New York Public Library Lists the Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood

The Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood
The Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood

The New York Public Library just blogged this really cool list of the best New York City novels broken down by the neighborhood they take place in. Not every neighborhood has a book that has been written about it, but many neighborhoods do have famous books that represent them well.

For the reader who just can't get enough of those busy city streets, or is just dying to know where exactly in the five boroughs their favorite characters are inhabiting, here is a list of famous New York City-based novels according to the neighborhood in which they take place—complete with an interactive map of nearby landmarks and attractions!


Financial District
[American Psycho]( by Brett Easton Ellis

World Trade Center
[Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close]( by Jonathan Safran Foer

[Shoplifting from American Apparel]( by Tao Lin

The Bowery/Five Points
[The Gods of Gotham]( by Lyndsey Faye

Lower East Side
[Super Sad True Love Story]( by Gary Shteyngart

[The Flamethrowers]( by Rachel Kushner

Alphabet City
[Call It Sleep]( by Henry Roth

Greenwich Village
[Great Jones Street]( by Don Delillo
[Washington Square]( by Henry James

Flatiron District
[Ragtime]( by E.L. Doctorow

[Netherland]( by Joseph O'Neill

[The Great Gatsby]( by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Times Square
[A Visit from the Goon Squad]( by Jennifer Egan

Fifth Avenue
[Breakfast at Tiffany's]( by Truman Capote

Central Park
[The Catcher in the Rye]( by J.D. Salinger

Upper East Side
[The Age of Innocence]( by Edith Wharton
[The Bell Jar]( by Sylvia Plath
[The Goldfinch]( by Donna Tartt

Upper West Side
[Rosemary's Baby]( by Ira Levin
[Open City]( by Teju Cole

[Push]( by Sapphire
[Jazz]( by Toni Morrison
[Invisible Man]( by Ralph Ellison
[Go Tell It on the Mountain]( by James Baldwin


[A Tree Grows in Brooklyn]( by Betty Smith
[Tropic of Capricorn]( by Henry Miller
[The Chosen]( by Chaim Potok

[Brown Girl, Brownstones]( by Paule Marshall

Downtown Brooklyn
[Brooklyn]( by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn Heights
[10:04]( by Ben Lerner

Boerum Hill
[The Fortress of Solitude]( by Jonathan Lethem

Flatbush/Ditmas Park
[The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay]( by Michael Chabon [Sophie's Choice]( by William Styron

Sunset Park/Bay Ridge
[Last Exit to Brooklyn]( by Hubert Selby Jr.


[Native Speaker]( by Chang Rae Lee

[We Are Not Ourselves]( by Matthew Thomas


South Bronx
[Let the Great World Spin]( by Colum McCann

West Bronx/Fordham
[The Bonfire of the Vanities]( by Tom Wolfe

Staten Island

Port Richmond
[Small Mercies]( by Eddie Joyce

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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