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Living in Manhattan
Manhattan is just one of the five boroughs of New York City—Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island rounding out the list—but with its iconic skyline and literally hundreds of internationally known, instantly recognizable landmarks, this is the area that most people are referring to when they say "the City".
Here, apartments can be found in historic brownstones and grand old pre-war buildings; in decked-out, contemporary luxury towers and in mid-century, mid-rise residences; in walk-ups and soaring high-rises and multi-building complexes; in elegant townhouses and spectacular converted spaces in one-time commercial and industrial buildings such as warehouses and offices.
There's a NY Apartment for Everyone in Manhattan
Apartments are available in all of the borough's incredibly diverse neighborhoods. These days, with more and more people raising their children in Manhattan rather than moving to the suburbs, families are settling down in record numbers in all parts of town, but there are still Manhattan neighborhoods that feel more family-friendly than others.
Most notably, families tend to gravitate to the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side, for their concentration of good schools, both public and private, and the type of shopping and services families tend to seek out. But other family-centric enclaves abound, including Battery Park City and Morningside Heights.
Manhattan also offers loads of nightlife and entertainment options, and young people flock to communities such as the East Village, the Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea and Greenwich Village.
Manhattan real estate, including rental apartments, is among the most valuable, most sought-after property on the planet, so you should know going in that prices will be high in all prime Manhattan neighborhoods. But there are still bargains to be had in Manhattan, particularly uptown in areas such as Inwood, Washington Heights, and Harlem. An easy subway ride from any of these neighborhoods gets you to midtown in a hurry, and many of the areas are quickly gentrifying.
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