Narrowing Down Which NYC Neighborhood is Perfect for Your Next Move

May 8,2018 | By Hillel Realty Group

Narrowing Down Which NYC Neighborhood is Perfect for Your Next Move

Deciding to move to New York City is a big decision that opens the door to many possibilities. If you’ve been doing any research, you know that there are five boroughs that each offer a unique culture. Within each borough, there are many neighborhoods to choose from. Deciding which NYC neighborhood is perfect for your next move can be a tough decision for both current and non-New Yorkers.

We’ve put together a list of tips to help you pick the best NYC neighborhood; one that matches your personality and meets your expectations and needs at the same time.

  1. Schedule a visit

To get an idea of the neighborhood and if it will match your personality, plan a visit and give yourself time to walk around, visit the shops, and spend time in the Community Park or playground. Plan on spending the day so you can experience the vibe during daytime and nighttime hours.

  1. Look for open houses

Look for open houses in the NYC neighborhoods you want more information about. Open houses give you a way to see what apartments and homes look like in the area, as well as a chance to talk to locals.

  1. Stick to your budget

Each neighborhood comes with its own price tag. It is a good idea to know what your budget is before you start looking at available apartments or houses. Overspending on NYC apartment rent can leave you with no extra cash at the end of the month. What good is living in the city if you can’t enjoy the activities it offers?

  1. To commute or not

Driving a car in the city is not a popular decision, and it’s not easy to navigate the roads most days with the high number of travelers. Depending on where you work, you may need to consider public transportation as a way to commute daily. Research available options before deciding on a neighborhood. Is there a subway or bus stop that is easy and safe to walk to?

  1. Get help from a broker

Trying to research available apartments for rent or sale in NYC is a long process. Getting help from a real estate broker simplifies it because they know the various neighborhoods. After reviewing your needs and wants, they are best equipped to make a recommendation on which neighborhood has availability that suits you.

  1. Consider what lifestyle you want

Every neighborhood has a unique culture and residents that live there tend to have similar beliefs and needs. If you are looking to get away from the busiest parts of the city, you may opt for a quieter area. If you have pets, you’ll want to look for areas that have a dog park or buildings that are pet-friendly. If you crave the activity, you’ll want to look at neighborhoods that are filled with restaurants, clubs, and the hustle and bustle of city life.

  1. How much space do you need

Deciding to move to NYC means you are okay giving up the space you once knew. Apartments are smaller in the city which means you have to be willing to downsize. If you enjoy entertaining, look for neighborhoods that often have more room inside or even a backyard.


If you are looking to make the move to Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, contact the experienced agents at Hillel Realty Group today!