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The top 5 neighborhoods to raise your kids in New York City

Battery Park City

How about a front yard with views of the Statue of Liberty? As soon as the first spring sun warms up the waterfront parks, Battery Park becomes a giant playground for kids. Installations and water-shooting holes in the ground make it irresistible to young kids and their parents, for that matter. With a population of just over 10,000 living here on just 92 acres, Battery Park attracts an upscale demographic. Part of the attraction is that Battery Park has some of the best Public Schools in New York which are just a short walk away. Two bedrooms rent for $5,000 and up and if you’re lucky you can find a two-bedroom for sale for around $925,000. The easy 5 minutes commute to Wall Street makes it the place to be for the hard working downtown mothers and fathers. I want to rent     I want to buy    

Battery Park for kids

Tribeca for kids


Just to the north of Battery Park, Tribeca lures with public and Montessori schools, big apartments and proximity to Hudson River Park and the waterfront. Public School 234 has earned the reputation of the top public school in the city. Especially the northwest section of Tribeca has become very popular amongst families because of its quiet charm and out-of-the-way feel. The many restaurants and Whole Foods have made Greenwich Street Tribeca's main street. This neighborhood does come at a hefty price tag. Apartments are often lofty or luxury new construction that cost in the $3 to $6 million range. Renting is possible but much more difficult as most rental apartments are available through apartment owners rather than building landlords. Don't expect to pay less than 10,000 dollars a month for a three-bedroom apartment. Again, commuting to the Financial District is easy and shopping in SoHo is also walkable. I want to rent     I want to buy    

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is filled with cultural hotspots things to do and for kids. Education can be found at the American Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, or take the kids to Symphony Space or Lincoln Center for some nice tunes. Central Park of course offers a great Sunday walk and picnic, yet Riverside Park allows your dog may run free between 9pm and 9am, making it extra attractive for people with larger breeds. There are also wonderful craft spots, toy stores, restaurants and places to play. A decent two bedroom in the 90s starts at $3,500 per month, while buying one will cost you at least a million or so. For those with bigger families, Broadway and West End Avenue are filled with pre-war buildings featuring classic 6, 7 and 8 room apartments, many of which are co-ops.

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Upper West Side for kids

Park Slope for kids

Park Slope

Park Slope has attracted a generation of young intellectuals for its affordable brownstone living. Public schools in the area rate well, most restaurants are kid-friendly and beautiful Prospect Park is always nearby. Fifth Avenue and Seventh avenues are filled with old-time Italian delis and new shops, bars and restaurants. As a result, you have to have a solid salary or strong dual income to live here now. Two-bedrooms can go for $3,000 one block off Prospect Park. Young families like the larger sized one-bedrooms for around $2,100. Buyers have a choice of two-bedroom two-bath $750,000, three-bedrooms from $929,000 and $3 million townhouses on tree lined streets. People preferring condominium living can have a look at the developments along Fourth Avenue. I want to rent     I want to buy    

Upper East Side

Unique to the Upper East Side are Central Park and Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile that offer refuge on both sunny and rainy days. Madison Avenue at night is one of the prettiest urban walks in the world. The Upper East Side is a traditional neighborhood with Fifth and Park Avenues drawing the rich and famous in this world. One of the things that makes the Upper East Side so attractive to families across the board is that it has a range of housing prices that makes it affordable for even the upper middle class. A three-bedroom in a typical upscale co-op building will sell for $1.2 million and up depending on its location and the state of the building. Renters looking to try out the neighborhood can find a three-bedroom on Second Avenue for around $6,000. I want to rent     I want to buy    

Upper East Side for kids