The concept of a “neighborhood” in a big city is an interesting one, and since New York is the biggest of big cities ours are varied and self-sufficient enough to seem like mini-cities unto themselves. And kudos to us for choosing Park Slope, because according to CNN Money it’s not only the best neighborhood in New York, but one of the best neighborhoods in the US. Boom!
Pros: Historic brownstones and proximity to 585-acre Prospect Park make this area a favorite of New Yorkers looking to escape Manhattan shoeboxes. The new Barclays Center arena is a close walk but still removed from the heart of the neighborhood.
Crime rates are akin to those in the suburbs, and transport options include a 40-minute subway ride to Midtown Manhattan. Locals love the award-winning restaurants, food co-op, farmers’ markets, and homegrown bakeries and shops.
“I could go weeks without leaving,” says Nancy Liao, founder of a pet-food business.
Cons: Newbies may struggle to adjust to the lack of big-box retail or supermarkets. And the real estate market is brutal (this is New York City): Homes are the priciest on our list, though still lower than in many areas in Manhattan.
Park Slope is followed by some familiar names (Silver Lake, LA; Mount Airy, Philadelphia; Pacific Beach, San Diego) and some head-scratchers (Windsor Square, Phoenix, anybody?), all of which were gathered using data from Neighborhood Scout, city visits, and talks with locals. And while we certainly agree that our nabe is one of the loveliest, we feel like maybe we should start downplaying that? At an average of $3000/month for a two-bedroom, we’re already the most expensive spot on the list. Let’s not give them an excuse to jack those rents up even more, okay, CNN Money?
Thank you, we appreciate it, but shhhhhhhh.