NEW YORK

RED HOOK

This once rough and tumble industrial and maritime neighborhood has become a haven for artists, musicians and assorted creative-types who’ve graduated from Williamsburg and the LES. The hometown of Interscope Records’ founder Jimmy Iovine, whose father was a longshoreman, and some of New York’s most infamous gangsters, including “Crazy” Joe Gallo, immortalized in the Bob Dylan song “Joey.”

BED STUY

This iconic Brooklyn hood is known for its historic brownstones, long-running corner stores and rich heritage. A series of murals emblazoned throughout the neighborhood pay tribute to some of its most famous residents, including The Notorious B.I.G., who drew inspiration from the train stations, diners and barbershops on Fulton Street to create some of the most influential rap lyrics of all time.

BENSONHURST

This historically Jewish and Italian neighborhood in the southwestern part of Brooklyn is home to the second-highest concentration of foreign-born residents in the city. Its tree-lined streets are a hodgepodge of Chinese restaurants, Russian diners and old timey pizza parlors—including neighborhood institution Lenny’s Pizza, made famous in the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever.

PARK SLOPE

Arguably the poshest of Brooklyn hoods, Park Slope is known for its elegant brownstones, charming cafes and stroller-friendly streets. Home to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Prospect Park, which served as a training ground for some of baseball’s greatest players, including hall of famers Sandy Koufax and Whitey Ford. From 1898 to 1912, Park Slope’s Washington Park was home to a major league baseball team that would later become known as The Dodgers

MONTAUK

Known by many Long Island residents as “The End,” this small beach hamlet at the easternmost tip of the island is often referred to as the Anti-Hamptons, boasting all the sun and surf of its bougier neighbor with less pretension—and better lobster rolls. Montauk’s sandy beaches and tight-knit charm have made it an enduring summer hideaway for New York elite, from Andy Warhol to Ralph Lauren, Robert De Niro and Paul Simon.

FLUSHING

This diverse Queens neighborhood is the epicenter of sports in New York boasting Citi Field, home of The New York Mets and the USTA National Tennis Center which plays host to the storied U.S. Open Tennis Championships. A foodie’s paradise, Flushing is the go-to spot for dim sum in NYC, with a bustling Chinatown many argue rivals Manhattan’s.

HOLLIS

The Bronx may be the birthplace of hip hop, but Hollis is the hood that helped put the genre on the map. This small neighborhood in east Queens was the childhood home of some of hip hop’s trailblazers, including Russell Simmons, Jam Master Jay, Ja Rule and LL Cool J. Run-DMC, widely considered one of the most influential acts in hip hop, played their first show in Hollis Park, igniting a movement that would launch hip hop into the commercial mainstream.

ST. GEORGE

This historic district is the gateway to Staten Island and the first hood to greet passengers as they disembark from the famous Staten Island Ferry. St. George was the stomping grounds of legendary hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, who dubbed the island “Shaolin” after the 1983 kung-fu film Shaolin and Wu Tang.

GREAT KILLS

Located on Staten Island’s South Shore, this quaint, family-friendly suburb is the kind of place where families settle for generations on end—and you can find a pizza parlor or Italian restaurant on almost every street. Among its biggest draws is the 580-acre Great Kills Park, where local kids fly model airplanes against a backdrop of Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

CONCOURSE

Home to world-famous Yankee Stadium, this South Bronx neighborhood is synonymous with baseball. With the exception of a brief period in the 1970s, The New York Yankees have played in Concourse since 1923 when Babe Ruth christened the field with a three-run homer, earning the stadium its most enduring nickname: “The House That Ruth Built.”

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