Ivy City is on a triangular strip of land in the central part of the Northeast quadrant, bounded by New York Avenue to the northwest, West Virginia Avenue to the east, and Mt. Olivet Road to the south. The neighborhood is unusual in that it is also surrounded on all sides by significant landmarks: Gallaudet University (across Mt. Olivet Rd.), Mount Olivet Cemetery (across West Virginia Ave.), and Amtrak’s Ivy City yard (across New York Avenue).
Ivy City is located in Ward 5. When founded, the neighborhood was outside the boundaries of the L’Enfant Plan for the city of Washington within the District of Columbia.