New York

From the John Margolies collection, 1977-1978

Anchovies, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Apple decoration, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Liver and pineapple wrapped in bacon, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Scallops wrapped in bacon, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Bande florentine, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Breakfast appetizers, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Cauliflower and eggplant, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Chicken wings in beer batter, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Coffee, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Coffee cakes, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Crab meat remick, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Croissants, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Crudite with curry dip, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Deviled eggs, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Fruit plate-lunch, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Baked herring, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Fried herring, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Matjes herring, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Tomato herring, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Herring in wine sauce, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Hot cereal with hot milk, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Scotch kippers, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Knishes, potato and cheese, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Monte Cristo sandwich, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
O.J., Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Lox & cream cheese omelette, Brown’s, Fallsburg, New York
Lox & cream cheese omelette, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Pizza, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Baked potato, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Prune horn dessert, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Breakfast prunes, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Bacon and chive quiche, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Tomato quiche, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Breakfast rolls, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Chinook salmon (individual can), Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Nova & cream cheese, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Nova & roll breakfast, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Nova lox, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Nova lox, bagel and cream cheese, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Smoke salmon belly lox, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Pickled salmon breakfast, Homowack, Mamakating, New York
Pickled salmon, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Brisling sardines, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Sardines-boneless and skinless, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York
Sausage en croute, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Savory straws, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Shrimp in lobster sauce, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Spinach surprise, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Stuffed mushrooms, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Swedish meatballs, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Vegetable decoration, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Airplane watermelon with melon balls, Menges, Livingston Manor, New York
Mouse watermelon with melon balls, Menges lakeside, Livingston Manor, New York
Rabbit watermelon with melon balls, Menges lakeside, Livingston Manor, New York, 1978
White fish, Kutsher’s, Thompson, New York

PAST WINNERS
2017 Washington Heights
2016 Washington Heights
2015 Washington Heights

SUPERLATIVES
The cheapest/$$$ neighborhood (renting)
Glen Oaks / Chinatown

The cheapest/$$$ neighborhood (buying)
Hunts Point / Little Italy

The best/worst neighborhood for commuting
Union Square & Midtown / Cambria Heights

SUPERLATIVES
The most/least walkable neighborhood
Downtown Manhattan / Arden Heights

The neighborhood with the lowest/highest crime
Southern Staten Island / Midtown South

The neighborhood with the most/least open space
Inwood / Midwood

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This year’s rankings were based on, well – – – 105%

30% Housing costs
20% Commute
20% Walkability
10% Crime
10% Open space
AND INTRODUCING
5% Chance of flooding

And here is everybody!

DATA
Housing costs: U.S. Census, Trulia, New York Times. Commute: nyc.gov, Google Maps. Walkability: Walk Score. Crime: maps.nyc.gov. Open space: nyc.gov. Chance of flooding: nyc.gov.

What makes the best neighborhood?

Well, let’s say it’s

27% Housing costs
27% Walkability
27% Commute
9% Open Space
9% Crime

How do the boroughs shake out?

Or.

What if we rearranged the map so that neighborhoods were placed near those most similar to themselves?

What are the best neighborhoods in New York in 2017?

Objectively: Inwood and Washington Heights. The same neighborhoods that were the best neighborhoods in 2015 and 2014. Things don’t change that fast.

But where do your friends live? Where do you work? Where is your bar? How are the schools?

There is, of course, no one best neighborhood. We all care about different things in different amounts.

So here are the complete things.

Sources
Housing costs: Averaged indexes based on prices from the American Community Survey (average rent paid by people who moved in the past year), Naked Apartments and Trulia.
Walkability: Walk Score
Commute: How much time it takes to get to Wall Street and Times Square on public transportation arriving at 9am Monday, Google Maps
Open Space: Community district reports plus major parks not placed within community boundaries (own calculations)
Crime: NYC.gov Crime Map