25 reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family
We present 25 reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family! It's time to reconsider your move to the burbs.
Tue Jun 10 2014
We have the world's best pizza, hands down
Di Fara, Grimaldi’s, Totonno’s, Lombardi’s—our kids know their pizza, and they know how eat it New York–style: fold the slice, and use the paper plate to catch the drips. Let's see Chicago try that!
Your family can eat their way around the world without leaving the five boroughs
If Queens is the ethnic eats capital of the world, then Jackson Heights is its epicenter. Food groupies flock here for Indian, Nepalese, Colombian, Dominican, Thai, Tibetan and Mexican eats. Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is a bustling Italian enclave with to-die-for gelato and pastries and family-style eateries like Dominick’s. For a taste of Poland, head to Greenpoint in Brooklyn; you’ll find fine kielbasa and great pierogis at the hipster-proof Relax Restaurant. Over in Staten Island, Tompkinsville has a thriving Sri Lankan community; kids can sample dishes such as lamprie, a spicy bundle of rice, cashews, stewed onion and fruits, all wrapped up in banana leaves, at SanRasa. Of course, Manhattan has Chinatown, Koreatown and Curry Hill, but you can’t go wrong with an English breakfast at Tea & Sympathy, in the West Village's Little Britain, either.
There are so many awesome playdate destinations
There's no need to keep kids around the apartment for a playdate. Whether you want to pay a visit to the critters in the Central Park Zoo or settle in for movie night in Bryant Park, there are tons of cheap and/or free activities around the city to keep your kids entertained (and you, for that matter).
Our kids can be tiny film critics
Your little munchkins can become serious moviegoers as a natural matter of course. They're growing up in a place that has more films/showings than a mall's multiplex and offers programs like Film Forum Jr. Check out South Street Seaport's Front/Row cinema summer film series for starters.
We have the coolest playgrounds
...and they are everywhere. We especially love the molecular-looking climbing structures at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 Playground and the pioneering Playground for All Children in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park—it was the first to be built so that disabled and able-bodied kids could play together, and it rocks. Sprinklers, swings, slides, gardens and ball courts: We love it all. But for all that, the best playground is usually the one that closest to home. With a bench. And bathrooms.
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