Best places to live in New York – in-demand neighbourhoods

New York is a diverse and vibrant city that welcomes expats from all over the world. There are so many culturally different areas surrounding the main centre, that there is a neighbourhood to suit every expatriate’s needs.

Here we look at the top five neighbourhoods in New York that are in demand by different types of expats, so there is sure to be one to suit everybody.

Battery Park City

For those moving with family for work, Battery Park City offers a great option. It’s handily located within walking distance of the Financial District and Wall Street, which is practical for commuting, but it has a much calmer feel than the city centre. It was purpose built in the 1980s and that’s evident in its meticulous layout. It offers wide open green spaces, plenty of recreation areas and leafy, tree-lined roads. It’s situated along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, and has a community feel with lots of events and facilities geared towards families.

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is situated on the East River, just off the Brooklyn Bridge. It is architecturally famed for its rows of brownstone townhouses, hundreds of which date back to the pre-Civil War area. The area offers good living spaces for families. It is an affluent area and there are some excellent public schools for those moving with school-age children. It is easily commutable to Manhattan, just across the river, with excellent public transportation systems. It is offers a strong art and music scene, and is very multicultural, giving a diverse and interesting vibe.

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is right next to the bustling city centre, Wall Street and the Financial District, but it has managed to maintain its own historical charm. It is favoured more by single expats or couples without children, though there are some good schools so families are becoming more interested in the area. It’s famed for its links to music, art and literature, and there are plenty of galleries and museums to while away the days, plus jazz cafes, coffee shops and nightclubs to entertain in the evenings. It has a friendly, all-inclusive community feel, which is what attracts so many expatriates.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen conjures up visions of gangster-run underground clubs, with a high Irish-American population. However, this Midtown neighbourhood has undergone a transformation that has made it a popular place to live. It is easily commutable to the city centre, and boats a thriving and lively nightlife for after-hours enjoyment. It is located close to the Broadway theatres and there are plenty of aspiring actors living in the area, which has led to an eclectic mix of restaurants, clubs, bars, boutiques and galleries. Rental prices are rising, but it has long been considered a reasonably cost-effective place to live – for New York anyway.


Tribeca (or TriBeCa, which stands for ‘Triangle Below Canal Street’) is in the popular Downtown region of Manhattan. It is very central, which makes commuting around Lower Manhattan easy with excellent public services. It’s considered a safe, upscale residential area, with historical buildings converted into luxury living spaces. It’s home to a number of notable celebrities, drawn to its trendy vibe set within historical streets. Like Greenwich Village, it is more attractive for those moving without children, though families are starting to see its benefits.
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