It’s hard to live in New York and not fantasize about your dream property or dream neighborhood. Whether you are wandering around the city or commuting to work, there are many jaw-dropping properties at every corner. 

StreetEasy’s search data has determined which neighborhoods have had the most searches year-to-date for Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Despite the ever-evolving New York City housing market, these neighborhoods have stood the test of time for a reason – and make for some great daydreaming:


All five of these Downtown neighborhoods are “real estate goals” for most buyers or renters. These neighborhoods feature quintessential New York staples like Gramercy Park, shopping in SoHo, easy access to the West Side Highway and the parks along the Hudson River.

We love this two-bedroom rental in the heart of SoHo, and this jaw-dropping triplex penthouse in Tribeca – neighboring some of these top locations.


Brooklyn saw a surge of activity during the pandemic, which has still not totally cooled off. Many Manhattanites flocked to the outer borough for more space and a change of scenery. 

If you’re looking to land a gorgeous rental in Brooklyn, Platinum has you covered with this Boerum Hill two-bedroom apartment – situated between Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. 

If you’re interested in kicking off a rental or sale search in one of these highly sought-after neighborhoods, contact us today to be paired with an agent who is a neighborhood expert in your desired area.