Published in New York Family Magazine on March 6, 2020
Finding the best living space in NYC has gotten easier with these amazing properties that go the extra mile when it comes to accommodating families. Whether you are looking for a living space with a rooftop, a state of the art children’s playroom, or an apartment building located surrounded by fantastic school choices, here are 13 great properties you won’t regret checking out if you’re new to NYC or moving within the city.
One Clinton is an architectural beauty at the center of historic Brooklyn Heights. With direct access to Cadman Plaza Park, Whitman Park and a 10 min walk from the DUMBO area, this apartment building is perfect for families. Amenities include a sky lounge with full entertaining kitchen, bar, and terrace, children’s center with indoor and outdoor active play areas and a screening room. A state-of-the-art branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will anchor the ground floor of One Clinton and presents a unique facility for book-lover residents.
Manhattan: The Hayworth – Upper East Side
1289 Lexington Ave.
In The Hayworth, you can find both your family home and a center for the community. The world-class 92Y, in partnership with the Hayworth, will provide your children with music, acting, and drawing classes in the cheerful children’s room. Apartments’ interiors are designed by Lee Mindel of SheltonMindel. Each residence features an expansive gallery wall and has loft-like proportions with grand windows that let all the sunshine in your home. The elegant oak parquet floors are stunning, and the open kitchens are big enough for the family brunch. If you decide to eat out there are plenty of options nearby starting with Dig Inn right next door. The subway is a few steps away (4, 5 and 6 lines) and the local Whole Foods is a five-minute walk away.
Manhattan: The Kent – Upper East Side
200 East 95th Street
Residents of all ages will enjoy spacious apartments and a full suite of amenities, including The Sound Lounge, a music practice room designed by famous musician Lenny Kravitz, and Camp Kent, an interactive indoor-outdoor playroom. This coveted location is surrounded by everyday conveniences, including a three-story Whole Foods Market and small bodegas. Walking distance to the Museum Mile, the 92nd Street Y, and Asphalt Green make The Kent a perfect location for families. A big plus for parents looking for upstanding education choices, The Kent is surrounded by some of New York’s York’s best private and public schools- PS 77, The Hunter College Elementary School, The Windward School – Manhattan Lower and Middle SchoolsDiller-Quaile School of Music. The Kent is located between Carl Schurz Park and Central Park, with direct access to the Second Avenue subway (N,Q lines).
Manhattan: The Astor – Upper West Side
235 W 75th St
The Astor is more than a building. The Astor family were known as “the landlords of New York,” and in the 1920s owned as much as one-twentieth of NYC’s real estate. This pre-war building has been given a makeover, preserving the classic exterior and combining it with a modern interior. The Astor benefits from easy access to Central Park and Riverside Park, the two green spaces of the area. Located near Broadway’s theaters, performance venues, delicious restaurants, and the most famous museums in the city, The Astor is in the center of it all. The building has a 24-hour attended lobby, a fitness station, a children’s playroom, and summer gardens overlooking Broadway.
Manhattan: The Chatsworth – Upper West Side
72nd Street and Riverside Park
Spacious 1 to 5 bedroom apartments offer easy proximity to New York’s best restaurants and leisure activities. When you want to get cozy at home, the luxury Chatsworth residence can accommodate all your family’s needs with a fitness center, a playroom for the children and even a yoga studio. For those living with their furry friends at The Chatsworth, you have the luxury of ample green space, river views, dog runs, and pet-friendly restaurants on the Upper West Side.
Manhattan: The Belnord – Upper West Side
225 W. 86th St
The clean and modern Belnord stands out amongst its limestone sisters on the UWS. Extensive views over the courtyard, the cityscape, and the sky will inspire you every day. The Belnord occupies a prime location near some of the best schools and leisure areas- Riverdale park is two blocks away as Central Park is 10 minutes walk. On the south corner of the building is the subway stop for 1 and 2 express trains. Local gourmet restaurants The Mermaid Inn and Talia’s Steakhouse will be great for your special occasions and the AMC 84th Street theater is a nearby option for an afternoon movie day with the family.
Manhattan: Fifteen Hudson Yards – Chelsea
15 Hudson Yards
Fifteen Hudson Yards has awesome facilities for adults, including a full concierge service which will help get you the best dinner reservations around town, in-residence dining and butler service. They also have amazing facilities for the kiddos, including the sun-filled Imagination Center. This communal fun and games space is located on the 50th floor along with wellness spots and a beauty bar. The 51st floor is dedicated to entertainment with pool tables, club room, sound-proof screening and performance room, golf club lounge, wine storage, and tasting room. The neighborhood boasts exciting and inspiring new playgrounds at Bella Abzug Park and Chelsea Park. Also to be found in the area are superb schools, great pediatric care, and gardens to explore.
Roosevelt Island: The Octagon – Roosevelt Island
888 Main Street
The Octagon on Roosevelt Island is just ten minutes away from Manhattan, and offers magical views over the skyline of the city. With a freshly renovated fitness center, yoga room, entertainment center, and pool, your family will be spoiled for choice for activities. Other family-friendly facilities include a playroom, waterfront playground and a daycare center. The Octagon also offers a free shuttle bus service to local public transport to allow you to easily get to work and play!
Long Island City: Corte – Long Island City
21-30 44th Drive
The residences of CORTE offer a sanctuary in vibrant Long Island City. Corte’s super-cool and modern architecture makes a real statement, and you’ll love the floor-to-ceiling windows in each unit. Great family amenities include stroller storage, a playroom, and the landscaped communal roof deck. The grassy open terrasse boasts amazing views of the city and is great for family gatherings and weekend outdoor activities. Helpful additional features include a fully equipped gym, resident’s lounge, and parking.
Long Island City: 4545 Center Boulevard – Long Island City
4545 Center Blvd.
4545 Center Boulevard is nestled on the Long Island City waterfront with iconic sights of Downtown Manhattan. Located only a few minutes from Midtown, 4545 Center Boulevard is close to Gantry Plaza State Park, surrounded by 12 acres of green space, the Queens West Sports Field, an outdoor sports park, and nearby schools- 1st Ward School, Saint Marys, and The Riverview School. With multiple public transportation options like the MTA, LIRR, and NY Waterway, 4545 Center Boulevard offers the best of suburban living, in the heart of the city.