What's the most popular neighborhood for families in Manhattan these days?

Asked by Pat Kitano, 94118 Wed May 9, 2007

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Daria Kolomi…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Sun Jan 26, 2014
In my opinion, in Manhattan the hottest areas are UWS and UES. There are amazing pre-war style buildings and a lot of open space with a charm of Central Park and Riverside Park. And in Brooklyn the best area to invest is Bed-Stuy, and the most popular place to live-in is Park Slope.
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Mitchell Hall, Agent, New York, NY
Sun May 13, 2007
Manhattan today has less neighborhood boundaries than in the past. Many of the new buildings are becoming family destinations on to themselves. The whole island has become very family friendly. Since 2000 according to US census there has been a baby boom in Manhattan. 1 out of every 20 Manhattanites is now a toddler between 1 - 5 years old. Many families have been moving to Tribeca, Greewhich Village, Chelsea and Harlem.
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Chelsea, , New York, NY
Wed May 9, 2007
In Manhattan, the best family destinations are the Upper East Side, West Side, Gramercy and neighborhoods within those greater parts, like Yorkville, Sutton, Lenox Hill, etc..
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Jane Powers, Agent, New York, NY
Fri Sep 12, 2014
TriBeCa seems to be the most popular for families due to the space, parks and facilities designed for children. Along with Battery Park City, which is considered "suburban living" in an urban setting, families benefit from larger apartments with amenities while maintaining easy access to uptown. I live here where I've raised my son after moving from The Village when he was three. We couldn't be happier.
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Noah Freedman, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Aug 7, 2014
Here are the current market conditions in 10014:

The median sales price for homes in ZIP code 10014 in New York from Apr 14 to Jul 14 was $1,500,000 based on 17 sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median sales price decreased 31.8%, or $700,000, and the number of sales decreased 26.1%. Average price per square foot for homes in 10014 was $2,096, an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year. There are currently 165 resale and new homes in ZIP code 10014 on Trulia, including 8 open houses. The average listing price for homes for sale in 10014 was $4,392,969 for the week ending Jul 23, which represents an increase of 3.3%, or $140,321, compared to the prior week. Popular ZIP codes in New York include 10021 and 10023, with average listing prices of $4,058,526 and $3,295,909.
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Mary Stock, Agent, New York, NY
Fri Jan 24, 2014
Pat -

Of the answers so far, Chelsea gave the most accurate answer. That's where the babies and lovely young families are--tons of them. But others, like Mitchell Hall, gave interesting statistics that are true--1 out of 20 are babies in Manhattan. You should see them on the UWS and UES!! (All the areas Chelsea talked about) Victoria Felix has some interesting info to add about Battery Park City, too..

My suggestion is that you and your wife should yourselves, one weekend, check out the UWS (try the W. 70s and Broadway, to start. Look at all the best markets in town there (72 - 80th Sts.). The UES (Try E 86 St.(esp. the groceries at Fairway, on 86th and 2nd Ave.) and the rest of the 80s down to about 73rd St. to start.) Then try Battery Park City. It sounds interesting. I know less about it than I do the others.

New York Magazine's ratings are only if you're open to ALL the boroughs. My suggestions are if you want Manhattan.

The 10014 area is the West Village, as I'm sure you know. It's a lovely area--not big, not much housing, which all translates to expensive for what you get (just under a $ million for something small and no baby's rooms) compared to also expensive UES and UWS, which have better values for family needs--bigger apts, still expensive, many with baby's rooms. But, the West Village is mostly single, very densely populated (small apts). If you were single, I would call it ideal. If you love the West Village, though, there is no reason you and your wife couldn't get something. But when I've been there, I've seen no babies or small children. Nothing like the UWS or UES on a Saturday or Sunday.

Hope this helps.

Good luck!

Mary Stock
Owner - Broker
Stock Properties
mstock [at] StockPropertiesNY [dot] come
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LG Fairmont, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Sep 2, 2010
New York Magazine posted a quantitative ranking to neighborhoods to live in in New York.
Link: http://nymag.com/realestate/neighborhoods/2010/65374/

They ranked areas on: housing cost, transit, shopping and services, safety, restaurants, schools, diversity, creative capital, housing quality, green space, health and environment, and nightlife.

1. Park Slope
2. Lower East Side
3. Sunnyside
4. Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill
5. Greenpoint
6. Brooklyn Heights
7. Carroll Gardens and Gowanus
8. Murray Hill
9. Prospect Heights
10. East Village
11. Astoria
12. Bay Ridge
13. Woodside
14. Tribeca
15. Jackson Heights
16. Long Island City
17. Midtown East
18. Fort Greene and Clinton Hill
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Victoria Fel…, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Wed Sep 1, 2010
Two neighborhoods come to mind immediately; West Village and Battery Park due largely to easy access to Hudson River Park. With it's open air feeling and water views gives families an opportunity to play in an environment unlike any other park. The grassy areas, water features, sand boxes are all well care for and a newly developed play areas for children is due to open on pier 26 this fall as well. If you which to explore these neighborhoods contact me at 973-615-5994.
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