What Defines Downtown?
With very little exception, most New Yorkers will agree that “uptown” begins at 59th Street. This marks the beginning of Central Park and creates a natural boarder. The definition for downtown is a bit more subjective.
Our data supports the two most commonly heard answers 14th street and 23rd street. Individual responses are affected by a variety of factors. One of the biggest being the location where the respondent lives. It seems the further downtown a person lives, the further downtown they view this defining line, and vice versa. Neighborhood boundaries also affect the choice on where to make the cutoff. Most New Yorkers do not view neighborhoods like Gramercy Park or Chelsea as midtown and certainly not uptown.
Perhaps at the end of the day, "Downtown" is really marked by a state of mind or feeling rather than a physical boundary.