When you choose to live in New York, NY, you’re choosing a lot more than a place to call home. You’re choosing a lifestyle, defined by a city teeming with possibilities. Encompassing 8.4 million residents spread throughout five boroughs, New York’s intersecting cultures and communities have established the city as a global destination for arts and culture, commerce and cuisine, and everything in between.
“New York has everything other American cities have, we just have it better and we have more of it,” says Sweden-born, longtime New Yorker Stefan Karlström. And those endless possibilities are never more evident than when deciding where to live
So how does a New York novice begin the daunting process of finding the perfect neighborhood, especially when there are so many great options? Just go for it, says Karlström. “Explore the different neighborhoods, see what they’re all about firsthand, and see what they have to offer in terms of cafes, restaurants, shops, and anything else you may find important,” he says. “In the end, your budget will dictate what neighborhoods are right for you.
Photographer and Brooklyn resident Lindsay Crowder took a similar route to decide on her neighborhood, Park Slope. During a short work visit, she fell in love with the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets and proximity to Prospect Park, and when it came time to make a permanent move from San Francisco, CA, the choice was easy.
We asked these two neighborhood-savvy locals to weigh in on the hidden-gem areas, the up-and-coming blocks, and the tried-and-true classic neighborhoods of NYC.