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25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

We present 25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world for families (museums! playgrounds!) that are sure to make you reconsider a move to the burbs.

  • Photograph: Thays Bittar

    25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

    1. Because we have the subway—and we're not afraid to use it

  • Photograph: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

    2. Because we have amazing museums for families

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

    3. Because our kids menus rock

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

    4. Because our parks double as our backyards

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

    5. Because we come together in a crisis

     

     

Photograph: Thays Bittar

25 reasons why NYC is the best city in the world to raise kids

1. Because we have the subway—and we're not afraid to use it

This is the best city in the world. We all know it. But let’s say you’re trying to decide where to raise children. Suddenly, you find yourself spending less time thinking about impossible-to-get-into restaurants and ironic clubs with cocktails made by fantastically mustachioed barkeeps and more time thinking about…the suburbs. Not so fast! New York City is truly the best city in the world for families—and our list proves it! Below, you'll find 25 reasons why raising kids in NYC rocks, from our top-notch kids' menus to our awesome museums, parks and family attractions. Plus, there's nothing as cool as your kids being able to say that they grew up in the best city in the world.

1

Because we have the subway—and we're not afraid to use it

Yeah, it’s loud and crowded and often smelly in the summer, but we can go anywhere in New York City for $2.50, all day, every day (kids under 44 inches tall are even free). Our little ones are mesmerized by it, tweens beg to ride it on their own, and because of it, our teens aren't always in such a rush to learn how to drive. Not to mention that every New Yorker—even the youngest ones—knows the extreme bragging rights in stepping off the train through the doors exactly opposite their exit.

2
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Because we have amazing museums for families

Our museums are the finest in the land—if not the world. City kids know their way around the highfalutin Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Morgan Library & Museum; they dig the gritty Coney Island Museum and City Reliquary, and they value MoMA and MoMath equally. And we aren’t talking school trips—our kids hit these joints for fun on a regular basis to check out new exhibits, family days and special events.

3

Because our kids' menus rock

It may be true that most children love cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and spaghetti, but in New York City, we aim higher. At Blue Smoke, city kids dig jazz and gnaw on juicy baby back ribs; at Landmarc, the tangy lemon-and-herb–roasted chicken legs are picked up and polished off; and at SushiSamba, tiny chopsticks fly over mini bento boxes and sushi bites (rice balls topped with tuna, yellowtail and more).

4
Autumn in Central Park

Because our parks double as our backyards

While we may not each have a private patch of turf and plastic swing set behind our homes, we do have the best backyards in the world. In Queens, we watch the dragon boats on Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. At Central Park, we splash in Bethesda Fountain. In Brooklyn, we play ball at Long Meadow in Prospect Park. In the Bronx, we hike the 1,000-plus acres of Van Cortlandt Park, and in Staten Island we like boating at Clove Lakes Park. And at all our parks, we host the parties, barbecues and get-togethers we can’t always fit inside our apartments.

5

Because we come together in a crisis

Living in New York City ain’t for the fainthearted, and when Sandy hit last year, little New Yorkers showed that they’re bighearted, too. While the grown-ups worked on restoring the city (including kid favorites like Chelsea Piers, Luna Park, the New York Aquarium and even the Enterprise on the Intrepid), our children did their part. From fund-raising bake sales and danceathons to pulling little wagons full of collected supplies to donation centers, New York City kids stepped up.


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