2017 Best Neighborhoods to Live in New York City Metro

Explore the best neighborhoods to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    Battery Park City

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:The parks, the activities, the views , the schools, the convenience, and now the stores and restaurants are all reasons to love BPC. Every neighborhood in NYC may have downsides - you give up something - parks for restaurants or schools for convenience - not in BPC. Love it here!
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    Chelsea

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 56 reviews
    Current Resident:I have moved here, to Chelsea from Western Massachusetts to attend college and I absolutely love this neighborhood! It is kept very clean, is consistently overseen by police officers in the nearby station, and very family-friendly. There are lots of food variety options; everything from your guilty fast food pleasures to organic & vegan choices as well. The streets are very easy to navigate and if you are unsure, there are always residents who are willing to help & answer any questions! It is a bustling, fast-moving community and a great choice for anyone with the similar lifestyle!
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    Kips Bay

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:It's very diverse, there are a bunch of things to do.
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    Financial District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:I love living in the Financial District. I always have access to any part of the city. Almost every subway line stops through Fulton Station. The area is super safe, and I have never felt threatened coming home. There are three grocery stores walking distance, and many give student discounts. It's a younger crowd living in this area because Pace University is right here.
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    Murray Hill

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:Murray Hill neighborhood is filled with people from different cultures, businesses, and living complexes. There's always something to do or somewhere to go such as the grocery store, pizza store, newspaper stand, restaurants, clothing boutique, pharmacy, movie theater, and libraries. Murray Hill feels safe because there’s a sense of community, closure, and security. The mixture of locals, commuters, and tourists enhances the diversity in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is often quiet, but once it hits rush hour during the afternoon and at nighttime, that’s when the streets become the busiest. From all 5 boroughs, I’m glad I chose to live in such a welcoming place.
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    Gramercy

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Former Resident:I lived in Stuyvesant Town and later in Peter Cooper Village and both are fantastic. I loved the area and both provide easy access to express buses uptown and cross town, L at 14th street, and 4,5,6 trains. PCV and Stuyuvesant Town are possibly the best value apartments in the whole city. The grounds around PCV and Stuy Town are wonderful and super dog and family friendly. It's amazing to be able to live in such a quiet, calm area tucked into such a chaotic city.
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    Tribeca

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:Tribeca was once the neighborhood of trailblazers who settled into the community before it was "the place to be." One would awaken to the aroma of the Martinson's Coffee warehouse located at what now is Robert DiNero's hotel and restaurant at the southwest corner of Greenwich and North Moore Streets. On weekdays, one would encounter the hustle and bustle of egg and cheese purveyors at their warehouses, that are now condo lofts, scattered throughout the neighborhood; now offices workers dominate those streets. Evenings used to remind me of nights in the low desert of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, sans the cry of coyotes. Now, there are street lights along Greenwich Street where stop signs once were while teens used it as a football field. The peaceful nights, aromatic days, and easy commute attracted me to Tribeca. The shopping, restaurants, and enviable housing deal keep me here, though not necessarily in that order.
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    Hell's Kitchen

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 43 reviews
    Niche User:I love living where I do. I live literally five minutes away from almost everything. There's a local library, supermarket, places to shop, movie theater, and many more, all within a few minutes from my home. I love how there is always construction because to me construction is a symbol of improvement and innovation. New York is modernizing everyday for the better. Also, since it is NY it is a tourist attraction. I love witnessing and observing people from all over the world. If I could i'd chose to live here forever.
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    Morningside Heights

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 19 reviews
    Former Resident:It's an already gentrified, family-friendly cubby of Manhattan, essentially an extension of the Upper West Side at this point. Columbia University is largely responsible for the safety and cleanliness that did not exist 20 years ago. If there is anything to change, it is more housing for non-Columbia students and professors. The university has a hold on the neighborhood.
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    Nolita

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:Since the lack crime, many tourist come to visit and experience the old world architecture with the new world trends collide. The only crime I have witness personally in Soho tends to be done by drunks from nearby bars.
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    Upper West Side

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 133 reviews
    Niche User:The Upper West Side of Manhattan is the best place to live. The community is diverse, safe, and bustling. Everyone from young families, older couples, to students live in the area. The neighborhood is one of the safest and cleanest in New York. Another plus: not too many tourists clogging up the street! You could eat in a different restaurant for every meal for the rest of your life and you wouldn't be able to get to all of the restaurants in the neighborhood. Everyone is friendly (despite what the rest of America thinks of New Yorkers!) and I plan on raising a family here when the time comes. UWS is a 5 star experience!
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    Upper East Side

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 46 reviews
    Current Resident:Friendly, clean, and many great restaurants! There are subways and buses in this neighborhood that typically run on schedule. There are convenience stores, gyms, coffee shops, and schools all within walking distance.
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    Midtown

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 43 reviews
    Niche User:It's a beautiful, very accessible area, with access to 8 subway lines within a one block radius and over 5 different bus lines in the same vicinity. I love the area, I really do - there's shopping, good food available, and the park is right across the street. great for families with kids and pets, but also perfectly suitable for a lone wolf. I'd say the only drawback is the increasing homeless problem...we have our "regular" homeless, but they've gotten rowdier in recent months. Also, the pedicab drivers and bike rental salespeople are the most annoying, invasive people on the planet - and they're EVERYWHERE. on every corner, begging you to come with them and take a pedicab ride or rent a bike. That leads to another big drawback - the tourists. They, too, are everywhere. I hate tourists,so it definitely gets to me. I try to hang around outside towards the evening, when most tourists and pop-up salesmen are gone, and it's emptier, quieter, and an overall much nicer area. At the end of the day though, these are very minor things in the scheme of it all. It's really a wonderful area, and I think I'd still live here if I could do it all over again - it's just so accessible and so full of life and rich with culture - it is very, very New York, in the best way possible.
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    Greenwich Village

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:I was born into a family that has its roots buried deep into Greenwich Village. My grandfather, Mario Saulig, emigrated to Greenwich Village in 1955 from Italy and my family has lived here ever since. I went to public school in the Village and had a great time. The school was welcoming and friendly. I made friends with many of my neighbors at a young and continue to talk to them even as an 18 year old. I never feel that safety is an issue while in my neighborhood. I have come home well into the morning hours and had no more concern for my safety than if I were coming home at noon. My high school is located in Brooklyn, New York and every time I get off of the subway and see the brown historic district street signs I breath a sign of relief that I am home.
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    Flatiron District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:I love the neighborhood. Close to downtown (for going out) and work (midtown). I definitely recommend this neighborhood for someone who is looking for a good central location with a great neighborhood feel.
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    Brooklyn Heights

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 18 reviews
    Visitor:I've been to Brooklyn Heights about 3 times in my life and I can't stress enough how beautiful it is! There's so many great landmarks, brownstones and of course the beautiful Brooklyn Promenade. Everyone has to go at least twice in their life! I promise you won't regret it. It's peaceful, it's beautiful and the view is amazing!
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    DUMBO

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 1 review
    Nearby Resident:I love the vibe here. The rocks by the water is one of my favorite spots in the city! The buildings all look very charming but have new aesthetic as well.
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    Roosevelt Island

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:Its being great alot of fun activties around the island I live in. Every thing is nearby and easier to get stuff you want like a shop and the post office just door steps away.
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    NoHo

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
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    SoHo

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 4 reviews
    Visitor:Simply amazing. If you're coming from out of state and want to see what New York is all about, SoHo is where to go!
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    Prospect Heights

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 9 reviews
    Current Resident:This neighborhood is amazing, the mix of different people and community is wonderful. I love how you can eat a huge range of different cuisines. The neighborhood has a mix of families, different genders, lots of dogs, and different ethnicities. I find my neighbors to be very friendly and well meaning people. The night-life is great. I also love walking around in the evening. The proximity to Prospect Park is amazing!!
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    West Village

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 17 reviews
    Niche User:The West Village is such an incredible neighborhood to live and grow up in. It has changed a lot over the years, the only downside is it's rising costs that make it almost impossible to rent in. However that being said there is lots of things to do and some of the best Italian Restaurants in the city are located in the area. NYU is nearby so there is a great influx of students and the New School also has a few buildings in the area so there is a huge emphasis on the arts. The neighborhood also has a great history and is integral to the beginnings of New York. In the warm weather the Hudson river is a great place to be, and there are lots of little parks to sit in, boutiques to shop at and cafes to meet friends at or do some quiet reading. It's a community and although there are lots of wealthy non- New Yorkers moving in there is still a local newspaper and government of old timers with rent control that aren't going anywhere until they die. A great place to be just wish it was much more affordable.
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    Theater District

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
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    Boerum Hill

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 3 reviews
    Niche User:Beautiful neighborhood with a strong sense of community. The proximity to downtown Brooklyn and the accessibility to Manhattan makes this area an amazing place to live. As well as being in a nice area, it is very safe, full of kind people and is a beautiful, quiet part of Brooklyn that is surprising for how close it is to Downtown.
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    Downtown Brooklyn

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 8 reviews
    Current Resident:I love Brooklyn. It is diverse. It is close to Manhattan. We have all the local trains here, such as the B and the Q which are express. Barclays center is just a small walk away. I feel apart of a community even though I am living in New York City. Downtown Brooklyn is beautiful, it has parks such as fort Green. A lot of stores are here and you can walk to the water as well.
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