The best neighborhoods and areas to sleep in New York: my advice

New York is boundless, and everyone knows that. When planning a trip to the largest city in the East Coast, it is crucial to choose a well-located hotel and I assure you that the areas that can be considered “optimally positioned” are so many. So it is not necessary to fossilize around Times Square.

Reasoning for those who go to New York as a tourist , you have to put in your head that “things not to be missed” are scattered between Manhattan, some neighborhoods of Brooklyn, some gem in Queens and the Bronx and Staten Island just for those who already have a good experience (or maybe takes particularly to visit the less touristic borough of the city). This makes it clear that, moving with the subway, what matters is having a subway station not far away, not being an hour away from Midtown Manhattan and spending the right (help!).

Now let’s look at some areas that I have had the opportunity to test on my many trips to New York (I never get tired of going).

  • 1 Midtown Manhattan
    • 1.1 The ideal neighborhood for those who want to be in the heart of the sightseeing tour
  • 2 Chelsea, Manhattan
    • 2.1 The ideal district for art, history and location
  • 3 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    • 3.1 The ideal neighborhood to be outside the box
  • 4 Greenwich Village and West Village, Manhattan
    • 4.1 The ideal neighborhood for tranquility and authenticity
  • 5 Upper West Side, Manhattan
    • 5.1 The ideal neighborhood for families
  • 6 East Village, Manhattan
    • 6.1 The ideal neighborhood to be away from sightseeing
  • 7 SoHo & Tribeca, Manhattan
    • 7.1 The ideal district for culture and shopping


Midtown Manhattan

The ideal neighborhood for those who want to be in the heart of the sightseeing tour

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Midtown Manhattan is the neighborhood that stretches from what may be considered its heart, Times Square. The area is quite large and includes areas of total chaos (Times Square and the immediate surroundings), quieter and more anonymous areas (Hells Kitchen), pleasant areas (Brynt Park and Herald Square) and the fashionable Fifth Avenue.

Why go

Midtown has the great merit of being probably as unspeakable as the “most central center” of Manhattan (excuse the pun). In addition to being undoubtedly impactful, with its lights, its skyscrapers and its shops, here you have everything at your fingertips and just a few minutes on foot or by subway to reach most of the main attractions. If you have a good budget to spend you can aspire to very chic hotels.

Why not go

The whole area does not have its own soul because it is really too commercial and touristy. I do not deny that many of the main attractions not to be missed are in these parts but I am convinced that there are definitely cooler neighborhoods to stay.
The streets are chaotic, the restaurants are more touristy and the less expensive hotels are often very vintage (to put it mildly): I have not slept in Midtown for years. Too expensive and without personality.

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Chelsea, Manhattan

The ideal neighborhood for art, history and location

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Chelsea is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of New York, if I can try to stay here (or Williamsburg) because it is a very pleasant, practical area with a strong personality. What once was a gray neighborhood born on the spoils of a severe industrial crisis is now reborn and houses the city’s best art galleries, cafes, markets and the High Line.

Why go

For an authentic and fulfilling experience, even for the accommodation area. Chelsea is lively, true and does not need to appear. Going out in the evening you will find many bars where you can have a drink, you can walk in the mornings of the weekend without getting overwhelmed by the crowd.

Why not go

I can not find a real reason not to go: maybe because all the accommodations are already full? Joking aside, the area is obviously very expensive (to find one that is not in New York you have to go to the suburbs) and hotels are often not brand new. But I would go anyway.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The ideal neighborhood to be outside the box

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I immediately play my other favorite neighborhood, I’m talking about Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Even this area, like Chelsea, was reborn after decades of neglect: here there were factories, it was an industrial area; today everything has been restored, leaving this soul intact. Williamsburg is the hipster neighborhood of New York, a few big chains, many shops and bars.

Why go

Among the most central areas, Williasmbug is perhaps the most authentic one, given its marked refusal to adapt to the rest. Among eccentric bars, markets and breweries, Williamsburg kidnaps the heart of those who are not hunting for tourist attractions. But it’s really very close to Midtown and a few minutes away by metro is in Times Square. Prices are not low but much better than Midtown.

Why not go

I do not know, maybe if you do not appreciate the soul a bit ‘alternative and underground neighborhood, if you want the metro station under the hotel maybe Williamsburg is not for you. But I love it!

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Greenwich Village and West Village, Manhattan

The ideal neighborhood for tranquility and authenticity

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The adjacent Greenwich and West Village are home to celebrities, New York University students and artists from every field. A pleasant area, much quieter than others in Midtown and full of bars, cafes and boutiques. In addition to being mandatory to visit, it is also really good to be your home.

Why go

These neighborhoods are beautiful, relatively quiet and still very practical to visit the rest of the city.

Why not go

The high price is always one of the reasons that discourages more, for the rest here it is really good.

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Upper West Side, Manhattan

The ideal neighborhood for families


The Upper West Side of Manhattan is one of the quietest areas of the district: it is very pleasant and relaxing to walk through its wide streets surrounded by typical brownstone brick buildings .

Why go

The Upper West Side is elegant and quiet, close to museums like the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park.

Why not go

Prices are on average very high, both for accommodation and for eating. If you are hunting for nightlife this neighborhood is not for you.

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East Village, Manhattan

The ideal neighborhood to be out of sight seeing

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The East Village, located just east of Greenwich Village is probably one of the city’s most multi-ethnic neighborhoods, shaped by the strong immigration of Europeans (and others) of the first decades of the 20th century. Remained for decades on the edge of the city, almost never included in the tourist itineraries, the East Village is very appreciated today while remaining very authentic.

Why go

The East Village has several bars and clubs to spend the evening, it is well located and fairly quiet.

Why not go

You will have to take the hotel not too far from the subway (if you move with that), or walk there!

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SoHo & Tribeca, Manhattan

The ideal district for culture and shopping

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SoHo and Tribeca are two neighborhoods that can not miss in your itinerary. You have to go and get lost on their streets because there are no great attractions to visit but it is nice to walk through cobblestone streets topped by cast-iron buildings.
I only stayed in Soho once and I must say it is a very good solution, maybe less peaceful than others and maybe even slightly less practical.

Why go

They are neighborhoods rich in culture, especially TriBeca and also ideal for shopping, especially SoHo. With the subway you can easily reach every corner of the city.

Why not go

SoHo is full of tourists who crowd the beautiful boutiques of the area until closing time. Prices are high but this is a constant everywhere.

Where to book: click here for the best deals in Soho – click here for the best deals in Tribeca




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Does contraception taint the possibility of having a child?

Some women tend to be anxious especially when they have been taking contraceptives for many years. They wonder about their chances of having a child. It is important to note that the cycle will return to a classic operation.

It is possible to get pregnant quickly after this contraception

The choice of contraception should be made according to your needs , but know that the different methods will not have a negative impact on your cycle. The latter will have the opportunity to return to traditional operation. This will allow you to conceive a child, but patience is sometimes necessary. Indeed, after stopping, you may not have the ability to get pregnant the first few weeks.

Doctors suggest you wait almost two months before attempting this pregnancy

It may be wise to wait a few weeks, but some women may for example get ovulation seven days after stopping the pill. Health professionals share some recommendations regarding this desire for a child. They believe that it is necessary to wait almost two complete cycles to consider pregnancy . As a result, you may have a child two months after stopping this contraception. The delays are not universal, because some women will have to wait almost a year to establish a pregnancy while others will have more chances.

Generally, you only have to wait almost six months to hope for a child

According to some studies found on the web, nearly 75% of couples were able to fulfill their wishes in less than six months . In the most complex cases, it is wise to wait around one year, but this is usually 12% of women. Other factors enter this equation since the decrease in fertility is real because of age. The longer you wait, the more difficulty you will have in considering pregnancy. It is also better to chase away all negative emotions such as stress or anxiety, they can really hinder your chances of success.


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French Little Ice Cream Bellefontaine Makes Her Way At The American Giant HEB | Forbes France

In France, to sell your products in supermarkets, it takes years, investments are very different and you have plenty of time to go bankrupt before you notice


Do you imagine going to the Monoprix in your neighborhood with Tata Simone’s lemon pie and ask the store manager, who of course immediately opens the arms and shelves of his store, then those of the whole chain?

What would you say to young talents who want to go to the USA as you do?

Lucienne Duforets

You do not have to be motivated to come to the USA. You have to be DE-TER-MI-NÉ!

Your project must be mature and built. Success does not happen alone, you have to work hard and not get discouraged. It is also very lucky.

If I had listened to my surroundings, I would never have done anything. So trust your instincts and ignore conventional wisdom. One example is that getting an American visa is too complicated. False and arch-false. If your project is smart and credible, getting an investor visa takes very little time. My interview lasted 4 minutes top chrono!

Another thing: do not come to the USA because it’s fashionable. All French people want to come to America and all Americans dream of coming to France. So only come if it makes sense for your business

You won the HEB contest, what are the next steps for your brand?

Lucienne Duforets : This contest is the Texas miracle that continues. This victory will allow me to enter more than 200 supermarkets in Texas alone and halve the retail price, which will have a huge impact on future sales.

By offering me this prize, HEB also offers me the unconditional support of its teams ( sourcing , marketing, technical, logistical, financial and legal) in this, for 5 years minimum.

They decided to bet on the success of Bellefontaine , and began to promote at their own expense the brand in the media, etc … Bellefontaine will perhaps take over from Tony Parker, who has long embodied the emblem HEB in their ads ? Who knows ?

In return I must honor this opportunity that only happens once in the life of a company and so quickly. So again I roll up the sleeves.

The mediatization of this competition has also allowed to be noticed by other American juggernauts of the distribution. At this moment it’s madness!

Today, to advance and secure each stage of the growth of my company, the new challenge and the priority is to find funding to invest much larger premises in order to cope with future orders.

What do you think the American dream is?

Lucienne Duforets : I can not answer that question very honestly. By cons I can tell you what the dream Texan ….

I know of other glaciers that have settled in Florida or other states and have unfortunately failed very quickly. Here in Texas, there is an energy that I have not found anywhere else in the USA. The sense of hospitality and mutual help. A joie de vivre and a lot of simplicity.

The first question you are usually asked here is ” Tell me your story ” and the second one is always ” H o w can I help you ? “.

The company culture here is very different. People are proud to help you and contribute to your success as your success becomes theirs. In France we are absolutely not used to that. It’s a real culture shock. A positive shock! a shock that feels good!


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Should the tax wedge be eliminated that benefits the employees of large companies? | Forbes France

Do almost what they want


In fact the Urssaf have been applying tolerances for years. Thus for gift vouchers, it should not exceed 5% of the monthly ceiling of social security, or 166 euros.
But the calculation is done by event. Urssaf authorizes the donation of gift vouchers for births, weddings, mothers ‘and fathers’ holidays, back to school, Christmas, but also the Saint-Nicolas … One limit: that the employee is concerned by the event . Thus the check back to school must be reserved for employees with children attending school.
Another sensitive subject is disguised remuneration in the form of loans. The works council can lend money to an employee or an elected representative in need or even pay his water or electricity bills. The Urssafs control the actual repayment of the loan.

A tax niche at 1.5 million euros

According to a report of the Court of Accounts quite old, this tax exemption costs more than 1.4 billion euros to the state, distributed in the 33,000 or so works councils of the territory.

Several governments have tried to stop it. The most recent was the Minister Michel Sapin in 2016. He had to back down against lobbies including tourism that agitates the specter of the removal of thousands of jobs in tourism.

An amendment to the Draft Social Security Budget for 2019 – already adopted at first reading by the National Assembly – comes back to the charge. It provides that beyond 331 euros per year and per employee (or 662 euros if the employee has at least one child), the amount of assistance will be subject to both employer contributions and income tax. This new device should have emerged from 1 January. But faced with the anger of unions and social tourism actors, the government has decided not to touch the “grisbi” of works councils .

It must be said that the sling of tourism professionals is all the stronger as holiday checks will also cost more next year. But to the providers, this time.

Holiday voucher

Holiday vouchers have been created to help families go on holidays, weekends and leisure activities (sports, museums, opera).

They are published by the National Agency for Holiday Vouchers (ANCV) which gives them to the Works Council – or to the employer (company with less than 50 employees) – which distributes them to employees. The latter then use these titles to pay for accommodation, transport, catering or even holiday and leisure activities in France, but also abroad. The principle of holiday vouchers is similar to that of lunch vouchers: the employee participates in their payment just like the employer or the works council.

150% increase in holiday check commissions

Until now, issuing a holiday check cost 1% on issue and 1% on use. In fact, the service provider who received the check was reimbursed by the National Agency for Holiday Checks (ANCV) for a commission of 1%. But during the summer, a decree taken without consultation with the professionals concerned increased the commission rate of the National Agency for Holiday Vouchers (ANCV) on tourism and leisure providers, when reimbursing holiday vouchers. 1% to 2.5%. And this from 1 January 2019. This increase of 150% will affect 200 000 tourism and leisure providers having an agreement with the ANCV.
A decision that could greatly reduce the number of providers accepting the holiday voucher, make it more difficult for companies to accept it and ultimately penalize recipients of holiday vouchers.

The Government finally gave up taxing the subsidies paid by the Works Councils on Tuesday



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New York: location of the films set in the Big Apple

New York has always been the background to the most beautiful stories

Each corner is so surprising and at the same time familiar because it is the location of many films.
We’re not just talking about the Empire State Building in King Kong , or the window of Tiffany on 5th Avenue where Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) had breakfast, but many other places in the Big Apple, the undisputed protagonists of the big screen.

Clearly almost every place in Manhattan and the other Boroughs has been immortalized on film and it is practically impossible to talk about all the locations ( here you find several). Starting from Times Square , not to mention Wall Street , 5th Avenue or Central Park , present in almost every film set in New York, the Big Apple is portrayed in every corner and this takes us even more passion and desire to visit it.

But New York is not as it appears in the movies … it’s much better!

Here are some of the most interesting places in NYC-based films.

Serendipity 3



225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, United States

Surely you will remember Serendipity , one of the most romantic films set in Manhattan. The place where Jonathan and Sara go after having a fight for a glove from Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and Lexington Ave) is Serendipity 3 , very famous not only for this film but also for being in the Guinness Book of Records for the expensive dessert from $ 1000. The Serendipity 3, open for more than 60 years , has always enjoyed a certain notoriety, not only because locations of movies and TV series (such as Gossip Girls and Girls) but also because it has always been frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol , Marilyn Monroe and Jaqueline Kennedy .

Holly Golightely’s apartment


 169 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021, United States

Breakfast at Tiffany is perhaps one of the most famous films shot in the Big Apple. In the film based on the short novel by Truman Capote , Manhattan is the background to the crazy life of Holly Golightely, played by a beautiful Audrey Hepburn. His messy apartment where she and Paul meet for the first time is at 169 E. 71st St.

Katz’s Delicatessen


205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States

Another symbol of the romcom set in New York is Katz’s Delicatessen . Their specialty is pastrami , a dish from Eastern Europe based on meat and spices that is very popular in the States. In this place was shot one of the most famous scenes of Harry I introduce you Sally , remember?



American Museum of Natural History



Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, United States

The Museum of Natural History is certainly not famous just because of the movie set Una Notte al Museo . With over 36 million pieces, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the most important in the world. In the film Ben Stiller finds out thanks to his work as custodian of the great secret of AMNH: during the night everything comes to life and every work and installation inside it comes alive creating frantic and fun situations. In reality the museum is not so lively and chaotic but it is not less interesting for this.
The protagonist of both the film and the museum is the skeleton of Barosaurus , located at the entrance and 17 meters high. The museum as well as having great cultural relevance is also very technological and interactive; this is the visit even more informative and entertaining, even for the little ones.

Riverside Park



Upper West Side, New York, United States

Riverside Park is a magical place for the most romantic, famous because it is the setting for the final scene of C’è Post @ for you . This park overlooks the Hudson River , the river that separates Manhattan from New Jersey. It is not surprising that it was chosen as the location for the kiss among the protagonists: in addition to being very impressive for its position and its view, the park is teeming with colorful flowers . Manhattan is the perfect backdrop to this romantic love story, for example the small and characteristic Kathleen bookshop is located at 100 W 69th St and today is a laundry.

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The Riverside Park in New York

Hotel Plaza



768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States

Even the beautiful Hotel Plaza was set of countless films like Mum, I replied the plane, I got lost in New York , where our Kevin meets the current president of the United States, My Best Enemy , The Great Gatsby , not by chance there is a room dedicated to Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, Insomnia d’Amore , Nude Walk In the Park and many others. This sumptuous palace was built at the beginning of the 20th century on 5th Avenue and since then has been a place of history, cinema and literature.

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