On the fence between urban and suburban? Check out these NYC neighborhoods that have it all.
Craving suburbia—but don’t want to leave the city? You’re in luck. In these family-friendly NYC neighborhoods, you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Forest Hills (Queens)
A beautiful Tudor on a winding, tree-lined street, where your kids can run and play—in the city. Sound good? Check out Forest Hills. Here, the neighborhood is divided into three distinct communities, each with its own unique personality and benefits. It originated in 1909 with the planned Forest Hills Gardens community, which now has some of the most sought-after digs in Queens.
While the median home value is just $430,600, prices in “The Gardens” can easily exceed the million-dollar mark, with many in the $2 million to $5 million range, especially for larger single-family homes.
No matter where you land in Forest Hills, you’ll never be far from Austin Street. This hotspot is brimming with coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and pubs. What’s more, two of the largest parks in Queens—Flushing Meadows and Forest Park—flank the community’s periphery. If you can’t find what you’re looking for around town, hop on the subway or an MTA bus and you can be in Manhattan in minutes. The E, F and M, plus an express bus can get you into the city in 20 minutes.
Cobble Hill (Brooklyn)
Rambling cobblestone streets, tons of foodie hangouts and 10,000 residents spread across 40 city blocks make Cobble Hill a stronger contender for NYC’s “best small town.” Plus, with an average price tag of $1.4 million, living in Cobble Hill is a steal compared to some of Brooklyn’s other hot neighborhoods.
With a thriving local bar and nightlife scene and a short commute to Upper Manhattan, Cobble Hill truly has something for everyone. What’s more, great schools, plenty of parks and ample green space helped Cobble Hill score #22 on Niche’s Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family list.
Tucked in the west shore of Queens about 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, Astoria truly offers the best of both worlds for anyone who wants a little bit of suburbia in the city. This historically Greek community has, in the last decade, seen a massive influx of millennials and young families which has helped boost the diverse food and nightlife scene.
Here you’ll also find one of NYC’s greatest treasures, Astoria Park. The park runs along the waterfront and offers residents access to two beautiful playgrounds, tennis courts and athletic fields, incredible sunsets and acres of walking and jogging trails. Other hotspots include the always-popular Museum of Moving Image and family-friendly Bohemian Hall Beer Garden.
The last stop on the “1” will leave you in the Riverdale section of the North Bronx. Established during NYC’s Gilded Age, Riverdale today retains much of the charm and grandeur—and that’s kept city families moving up for decades.
In Riverdale you’ll find Tudor-inspired mansions, amazing views of the Hudson River and curving, tree-lined streets lend a suburban feel to this tony neighborhood just minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Some of the city’s best private schools, beautiful parks and a rich food and amenity landscape make Riverdale a favorite among families, and it all comes with a median price tag of $425,400.
Battery Park City (Manhattan)
Battery Park City has it all, including a prime location near the Financial District and a sense of calm that’s hard to find in Manhattan. The reason? This is anything but a tourist destination though, at the same time, has everything a young family could possibly want amenity-wise. And with wider-than-average sidewalks, driving restrictions, tree-lined streets and a pervasive sense of community, Battery Park City has a decidedly suburban feel that families can’t resist.
Also super-suburban? Because the neighborhood is next to FDR Drive and West Street, it’s easy to hop in a car (yours or a ride share…) and zip out of the city much faster than your urban counterparts who, often, have to battle cross-town or downtown traffic which, in prime times, can take hours.
But, given this prime spot, why leave? One-third of Battery Park City is dedicated green space, including parks and playgrounds. And with Brookfield Plaza, watersports on the Hudson, the SeaGlass Carousel and much more, it’s easy to fill an afternoon—or an entire school break—right in the neighborhood.
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