There is no area in New York City too "old" for raising a family. The city is just too dynamic. If you are near Central Park, both kids and parents have access to a beautiful resource, with Fifth Avenue running it's Eastern length. Of course Fifth Avenue has it's own flavor and, rightfully, is considered prestigious. Still if you lived on the West Side, it's just a walk in the Park to Fifth Avenue! Like the Upper East Side, it's also very pleasant; and you"ll have more houses for consideration during your search. The West Side also has River Side Park. I believe it is equally as beautiful as Central Park, being on the Hudson, and it stretches from 72nd to 158th street.
If I can be of assistance, please contact me. I've been in Real Estate Brokerage for over 20 years and I love the city.
Peter Howard, Associate Broker
Charles Rutenberg, LLC
127 East 56th Street, The Fourth Floor
New York NY, 10022