Acronyms of NYC: Neighborhood Nicknames

upper west side

I realize I’ve been using lots of nicknames/acronyms for New York City neighborhoods in the blog, so I am placing this little guide here for your future reference. You New Yorkers know all of these already, and spit them out swiftly on the daily. Those who don’t live here don’t know what we’re saying…so here it is. Acronyms of NYC: The Neighborhood Nicknames edition:

UWS: Upper West Side. The ‘hood that’s full of history, old people, families and rich people. Oh, and me.

central park

LES: Lower East Side. The hippest of the neighborhoods in Manhattan. SO MANY GOOD BARS AND RESTAURANTS AND COOL GRAFFITI.

TriBeCa: Triangle Below Canal Street. Yep, look on a map. It’s literally a triangle. Taylor Swift and Target live here.

DUMBO: Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Very trendy. I hear the toilets churn the opposite way here…

FiDi: Financial District. The boringest of locations. Maybe a place to find your future Wall Street husband or wife – LOLZ.

SoHo: South of Houston Street. SoHo is home of shopping and art. Oh, and the Nespresso cafe where you can get a free coffee – tastes better because it’s free.

NoHo: North of Houston Street. Keep in mind Houston Street is not pronounced like the Texan city, it’s “How-stin.”

NoLita: North of Little Italy. This is where we get a little granular in terms of neighborhood identification. Seriously?

NoMad: North of Madison Square Park. I don’t know what to tell you, I didn’t name these ‘hoods!

flatiron building

UES: Upper East Side. This is the Paris of Manhattan. So fancy.

There you have it. Are there any other neighborhoods that need identifying? Maybe there’s a new one I haven’t heard of yet – SoTiS (South of Times Square)? Or maybe EvBeMyApt (Everything Below My Apartment)?

Let me know!



  1. Hi Mary, I’m a Native New Yorker (UWS) who is living in Cape Cod. So glad you dropped in at my blog. I try to get into NYC a few times a year. Some of my fav spots: Madison Square Park, Bryant Park, Washington Square Park – notice the trend? 😉

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  2. I’m so glad you’re putting this all together for us Mary. I was only in New York for a brief time. I stayed at the Waldorf hotel in 5th street I think – which side is that? Thanks for giving those of us who love New York, insight into its inner workings of your city😀

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