Throughout the past half a century, many Americans equated family life with suburban living. However, many of today’s new parents–those of the Gen-X and Millennial generations–are choosing to forgo big yards for big cities’ conveniences, amenities and unbeatable cultural attractions.
If you’re seeking a New York City apartment on a street full of stroller-pushers and Moby wrappers, we’ve got you covered with our New York City Neighborhood Guide. Here are the best NYC neighborhoods for families.
Manhattan is only somewhat arguably NYC’s most exciting borough. There are lots of benefits to raising your family in this desirable and diverse community. If your budget can afford it, the Upper East and West sides are a no-brainer. Here, your kids will have easy access to Central Park and the Museum Mile (home to cultural hotspots like the Met, the Guggenheim and the Museum of African Art).
Another of the most popular NYC neighborhoods for families is Tribeca (for New York newbies, this neighborhood’s name stems from its geography–Tribeca is literally the Triangle Below Canal Street). Tribeca boasts great public schools, easy access to employment opportunities in the Financial District (read: short commutes for Mom and Dad) and plenty of boutique shopping. You’ll pay a pretty penny to live here, but Manhattanites are used to this unavoidable aspect of urban living.
As educated and hip New Yorkers have begun settling down and having kids, they have flocked to areas in NYC that combine intellectual flavor with family-focused communities. Hence, the rise of Brooklyn.
Park Slope is the quintessential family-friendly urban neighborhood. The area’s excellent public schools, abundance of young families and low crime rates make it ideal for those looking for an exciting yet peaceful place to raise their kids.
Williamsburg is similar to Park Slope, but boasts a slightly younger, edgier and more artistic vibe. Perfect for 20-somethings looking to make an urban nest, Williamsburg has just the right balance of nightlife and whimsy, with an added dose of all-out hipsterdom.
Queens is a go-to option for families who want peace and quiet, but don’t want the all-out suburbia of Staten Island. Forest Hills and Forest Hills Gardens are beautiful and bountiful, and are peppered with gorgeous homes complete with small yards and tree-lined streets. Forest Hills is also convenient, as both subway and rail stations are within walking distance.
Little Neck is another fabulous option for the Queens-bound. Little Neck’s 20 elementary schools contribute to the local school district’s ranking as the highest performing district for elementary grades–an important item on many families’ must-have lists. There are plenty of charming and petite homes in Little Neck, and blocks of friendly streets for walking the dog, playing catch and enjoying living on an urban block.