From the John Margolies collection, 1977-1978
From where my father was born to where he died
2017 Washington Heights
2016 Washington Heights
2015 Washington Heights
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
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
10% Open space
5% Chance of flooding
And here is everybody!
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
9% Open Space
How do the boroughs shake out?
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.
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