If you want to stay informed about what’s going on in your Manhattan neighborhood, one of the best places to get that information is through a neighborhood blog. Unlike larger websites, these blogs deliver hyper-local news and are written by people who live in the neighborhood. Below are our top picks for Lower Manhattan, as well as a few favorites from around the island.
Best Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Blogs
A longtime favorite, EV Grieve keeps East Village residents up to date on everything happening in this Lower Manhattan enclave. This is a great resource for news about restaurants, real estate, festivals, special events and much more. The blog frequently appears on “Best of” lists and is one you should definitely check out.
Those living in the Lower East Side turn to Bowery Boogie when they want to know what’s up. It covers lifestyle and news, and is known for its hard-hitting stories written in a witty style.
Another Lower East Side staple, the award-winning The Lo-Down was created to chronicle the daily news of this diverse neighborhood. It’s quick to break local news stories and is often cited by larger publications such as The New York Times and Politico.
Washington Square Park Blog
For all the latest news in and around Washington Square Park, turn to the Washington Square Park Blog. This a great site for news about the park as well as things happening in Greenwich Village.
The Tribeca Citizen was created by a former editor-in-chief of Budget Travel magazine as a way to learn more about his eclectic neighborhood. They cover everything from construction and crime to culture and community news.
SoHo Grand Hotel Blog
For round-ups of the best food, shopping, art and culture in and around SoHo, read the SoHo Grand Hotel Blog. If you want to stay on top of the latest lifestyle topics and happenings in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods, be sure to check it out.
Downtown Post NYC
Though not technically a blog, Downtown Post NYC is a twice-weekly free newsletter and companion website that breaks stories happening in Lower Manhattan. Readers love that they can find information here that isn’t found anywhere else, including posts about history, politics, real estate and locals.
Other Notable Manhattan Neighborhood Blogs
West Side Rag
When you’re feeling adventurous and want to head uptown, find out what’s happening on the West Side Rag. Dedicated to all things Upper West Side, you’ll find a calendar of events chock-full of things to do as well as recent openings and closings.
2nd Avenue Sagas
If you ride the subway (and who doesn’t?), then you definitely need to visit 2nd Avenue Sagas. This site is the best place for news and commentary about the NYC subway system and MTA. Though it was started to follow the progress of the Second Avenue subway, it now covers everything related to underground transit.
Last but not least, we want to give a shout out to Ephemeral NY. This blog is dedicated to everything that once was and chronicles the city through its forgotten artifacts and relics of the past. There’s also a nice dose of present-day strangeness that gives New York City its distinctive character.