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City Living, From Our Partners

A new digital hub created by the NYC Children’s Cabinet offers a one-stop shop of city events, programs and services designed to support the health, development and safety of children and families. “Growing Up NYC is a wonderful digital how-to resource to help parents navigate raising children in New York City —which we all know can be tough,” First lady Chirlane McCray said in a statement Friday.


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It’s no secret that families are ditching Manhattan for Brooklyn or the Suburbs, where they can get more space for their money and maybe even a backyard, but a new report shows the shifting dynamics of those families who decide to stay in the big city.

According to amNY, the analysis conducted by shows that only 6 percent of households in Hell’s Kitchen and the Financial District have a child under 18 living in them, and in neighborhoods like Midtown, Soho, the West Village, and Gramercy, most of which are often thought of as more family-friendly, only 7 percent of households have at least one youngster. To be expected, Battery Park City is ranked as the most child-friendly neighborhood, where 36 percent of households have a child. Another shoo-in is Tribeca at 26 percent. Surprisingly, East Harlem at 32 percent, Harlem at 29 percent, and the Lower East Side at 20 percent round out the top five, none considered traditionally family-oriented.

See the full map here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, September 27, 2014

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  • Michelle Williams lists her gorgeous ivy-covered Boerum Hill townhouse for $7.5 million.
  • See exclusive photos from the opening of the High Line’s third phase, as well as some beautiful snaps by photographer Iwan Baan.
  • City Kids: Why parents pick city living over the suburbs.
  • The Columbia Street Waterfront District, a quirky, 22-block enclave wedged between Red Hook and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is making a comeback.
  • If you like bold colors, you’re going to love this bohemian apartment by Incorporated Architecture & Design.

Images: High Line © Iwan Baan (L); Bohemian apartment ©  Incorporated Architecture & Design (R)

People, Polls

We talked to five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods about why they pick city living over the suburbs. What are your feelings on the age-old debate?

Images- Left: Ben McLeod via photopin cc; Right: bradhoc via photopin cc

Featured Story

City Living, Features, People

City Kids: Why Parents Pick City Living Over the Suburbs

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, September 23, 2014

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The ‘American Dream’ may have dominated the last few decades, causing a mass exodus to the suburbs, but today’s families are reversing the trend and turning their attention back to the city. The reasons are many: An appreciation for cultural offerings, the camaraderie and creative cross-pollination of networks of colleagues, friends and family, the convenience of being able to walk or bike to school, work or child care without a long commute—just to name a few. New York City has always been a haven for the forward-thinking, albeit a challenging one. And its newly-”discovered” outer boroughs as well as an unprecedentedly low crime rate have made the city a prime choice for family living.

But what is it about those city kids—the ones with parents who planned from the start to raise their kids in a non-stop urban environment? We interrupted the busy schedules of five families currently raising school-age (or soon-to-be) children in New York City’s many diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods to get some insight about why they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hear what five parents of city kids have to say


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