The laid back neighborhood of Kips Bay is tucked away in Manhattan’s East Side and just away from the usual rush of Midtown. Old brick townhouses stand next to new construction towers — simultaneously metropolitan and residential in its vibe, and cohesive all the same. The neighborhood’s historic buildings in particular reveal New York’s deep history — for instance, the short Broadway Alley remains largely unpaved, albeit with some remnants of Belgian brick hinting at a bygone era. Still, Kips Bay keeps a good mix of dining, shopping, and other businesses to accommodate modern lifestyles. Kips Bay is bordered by the East River, offering a waterfront with views of Brooklyn and Queens, and providing a quieter locale that meshes with the area’s atmosphere as a whole. Meanwhile, the neighborhood of Nomad abuts on the western end, keeping the exciting flow of energy that typifies Midtown life well within reach.