Updated: Aug 16
New York is such an iconic city. I remember falling in love with it through movies and TV shows. I think it is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Some people get so enchanted by the magic of New York that they ultimately make the decision to move there. That's why today I wanted to share with you some of the best places to live in New York.
Even if you're in the beginning stages of planning a future move, this post will inspire you and give you some ideas of those hidden gems that could one day make your dream of living in one of the most magical city in the United States a reality.
Harlem may be a surprise inclusion to many, and that’s because the neighborhood has always received a bad rap as a place drenched in crime, economic stagnation, and decaying infrastructure.
The area took a positive turn in the '90s when urban renewal efforts started in earnest. Crime dipped and new economic opportunities started springing up.
Today, the neighborhood of a little under 200,000 inhabitants is deemed one of the trendier places to live in New York. The upturn can be seen in the surging house prices where an average home now goes for $1,015,300, up from $774,824 in 2011.
Harlem may not be better than many places in terms of housing and economics, but it has good public schools and generally an ideal environment for families. The nightlife is unlike any other, with trendy eateries, hip bars and stylish clubs aplenty.
Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan
Battery Park City is a beautifully planned, immaculately kept, tranquil neighborhood that’s a short walk from Wall Street and Tribeca and less than half an hour on public transport from Grand Central and Union Square. It’s also only about two hours by road from the Hamptons, and around half an hour in a helicopter.
It’s such an established part of Manhattan yet is only a few decades old: it was built on a 92-acre landfill site in the 1970s and developed in the 1980s as a commercial–residential neighborhood, largely for workers who wanted to live within easy walking distance of the Financial District.
However, that demographic has changed enormously over recent years and now many families have made it their home.
White Plains, NY
Just 25 miles north of Manhattan, White Plains houses several corporations and serves as a retail hub for Westchester County. The community has numerous federal and state government offices and courts, and its quality of life ranks the city among the Best Places to Live in America.
White Plains homes for sale are conveniently located to schools, shops, and restaurants. Residents who like the outdoors have access to several parks and bike lanes, while other amenities include a solid healthcare system and an efficient public transportation network.
Jackson Heights, Queens
Jackson Heights is a bustling neighborhood, famous for its garden apartment buildings and its diversity. More than half of its residents are immigrants, particularly Colombians, other Latinos, and South Asians, with its own Little India.
Buildings with four to eight floors dominate the heart of Jackson Heights. One-family and two-family homes are not uncommon. North of Northern there are more row houses, smaller co-ops, and cheaper prices.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Prospect Heights apartments have become increasingly sought-after in recent years, both because of their comparably more affordable prices than, for example, the same size and type of home found in next-door Park Slope, but mostly because Prospect Heights is a terrific little neighborhood in and of itself.
Some blocks in Prospect Heights are more pleasant and pretty than others, perhaps, but there are enough everyday-life positives to make the community more than a little appealing, and definitely worth exploring for anyone looking for NY apartment.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration and ideas on what places you should check out if you're considering moving to this beautiful and enchanting city.
“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” -Tom Wolfe
Thank you so much for reading.
Until next time.