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The Most Livable Neighborhoods in New York


21. Central Greenwich Village
Houston St. to 14th St., Fourth Ave. to Sixth Ave.
Entertainment options galore, but very expensive—many residents live in subsidized student housing.

22. Flushing, Queens
Horace Harding Expressway to Willets Pt. Blvd., Francis Lewis Blvd./Utopia Pkwy. to Whitestone Expressway and Van Wyck
Dense food-rich downtown surrounded by a mini-suburbia with high-ranking schools and low crime rates. Con: A lifetime on the 7 train into Manhattan.

23. Battery Park & Financial District
Battery Park City: Southern tip of Manhattan to Vesey St., Broadway to Hudson River
Financial District: Chambers St. to southern tip of Manhattan, East River to Broadway

As quiet, safe, and conveniently located as Tribeca, but without much neighborhood life; can feel abandoned at night.

24. West Village
Houston St. to 14th St., Sixth Ave. to Hudson River
There’s a lot to love, which is the problem: Everybody loves it. If it weren’t so expensive, the housing, restaurants, nightlife, and greenery would place it at the top of the list.

25. Flatiron & Gramercy
14th St. to 34th St., East River to Broadway
The league-average hood is mostly bereft of bars and restaurants despite being rebranded as the more fashionable “NoMad” (see more here).

26. Chelsea
14th St. to 29th St., Broadway to Hudson River
Charming in some places (especially its 400-gallery art colony) and less so in others, including some pockets with high crime.

27. Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Sheepshead Bay to Ave. P/Kings Highway, Nostrand Ave./Gerritsen Ave./Knapp St./Shell Bank Ave. to Ocean Pkwy.
Far from the action but close to the sea; quiet, safe, and clean, with good public schools.

28. Soho
Canal St. to Houston St., Lafayette St. to Hudson River
Great bars, restaurants, and retail. Bustling during the day, relatively quiet at night, expensive all the time.

29 Nolita & Little Italy
Canal St. to Houston St., Bowery to Lafayette St.
Virtues and vices are similar to Soho; very expensive and too crowded for green space.

30. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Atlantic Ocean at the Riegelmann Boardwalk to Neptune Ave., Manhattan Beach at Corbin Place to Ocean Pwy.
A lot of character, homes in good repair, and some fine Russian restaurants. A bit pricey considering the long commute times.

31. Inwood
Dyckman St. to northern tip of Manhattan, Harlem River to Hudson River
In Manhattan, but not of it; on balance, less convenient than many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

32. Corona Park, Queens
Long Island Expressway to Northern Blvd., Van Wyck to Junction Blvd.
An affordable haven for immigrant families, with more green space than most parts of Queens; lacks some of the restaurants and shopping of Jackson Heights and Flushing.

33. Red Hook, Brooklyn
Red Hook peninsula between Buttermilk Channel, Gowanus Bay, and Gowanus Canal to Hamilton Ave
A few blocks’ worth of well-regarded restaurants and bars (not to mention Ikea and Fairway) are offset by a large and impoverished housing project and terrible transit.

34. Midtown West
29th St. to 59th St., Madison Ave. to Hudson River
More cultural cachet than Midtown East, but much grittier, with modestly high crime rates (especially around Port Authority) and a high incidence of air, asbestos, and noise complaints.

35. Upper East Side
59th St. to 96th St., East River to Fifth Ave.
Famously safe, charming, green, and beautiful, but other neighborhoods offer those same virtues while also being cheaper and more densely packed with entertainment.

36. Upper West Side
59th St. (excluding Columbus Circle) to 110th St., Central Park West to Hudson River
Some of the most desirable property in the city is on Central Park West, but Amsterdam Avenue is a morass of mid-rises and much of the neighborhood lacks street life.

37. Washington Heights
155th St. to Dyckman St., Harlem River to Hudson River
For better or worse, it has mostly escaped the forces of gentrification; it’s much safer than reputed, with a falling crime rate.

38. Riverdale, the Bronx
Harlem River to Yonkers, Van Cortlandt Park / Broadway to Hudson River
The highest-ranking representative of the Bronx; fairly safe but with subpar public schools and little in the way of restaurants. Better commute times than you’d think: about 30 minutes to Columbus Circle.

39. Sunset Park, Brooklyn
65th St. to 36th St. (along the south end of Greenwood Cemetery), Ninth Ave and Borough Park to Upper New York Bay
Safe and diverse and has some of the borough’s best ethnic restaurants, though not as cheap as Bay Ridge to the south or as charming as Windsor Terrace to the north.

40. New Dorp, Staten Island
Cedar Grove Staten Rapid Transit Railroad, Elm Tree Ave. to Oak Ave.
Good middle-class neighborhood with well-maintained homes and virtually nonexistent crime, though the public schools are just average.

41. West Brighton, Staten Island
Forest Ave. to Richmong Ter., Bard Ave. to Clove Rd.
A little more urban than New Dorp; fairly diverse and with a decent retail strip. But crime rates are higher.

42. Chinatown
Chambers St. to Canal St., East River to Centre St.
Overpriced given the housing quality, but more reasonable than Soho. Good schools, but underserved in terms of transit.

43. St. George, Staten Island
Victory Blvd. to Richmond Ter., Bay St. to Westervelt Ave.
Very diverse; has a few blocks near the waterfront with distinct architecture. Most of the neighborhood suffers from a lack of retail and mediocre schools.

44. Belmont, the Bronx
E. 183rd St. to Fordham Rd., Southern Blvd. to Webster Ave.
Cheap rent ($675 on average), terrific Italian food, lots of Fordham students, but also high crime, tenement housing, and poor transit.

45. Co-op City, the Bronx
Relatively low crime rates and a diverse and distinctly middle-class population, but it’s more than an hour’s commute into Manhattan.

46. Morningside Heights
110th St. to 155th St., St. Nicholas Ave. to the Hudson River
Diverse neighborhood, better for grocery shopping than nightlife; higher prices relative to its location, probably because of the captive audience of Columbia professors.

47. Roosevelt Island
In theory, this should be a small town within a big city, but it never quite developed its own retail or street culture; notoriously inconvenient, especially now that the tram is down for repairs.

48. Bedford Park, the Bronx
Hall of Fame Terrace/Aqueduct Ave./Jerome Ave./Fordham Rd. to Woodlawn Cemetery/Moshulu Golf Course/Gun Hill Rd./ Jerome Ave., Webster Ave. and Bronx Park to Golden Ave. and Harlem River
Accessibility, schools, and crime rates hold up well compared to most of the Bronx—but poorly relative to the rest of the city.

49. Parkchester, the Bronx
Cross Bronx Expwy - Westchester Ave. to East Tremont Ave., Castle Hill to Bronx River Pkwy.
Unstellar prewar housing, below-average schools, and long commutes, but an average two-bedroom costs $625 a month.

50. Harlem
Central Harlem: 110th St. to Harlem River, 5th Ave. to St. Nicholas Ave.
East Harlem: 96th St. to Harlem River, East River to 5th Ave.

A surprisingly lackluster performer. Despite radical changes in recent years, crime is still relatively high and the public schools could still use improvement.

Nate Silver is the founder and president of the political forecasting website


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