Where do we go now? The eternal question. The rent has gone up again so it’s back out, further and further out, looking for a place we can afford that’s not too far from work and a place to get non-egg sandwich food items after 10pm.
Manhattan is a mausoleum for millionaires. Brooklyn is a borough of brands instead of neighborhoods. Queens is for drivers, the Bronx is too far from our friends, and that one guy who moved to Staten Island – no one’s seen him since. But the city is huge. There must be places to go.
Here they are.
What’s important in a neighborhood? And what can we measure? How much it costs to live there. How long it takes to get there. How walkable the neighborhood is, how safe it is, and how much open space it has. Parameter by individual parameter – which neighborhoods are best?
Hunts Point, Bronx
Cheapest to Buy
St. Albans, Queens
Financial District, Manhattan
Little Italy, Chinatown, NoHo, Flatiron, SoHo, Greenwich Village (tie)
Tottenville, Staten Island
One factor won’t make our decision. We pretend we’re more complicated than that. Combining five factors – weighing rent, commute time and walkability three times as much as safety and open space – into a single score will reveal, hype and friends and articles aside, the top ten places where we ought to be renting in New York.
#10 Maspeth, Queens
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Forno Pizzeria E Trattoria (Italian)
#9 Flatlands, Brooklyn
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Ashoka Indian Grill (Indian)
#8 Ridgewood, Queens BEST IN BOROUGH
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: La Taqueria Kermes (Mexican)
#7 Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Tacos El Bronco (Mexican)
#6 Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn BEST IN BOROUGH
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Lot 2 (New American)
#5 Hamilton Heights, Manhattan
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Harlem Public (New American)
#4 Harlem, Manhattan
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Seasoned Vegan (Vegan)
#3 East Harlem, Manhattan
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Cafe Olin (Mexican)
#2 Inwood, Manhattan
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Beans and Vines (New American)
#1 #1 #1 #1…
#1 Washington Heights, Manhattan
Best place for dinner according to Yelp: Saggio (Italian)
Best in the Bronx: #16 Morrisania
Best of Staten Island: #37 New Dorp
Buying? We’ll swap out average rents with average purchase price per square foot. Six of the top ten neighborhoods make the list for both renters and buyers.
#9 Canarsie, Brooklyn
Musical legacy: The Fat Boys
#1 #1 #1 #1…
Best of Staten Island: #23 Dongan Hills
For both renters and buyers, the numbers agree.
Midtown is the worst.
Rent: Average prices of one and two bedroom apartments, Streeteasy and Zillow. Purchase price: Price per square foot, Streeteasy and Zillow. Commute: time to Times Square and Wall Street on public transportation, Google Maps. Walkability: Walk Score. Safety: WNYC Crime Map. Open space: Department of City Planning. Images: Google Street View.