BusinessInsider.com has some nice neighborhood suggestions for you. They are not all equally good suggestions, but they can certainly open your mind to the neighborhood possibilities in New York City. Consider a few of the following:
Just a stone’s throw from Long Island City, Astoria is building a reputation as one of Queens’ hottest neighborhoods for young professionals and families alike.
The Brownstone Neighborhoods of Brooklyn
Jonathan Butler of Brownstoner.com is naturally a proponent of what he’s dubbed “Brownstone Brooklyn,” where the streetscapes are varied, historic and quaint.
He’s particularly fond of ‘hoods that have come a long way in recent years like Crown Heights North, Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy.
“They have beautiful housing stock, but are a lot less expensive than other housing stock in the five boroughs,” he said. They’ve also gotten popular with the hipster set, despite their semi-inconvenient subway access.
Perhaps all the retail and nightlife opening up on Atlantic Ave. and Clinton has something to do with it?
“As with any evolving neighborhood, businesses are taking note and bringing new dining, shopping and entertainment to the area to cater to these new residents and further boost the neighborhood,”
“Hamilton Heights is really picking up,” says Mary Anne Fusco, the Elliman agent. “It’s not fully cooked, but it has good value.”
It doesn’t feel like Manhattan, what with its neo-Gothic architecture and Dominican flavor, but the area just north of Columbia—and former home to Alexander Hamilton’s country estate—feels strangely idyllic, making it perfect for families.
For those in search of a slower pace, more room for their buck or just a quiet trip to the park, the neighborhood offers lower rents, plus all of the above.
This neighborhood by the water has great views and a rustic feel despite its urban setting, Julia Vitullo-Martin says.
It also has “fabulous” warehouses that hint at its manufacturing past, plus great parks and an ethnic flavor, Vitullo-Martin says.
Though its distance from Manhattan might make it less-than-ideal for those who commute to Manhattan, it’s a catch for those who work in the area or remotely.
Attractions: IKEA and the Red Hook Ball Fields, where residents play ball and indulge in the food vendors’ famous treats.