|The hustle and bustle of the city isn’t for everyone.–by casperrmoller via Flickr|
You may find that life in Manhattan is expensive, crowded, and at times, stressful. Even if you love New York and all the city has to offer, you may have the desire for more space, larger public parks, and lower rent. It’s okay if you prefer NYC in smaller doses instead of living in the thick of it on a daily basis.
If you work in Manhattan, it’s important to be able to get in and out of the city quickly and painlessly. Plenty of alternatives exist outside of NYC where elbowroom and green space are abundant, and commutes are manageable. Heading north a few miles could be exactly what you’re looking for, providing peace, quiet, and space, without the headache of a stressful commute.
We’re featuring three neighbors of Manhattan, and any could be the welcome change you need from life in the boroughs. If you’re a newbie and moving to the New York area and not up for inner-city life or the suburbs, you might want to start looking in this northern direction to find your new home.
Just two miles from the closest point of Northern Manhattan, Yonkers is an ideal option if you’re searching for more space at a fraction of the price. With more than $1 billion invested along the waterfront recently, the town’s diversity and revitalization efforts make it a viable option if you prefer the feeling of a small city rather than that of a suburban sprawl. Located in South Westchester on the Hudson River and only a 30-minute commute on Metro North to Grand Central Station, the area is attractive and convenient if you work in Midtown Manhattan.
At the center of Yonkers’ waterfront renewal are the pastel colored towers of the Hudson Park apartments, whose construction allowed for the opening up of new green space along the river. Built in the last decade, these luxury apartments provide unobstructed views of the Hudson for less than you would pay for a sliver of a view in Manhattan. In addition to the surrounding scenery and adjacent Yonkers Station, Manhattan professionals will also enjoy the area’s new upscale restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.
|A view of the rebuilt Yonkers waterfront with the Hudson Park apartments in the foreground|
Just east of Yonkers and two miles north of the New York City border is New Rochelle. Also part of South Westchester but smaller in size than Yonkers, the ride on Metro North from New Rochelle to Grand Central Station is approximately 35-40 minutes.
craving more space than what’s available in other city locations along with access to some of the best public schools in the city. Made up of several neighborhoods in a strip of the Bronx stretching from the Harlem River to Westchester, housing in Riverdale ranges from apartment buildings to architecturally significant mansions. Most of the high-rise apartments are luxury and staffed with doormen. Although more affordable than Manhattan, Riverdale is the priciest section of the Bronx, with the median residence value just under $2 million.
Located in the Hudson Hill section of Riverdale, Wave Hill is one of the city’s finest public gardens and cultural centers. The 28-acre estate offers spectacular views of the Hudson and the Palisades.
Yankee Stadium, the Botanical Gardens, Fordham University, and City Island, a coastal community that’s more like a quaint New England fishing village than any part of New York City.