on the mainland to the north of Manhattan, is the grittiest of the three areas, although its strategic location between the city and to better areas north is starting to bring some interest.Staten Island, a mainly-residential borough to the south, is connected to Manhattan by ferries and the Verrazano Narrows bridge.An extensive public transit system with subways and buses serves the urban core and links the boroughs.
North and west is Hells Kitchen, in the “40’s” (most Manhattan area locations are so approximated by their east-west numbered streets) is an old ethnic area and warehouse district enjoying a residential renaissance, to soon be aided by an elevated bikeway and commercial corridor along an old rail line.
Times Square and the Theater District just west of Midtown contain the world-famous theaters and numerous restaurants.
The Upper West Side is dotted with large apartment buildings and is a favorite for working professionals and families.
Farther north above Central Park, neighborhoods start to decline, although Harlem is undergoing a rebirth.
White Plains is the largest city and a modern corporate center with large facilities for IBM and a number of companies relocating north from Manhattan.