Detroit’s New Center is a vibrant, diverse and economically healthy district and the northern anchor of Detroit’s Greater Downtown. It is bounded by Virginia Park to the north, the Ford Freeway to the south, John R to the east and the Lodge Freeway to the west.
It is home to some of Greater Detroit’s rarest jewels including The Fisher Building, the Fisher Theatre, WJR and Dietrich Furs, restaurants like Cuisine and new businesses like Pure Detroit and Biz-R Collection. There are also new lofts in old buildings and old homes next to new townhomes.
Culture and Entertainment
New Center is world famous for one other destination: the Motown Historical Museum (a.k.a. Hitsville U.S.A.). Occupying two of the original houses owned by Motown Records, the museum is filled with rare photographs, gold records, costumes and other memorabilia. On your visit, take a second to pause and consider the immense talent that filled the rooms where you now stand – it’s enough to give you goose bumps.
New Center Park, a developed green space located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and West Grand Boulevard across from the Fisher Building, represents an exciting opportunity for New Center Council to provide a quality of life amenity for (potential and current) residents and employees of the neighborhood.
New Center is once again emerging as a destination for great shopping, blending long-time neighborhood stalwarts (some dating from the late 1800’s) with exciting new independent merchants. This directory will familiarize you with the stores of New Center.
As for nightlife in New Center you have to know where to go. The Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom, both located in former warehouse space, host an infrequent schedule of contemporary musicians, performance artists and art exhibitions. Wear your jeans and vintage tees and dig out your Chucky T’s and you’ll blend in seamlessly. End your evening at the Northern Lights Lounge where you can hang with an eclectic mix of folk-young, old, suits and not-and reflect on this unique place called Detroit.
You can find more information on retail and restaurants from the New Center Council.