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New York City is one of, if not the most exciting cities on the planet. At first glimpse of NYC’s skyline, it can be daunting to imagine finding a family home to settle into. But hidden throughout the big city are lots of fantastic neighborhoods.

As a former Brooklyn manufacturing neighborhood for hardworking families, Williamsburg has become a beacon for creativity while remaining a great family neighborhood. McCarren Park, along with other public playgrounds scattered throughout the neighborhood provide cool green spaces to hang out with the kids. The neighborhood sponsors fun family events like Smorgasburg, a spring-and-summer food festival.

There are some top-rated nightspots for parents to rejuvenate and have a date night like Nighthawk and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Residents have an easy commute to Manhattan via the L train, and the Williamsburg Bridge is assessable for bikers and joggers. The East River Ferry takes commuters to Midtown and Wall Street. Williamsburg has some surprisingly affordable housing. New condo developments offer more space than co-ops in Manhattan.

Home to about 60,000 residents, Park Slope is a leafy neighborhood with rows of proud period brownstones along with newer developments that have sprung up in the neighborhood. Condos and high-rise buildings with stunning views of Manhattan dot the waterfront.

Several factors make Park Slope a kid-friendly neighborhood: top-rated schools, an awesome playground, and the neighborhood’s proximity to popular Prospect Park. It’s also easily assessable to the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library. Easy Access to subway bus lines makes traveling to the city convenient, always a plus for anyone, especially families.

Battery Park City is close to the city and far enough to enjoy waterfront living. It’s truly a suburb of Manhatten. Spectacular views of the Hudson and Lady Liberty are a great amenity for this neighborhood. It’s filled with lush green parks that are dog-friendly. The World Trade Center can be seen in the distance from the ballparks. Parents have plenty of places to enjoy a stroll or jog. Residents here love the Battery Urban Farm, Brookfield Place, and the Marina.

Because Battery Park City has no dangerous intersections, parents can let the kids ride their bikes worry free. Children here also attend the much-raved about PS 276.

New York City has many neighborhoods similar to these there that make wonderful places for families to call home.