NYC Star Maps: A-Listers & Their 'Hoods

The merits of visiting New York City are many. The museums! The food! The shopping! And of course, there’s always the likelihood that you’ll bump into a celebrity while you’re pounding the pavement. To help you along your star-gazing journey, we've put together a comprehensive list of NYC's A-listers and the areas they frequent. Commit these neighborhoods and their style icons to memory, but when you bump into the stars, don’t tell them we sent you. New York is all about the nonchalant vibe — so stealthy cell phone pics of them only, please!
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Upper West Side

The Look:
Welcome to smarty pants New York. The older, calmer intelligentsia settles here, surrounded by beautiful brownstones and significantly more trees than you’re likely to find downtown.
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The Icon: Yoko Ono

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants:
Pick up the very best smoked fish and bagels you’ll ever have at Zabar’s, then shop your way back down Broadway before hitting Central Park West to admire the elegant luxury apartment buildings like the San Remo or the Dakota, where Yoko still lives. Then pretend you’re still a kid at the delightful Museum of Natural History — it even has a planetarium.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Upper East Side

The Look:
This is the neighborhood of the upper crust, from the Rockefellers to the Whitneys, so it’s definitely the place to break out your vintage Chanel blazer.
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The Icon: Woody Allen

Where You’ll Find His Descendants: Hitting the museum mile and its surroundings to soak up priceless works of art at the Met, Guggenheim, Whitney, Frick, and more, even if it requires wearing flats. Capture the essence of the UES by watching Woody’s jazz band every Monday night at the Carlyle Hotel on 76th Street.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Chelsea

The Look: This nabe houses a rollicking gay culture and loads of art galleries. It’s cool, but not too cool — though don’t forget a trusty red lipstick, as it’s a requirement for entry.
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Photographed by Mindy Best.
The Icon: Jonathan Adler

Where You’ll Find His Descendants: Being active by strolling the High Line before it gets too icy, or getting sporty at Chelsea Piers (where Suri Cruise takes her gymnastics classes). Then relax at dramatic and dark hotels and eateries like the Breslin, NoMad, or Del Posto.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Meatpacking District

The Look: Break out your Saturday night best. The cobblestoned streets are home to the hottest luxury boutiques and the loudest, coolest clubs, so it’s all about looking as hot as humanly possible.
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The Icon: Diane von Furstenberg

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Dropping a month’s rent at DVF’s flagship, unless Alexander McQueen and Catherine Malandrino are more your bag. Then dance with the fashion industry’s elite at spots like Tao Downtown (with Naomi Campbell), Bar Nana (with Prabal Gurung), and the Top of the Standard (with Derek Blasberg).
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: West Village

The Look: The West Village is the New York City of your dreams (or your TV set, if you ever watched Friends). It’s an escape from the business suits of Midtown and the punkier downtown areas, so anything goes by way of style.
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The Icon: Anna Wintour

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Eating. Whether they live here or are just dropping in, the stars will be stuffing their skinny faces at The Spotted Pig (co-owned, inexplicably, by Mario Batali, Jay Z, and Bono), Sushi Nakazawa, Buvette, the Waverly Inn, or Rihanna’s home base in NYC, Da Silvano.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: East Village

The Look: Less intimidating than the Meatpacking District but just as social, this is precisely where the city doesn’t sleep. You can wear your chicest LBD or cute jeans and feel just as comfortable.
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The Icon: Chloë Sevigny

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Drinking cocktails at the Bowery Hotel, then heading out into the chaos.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Washington Square

The Look: Backpacks and skateboards — you’re in NYU central.
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The Icon: Dakota Fanning

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: The kids will be discussing Foucault with their feet in the fountain in the park. You can take a nap or play some chess.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Tribeca

The Look: Low key yet incredibly expensive. Think the all-black-everything NYC uniform.
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The Icon: Beyoncé

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: This neighborhood is where the wildly rich A-listers — your De Niros, DiCaprios, Knowles-Carters — hang when they’re not courtside at Madison Square Garden. Just try not to gawk when you see them slurping up pasta at Locanda Verde.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Lower East Side

The Look: Echoes of the punk-rock scene in New York live on here on the LES. The tenement buildings haven’t changed in a hundred years but safety pins through your tights are no longer necessary (unless that’s the look you’re going for).
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The Icon: Lady Gaga

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Little Monsters and regular music fans alike will be listening at intimate venues like The Box, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, and the Mercury Lounge, then hitting the after parties at Sons of Essex (where Breaking Bad feted their finale).
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Williamsburg

The Look: Headquarters for hipsters: Here girls wear tweed prints with disheveled hair and flannel, while boys have funky facial hair and suspenders.
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The Icon: Zoë Kravitz

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Shopping all day along Metropolitan Avenue, whether it’s in a thrift store or a meticulously curated boutique, then resting their ankle boots at fantastically moody spots like the Wythe Hotel’s bar, Marlow & Sons, and Diner.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Park Slope

The Look: Where chic Manhattanites go to become chic moms. Picture a lot of Bugaboo strollers paired with overgrown pixie cuts.
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Photo: Lucas Jackson.
The Icon: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: For chilled out celebrity moms, life centers around the tiny tots, whether it’s at a block party, in the local produce aisle at the Park Slope Coop, or lazing about in Prospect Park. Date nights are at Talde (the first of three Park Slope restaurants by celebrity chef Dale Talde) or al di là.
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Designed by Gabriela Alford.
The Location: Harlem

The Look: As one of the epicenters of African-American culture, the neighborhood is a celebration of some of the best theater, music, literature, and art of the city. Oh, and food, so maybe throw on a roomy dress before you head uptown.
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Photo: Chuck Burton.
The Icon: Maya Angelou

Where You’ll Find Her Descendants: Exploring the neo soul food scene. Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is an obvious stop, but there’s also Melba’s and Sylvia’s and Amy Ruth’s Home-Style Southern Cuisine. If it’s named after someone’s mom, it’s got to be delicious.
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