It’s no secret that babies have taken over the Upper West Side. The once dangerous, drug-infested neighborhood is now home to every type of stroller imaginable. And I might add, that I make it a point to “stay out of the way” whenever one approaches. Ever since I was rammed in the leg when turning the corner on 87th Street, I learned my lesson. Guns and knives no more; the baby carriage is the new weapon. Uptown mommies and nannies are on a mission. Be sure to step aside or pay the consequences.
We joke about moving downtown because the UWS is being taken over by 7 year-olds. Interestingly enough, there are loads of children there too. Welcome to the new Manhattan. Once a city where families fled, the Big Apple is now a destination to escape the suburbs. Since New York is safer than in the past, and quality of life has improved with green space and play groups, the little ones seem to be multiplying.
Hoodlums exist here too. Often, there are gangs of teenagers hanging out around the corner in front of the synagogue on 88th Street. These ruffians get quite loud during their Jewish mixers. We have to close our windows at night, and often cross the street because we are unable to pass by.
Although we do not have children, we have friends who do, and they choose to live on the Upper West Side. Aside from the space factor, I would not hesitate to bring up my children in New York City.
With the culture, diversity, arts, and opportunity, this is surely where I would want my kids to grow up. I think about all of the amazing, successful people past and present who were born and raised in New York City: Vera Wang, Claire Danes, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Sondheim, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert DeNiro, Lou Gehrig, Diane Lane, Ralph Lauren, Neil Simon, and the list goes on and on.
Babies in the strollers and ruffians in front of the synagogue could be the stars of tomorrow. They may be artists, musicians, actors, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, or perhaps “just ” a future parent to another great New Yorker.