Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (1939)
Entertainment (1149) A+
Food and Drink (6306) A+
Fitness (520) A+
Groceries (1751) A+
Parks (3433) A+
Shops (8634) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 56.6% take public transportation in New York.
Public Transit Stops (10348)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in New York is 160/100 - which is 34% higher than New York.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime D

New York crime rates are 2,136 per 100k, which is 20% higher than New York
Property Crime
1,559 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
578 crimes per 100k
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employment B+

The median income in New York is $55,191 - which is 9% lower than New York.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (2552)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing D+

New York home prices are $508,900 - which is 78% higher than New York
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
9.2x (home price to income ratio)
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schools B+

The New York graduation rate is 77% - which is 6% lower than New York
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (356) A+
High Schools (205) A+
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ratings A+

New York has an overall rating of 86% from 85 reviews.
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Kew Gardens New York Neighborhood Review 4 rating By Anonymous ( Sep 21, 2012) I lived in Kew Gardens for fifteen years and recently visited the old neighborhood to find that it is still a thriving and exciting area. Located in the New York City borough of Queens, perhaps the most diverse county in the country, Kew Gardens is an upper middle class to upscal ...Read More e neighborhood consisting of mostly small apartment buildings and one and two family homes. There are excellent shopping areas along Metropolitan Avenue that also offer a wide choice of restaurants. They feature food from many different cultures, which reflects the many different nationalities and ethnicities that make up this culturally diverse neighborhood.

Perhaps the best supermarket is Trader Joes, located on Metropolitan Avenue near Woodhaven Boulevard. It offers many unusual brands and foods and is well priced with an emphasis on healthy eating. You are also only a short drive away from The Queens Center and Queens Plaza malls, featuring retailers like Macys, Target, Best Buy, and JC Penny. You can also drive to neighboring Forest Hills and enjoy the many restaurants and clubs along Austin Street.

Kew Gardens is convenient to both JFK and LaGauradia airports and many airport workers make their homes in this area. In fact there are two "airport" themed bars that are hangouts for these workers and are fun neighborhood establishments to visit to have a drink and to share some embracing comraderie.

For beach lovers, you can grab a bus along Woodhaven Boulevard and be at Rockaway Beach in less than 30 minutes. The drive to Jones Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world,is also about 30 minutes. And, speaking of commuting, you are just a bus ride or train ride away from midtown Manhattan. So if you work in the city, the commute is both easy and inexpensive.

Kew Gardens has been built up on a very manageable scale and it remains that way today. You can find almost any kind of entertainment from movies, to bowling, to fine dining and even dancing in this community. The school system remains excellent and offers a strong English as a second language program. There are a number of hospitals available to residents of Kew Gardens and medical care is first rate.

So if you are looking for a more affordable place to live than Manhattan, but with easy access to the city, then Kew Gardens may be right for you
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A City Like No Other! 5 rating By lyners ( Feb 27, 2012) As a Canadian I feel guilty loving New York so much but it is one of the most interesting cities to visit! There is always so much to do and the food is incredible - some favourites - The Spotted Pig on Greenwich Street - a great vibe. Try the Deviled Eggs and the Gnudi with br ...Read More own butter and sage sauce is not to be missed! April Bloomfield is an exceptional chef! For a more expensive but delicious meal - try 11 Madison located in an art deco building with a view overlooking Madison Square park! An amazing restaurant. For Pizza - John's in the village has a rustic feel with one of the best pizzas I have ever tasted.
If you are a parent, Mayor Bloomberg has stated that every family will have a playground no more than 10 minutes away. Some of the most inventive playgrounds ever built are in New York. The Rockerfeller Playground at the bottom of the Seaport has incredible sculptures that are sure to capture your child's imagination. If you walk along the sea wall you will pass several other interesting playgrounds as well!
Happy eating and playing in New York!
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Yes, New York is a Heck of a Town... World Class 5 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 23, 2011) New York, New York it's a heck of a town and a year isn't complete without a visit there. Over the past several years I have traveled to New York with groups at least once a year. It is without a doubt my favorite city in the world.

New York is the city for live theatre: Broadwa
...Read More y, Off-Broadway or hole-in-the wall performances. There are such a variety of venues, but the quality is always amazing. Don't ever pay the big bucks for tickets. Stand in line at the TKTS booth in Time Square, dance to the beat of the barrel drums, eat a street hot dog, and talk to the people from all over the world. And, best of all get discounted tickets.

There are world class museums in NYC and some of them are free. Map them out and walk to as many as possible. Along the way don't forget to stop at the Fashion Institute and see amazing dress designs. Look up at the buildings; the architecture is historical and breath-taking.

Visitors must see China Town and Little Italy. Take some time for ethnic food while you're there. Always remember to leave time for the site of the Twin Towers and for a harbor cruise to the Statue of Liberty. On the other side of the city you can visit Harlem, the Apollo Theatre and hear some good gospel and soul music. The neighborhood cafes are delightful so don't spend all of your money at the "famous" restaurants.

A word about transportation; use it all. It's thrilling to speed through the city with a New York cabbie or invigorating to conquer the subway. Buses are easy to navigate and you get to look around while riding.

It's time to reserve my tickets! Wish I could live in New York. Read Less
Awww, New York! 5 rating By hollys ( Feb 15, 2011) New York is the city I always dreamed of seeing! I can still feel the excitement of the Big Apple. The people, the traffice, the architecture, the sites, the food, there is just so much to say about New York City! I absolutely love the movement - you see I am a people watcher! ...Read More There is so much going on at all hours of the day. I need to make NYC an annual trip for me to experience it all. Choosing which restaurants to dine in, which delicatesen to eat from , which bistro to hang in was difficult. Nightlife is a whole other experience! You name it, NYC has it and if you haven't imagined it, you will encounter it! There is just so much life being lived.

The sites are full of history from Ellis Island to Grand Central Station and then there is this beautiful park in the middle of this massive city, it just takes your breath away. The shopping in NYC should be an olympic event, I know I wasn't able to go the distance and touch every item I saw. I think my favorite part of New York besides Central Park was Grand Central Station. These two attractions are where it all happens.

I don't know what it is about the life of a New Yorker that seems so attractive, but this has to be my all time favorite city to visit. The Big Apples offers attractions for all ages and desires. The song "In a New York Minute" takes on a whole different meaning once you have visited New York City and you have experience all that can happen in a minute!

NYC is a must see city by anyone and a must move to city for someone trying to rediscover themselves. Read Less
The place with everything... 4 rating By Ragdoll ( Jan 20, 2011) New York is a major cultural and business hub. You can find anything and everything you could possibly wish for. The attractions are completely mind blowing with museums of every kind, on and off Broadway productions, bicycling or running through Central Park, the list goes on an ...Read More d on. If you're big on shopping whether you're into thrifting or couture, you'll find something to suit you here.

It's not the easiest place to live in terms of rent or owning a condo. It's one of the most expensive cities in the US to move to. Young singles are known to live with 3 or more roommates. However, just getting to live there and experience everything NYC has to offer is worth a little space crunch. Honestly, you don't move there to stay home! It's fast paced living in a place full of vital people.

The winters are no joke, but aside from that portion of the year the weather is great...and in NYC you are very much exposed to the weather as you're always dashing to a cab or into the subway.

Everyone I've ever met who has lived there has loved it. Personally, I love visiting, but don't care to live there. But at least ONCE in your simply MUST visit this amazing city. Read Less
New York City for the Family 5 rating By AVCRM2 ( Jan 18, 2011) New York is a fabulous place to travel with a family. There are many great places to visit including the Museum of Natural History, the Circle Line Tour, and Central Park.

The Museum of Natural History lives up to everything promised in the movie 'Night at the Museum'. There ar
...Read More e dinosaurs, dioramas, and scenes from every place in history. Children will love to explore the life sized animals from every part of the world, the full sized T-Rex, and the Butterfly Conservatory where they can walk among 500 free-flying butterflies.

The Circle Line is my favorite tourist attraction in NYC. On a hot day, there is no better way to spend the afternoon then on the water taking a tour of the city. I would reco0mmend that you take the complete tour around the city. You will get to see all the favorites from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to Yankees Stadium, from Empire States Building to Brooklyn Bridge. The tour guides are interesting for both adults and children and it is well worth the 2 hours it takes to complete to trip.

Central Park is a true NYC icon. There are numerous things to do in the park itself including the Central Park Zoo with its penguins, polar bears, and snow leopards. There is also a beautiful old-fashioned carousel, carriage rides, boat rides in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Besides these, there are also many places your children will like such as FAO Schwartz, Serendipity, the American Girl Store, Mars 2112 Restaurant and the Children's Museum of Art. Read Less
My Favorite Attractions in New York City 5 rating By squirleywrath ( Jan 17, 2011) One of my favorite places to visit in New York is the Morgan Library and Museum. Located on E. 36th Street in Manhattan, it is first and foremost one of the most beautiful urban homes I have ever seen. The beautiful study and library rooms by themselves are worth the trip. Howeve ...Read More r the real attraction is the amazing collection of art, books and manuscripts on display. Mr Morgan was a prolific collector of the printed word. His collection features works by Twain, Poe, Melville, Mozart, and 3 Guttenberg Bibles. Take the tour so you can learn some of the secrets of the home and hear more about the details of the collection, it is totally worth it.

Another place I like to visit is the Slaughtered Lamb Pub. Located on W 4th Street in Greenwich Village, the pub features one of the best beer selections in The City. Here beers from around the world can be sampled either in the pub room, fireside in the Werewolf Lounge, or the game room known as the Dungeon. If you are a beer lover you owe it to yourself to check out this beautiful British style pub, nestled in one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York. Check out the beer menu and pick something you have never heard of before, it may be your only chance to sample some of these beers. Read Less
My Review of New York City! 5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 30, 2010) New York City is the best place to live in on this earth. I have lived in the city for 21 years and love the hustle and bustle of the city. There are always new restaurants to try with every sort of ethnic food. I love immersing myself into new cultures everyday. For those that l ...Read More ike to try new things, New York is the perfect place to live.

Many people who love art and appreciate it will like New York. New York is for people that love viewing art pieces or theatrical productions. It is also a city with no shortage of intellectuals. One can have an intellectual conversation at any part of the day and at any place. For those that do not like being surrounded by intellectual people who can be a bit overbearing, New York is not the place for them.

New York has the best club scene out of any state in the United States. The best bars in the country are in New York. I love going out with my friends in the city whenever I get a chance. It is nice, because everything is in walking distance as well in New York City which is awesome. Read Less
Our Fun Family Trip to New York City... 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 30, 2010) Recently, my family and I took a fun trip to New York City. We spent 4 days and 3 nights in the beautiful city. We stayed at the Paramount Hotel Times Square and were very happy with our stay there. The rooms were pretty small and were in no way extravagant but for the price they ...Read More were fine. We didn't spend much time at the hotel anyway. It's location was really great, right in Midtown Manhattan.

Our favorite activities were definitely visiting the Statue of Liberty and the American Museum of Natural History. They are both things you must do on a family trip to the city. My kids especially loved the Fossil Halls, since we are all dinosaur lovers. Another favorite was all of the delicious food we got to try out. Number one on our list was definitely a slice of New York Style pizza! Read Less
Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple: A Night in New York City 5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 30, 2010) I spent a night in New York City recently during the holiday season. If you're going to travel to New York, I'd recommend this time of year! There is a ton of spirit in the city, plus plenty of holiday attractions. We spent time skating in Rockefeller Center and checking out the ...Read More tree. We also took advantage of the amazing shops to do some holiday shopping. Traveling around with all those bags was a breeze, as the subway system is easy, and there are plenty of taxis waiting to cart people around.

The only negatives were the prices (things were quite expensive) and the complexity and confusion of the city - so much is going on that it's very easy to get overwhelmed! This just means that I'll have to go back often so that I can experience it all! Read Less
New York City is a Great City to Visit 5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 30, 2010) New York City is a great city to visit. Take it from me - I was born in Queens and worked for many years in Manhattan. It is truly the city that never sleeps. You can find people out and about at any time of the day.

New York City, or the Big Apple, as some lovingly refer to it,
...Read More has so much to offer. One of the great things is the transit system. You can find a bus or train to take you just about anywhere in the city and if you prefer you can also hop in a world famous New York City taxi cab. Get the daily pass if you plan to hit a few hot spots around town. It pays off in the long run.

There is always something going on in Manhattan. Be sure to check with the NYC Visitors Bureau for information on street fairs, parades, and other activities that might be taking place while you are visiting. Ask if they have any discount vouchers too when you contact them.

Shopping is always a big draw to the Big Apple. I loved to shop along the sidewalk with all the street vendors. Remember the phrase "buyer beware" and know what you are buying. Do not take the vendor's word for it and purchase at face value only. One of my best finds was a street vendor selling knock-off pocketbooks. I saved a bundle that day! Of course, there are all the major department stores in the city too. If you are visiting around the Christmas holidays then be sure to check out all the wonderful window displays and then stop by to see the big tree at Rockerfeller Center and all the ice skaters on the rink below. It will be a truly memorable experience for you.

For dining there is no other city that comes close to the diverse and eclectic mix of restaurants. You can have lunch in Little Italy and dinner in Chinatown. You can visit Ray's Pizza for a slice of their world famous pizza or grab a gyro from one of the numerous street vendors. When I worked in Manhattan I would often have a hot dog and knish for lunch from my favorite vendor across from my building. In the winter be sure to try the roasted chestnuts and hot pretzels with mustard.

If you are planning a trip to the city then do your research ahead of time on hotels, restaurants, shopping, and sight seeing. You might think that staying in New York City is expensive but it is not always the case. Try to stay away from peak convention times as the rates will always be higher when they are in town. Ask about specials that might include breakfast, parking, and/or tickets to a Broadway Show. The more you can get included with the price of your room the more you will end up having to spend while on vacation. Read Less
New York - My Home Away From Home 5 rating By AV Jon ( Nov 03, 2010) The minute I cross the George Washington bridge I feel like I've come home again. I put the windows down and take in that New York air and head down the Hudson Pkwy trying to find a local establishment that serves up an ice cold beer. What I love about New York is that day and ni ...Read More ght, there's always that feeling of excitement that runs through the city.

New York offers the best of everything. Be it restaurants, bars, shopping, attractions or nightlife. Here are a few staples that I would recommend if you are visiting the city. Jean-Georges (just north of Columbus Circle) is an absolute steal! It's a Michelin 3 star restaurant with prices that you'd expect from a local diner. John's Pizza (278 Bleecker St) is another gem serving up coal fired pizza. There's a reason why you'll find pictures of celebrities posted all over this place. Speaking of John, The John-Street Bar and Grill is the place to be if you're looking to enjoy a couple drinks while your girlfriend/wife does some shopping Century 21.

I'ts hard not to love this city, especially if you drop all the stereotypes. First off, crime in New York is lower than you'd expect, in fact, it's lower than the national average. Secondly, New Yorkers aren't rude, they're passionate. They love their city and if you love it too, you'll fit right in! Read Less
Creating a Life in New York City, NY 5 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 26, 2010) I had been a resident of New York City for twelve years and loved how easy it was to reinvent myself whenever I needed a change. I moved to Manhattan to further my dream of becoming a professional dancer. Through opportunities at local dance studios, I was able to take classes fr ...Read More om notable Broadway choreographers along side seasoned performers from both stage and screen. Through internships offered to Columbia University students, I was able to work at a major television network as well as in talent management.

Wanting to give Wall Street a shot, I later became a stock trader. When I was finally able to purchase a condo on Central Park West, I felt that I had made it as a New Yorker. Working in the city, I loved sampling the many New York restaurants during my lunch hour and enjoying the energy of the streets of midtown and the calm of Central Park while walking home. Had New York City only been built in a warmer climate, I may still be there! The winters in the city can be frigid and there were many times that I found myself slipping and sliding down the subway stairs after a heavy snowfall. Read Less

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New York, NY

There is no place in the United States that is quite like New York, NY. With the highest population in the country (Los Angeles and Chicago follow behind), every block is bustling and full of life. Its grid-like system of streets makes the city surprisingly easy to navigate, and the five boroughs, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, each have their own distinct character. If you have lived someplace smaller and less dense, New York may feel like a bit of a cultural shock, but you will quickly get used to city life. Despite the high cost of living (homes and rentals included) especially in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, it is no wonder why so many people fall in love with the city.

New York has earned distinctions of being one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and as a significant place of international diplomacy, thanks to the United Nations being headquartered there. Over 20 million people live in the metro area, leading it to be diverse and a center of business. Tax rates, and everything from a movie ticket and a pair of jeans to a gallon of milk and rental costs, are high, but the city is remarkably safer than it was in past decades. In part to this, many areas of the city, such as Park Slope in Brooklyn and Washington Heights in Manhattan, have seen resurgences in popularity and thriving businesses over time.

It is no surprise that New York is brimming with culture. Neighborhoods and communities are based around well-known attractions and those who have inhabited them for years. From the bustling lights of Midtown and Times Square, to the skyscrapers of the Financial District, the posh condos on the Upper East Side and the smells of curry in Murray Hill, Manhattan, the most densely populated borough in the city, offers an oasis in Central Park. Brooklyn is diverse in all senses of the word, and it has become much more than Coney Island and a hipster’s paradise. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens offers a respite from the city, and families have come in droves to Park Slope. Queens is one New York's most ethnically diverse areas, Staten Island has a suburban feel and the Bronx offers up a family-friendly zoo and Yankee Stadium for entertainment.

Public transport, thanks to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is easy in New York. Take the bus, subway, ferry or walk to get where you need to be. It is relatively inexpensive to buy a Metro Card, and, by doing so, the city is at your fingertips!

New York is unique but amazing. Be at the forefront of entertainment, commerce and international relations in the City That Never Sleeps.

A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in New York? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


City Hall Park
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African Burial Ground National Monument
Drumgoole Plaza
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Thomas Paine Park
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Site of the Beach Pneumatic Subway
Woolworth Building
Saint Paul's Chapel
Barthman's Sidewalk Clock
Textile building
81 Leonard Gallery
American Icon
Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center

Food & Drink

Five & Dime
Dark Horse
The Beekman Pub
Wine & Liquor

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in New York? Of all people who commute, 56.6% take public transportation in New York.
Drive to Work

54% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit

51% higher than the US average

Walk to Work

7% higher than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is New York a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler
Montefiore Medical Center West Campus Moses Division Hospital
New York City Children's Center Bronx Campus
Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
North Central Bronx Hospital
George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery
Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center
Lenox Health Greenwich Village


Rite Aid
Duane Reade
City Chemist
Saldo Drugs
Duane Reade
Rite Aid


Chait Mental Health Center
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
New York Academy of Medicine
Marie-France Conde Pediatrics
Forest Hills Podiatry
Quality Med
Ahmadur Rahman MD PC
Robert Lechtenberg, M.D.

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