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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: Tina Buckman

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

    21. Because we know that hosting a playdate in your own place is for rookies

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

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

    22. Because our kids are exposed to all types of cultures

  • Photograph: Rosalie O'Connor

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

    23. Because we have incredible arts programs

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

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

    24. Because even though this is a pulsating metropolis, you can go catch-and-release fishing

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

    25. Because it builds characters, dammit!

Photograph: Tina Buckman

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

21. Because we know that hosting a playdate in your own place is for rookies

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The Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center

Because we know that hosting a playdate in your own place is for rookies

Drop-in play spaces were invented to keep the Play-Doh away from your iPhone and the Goldfish crackers out of your carpet—and to keep your kid's toys in the storage baskets for once. Fork over $15, and you can fantasize that the sleek and serene Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center at Scandinavia House is your living room. It’s worth it.

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Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

Because our kids are exposed to all types of cultures

There's a reason why New York City's called the "melting pot" of America. Every day and everywhere, from school to the subway, our kids are meeting people from all walks of life. Their group of friends hail from ten different countries, they celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown and they take French classes at FIAF.

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Mark Morris Dance School

Because we have incredible arts programs

The Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic teach tykes orchestral music appreciation, and DiCapo Opera Theater’s kids' program explains the plot before and during performances. Kids can spending their weekends watching flicks like "The Red Balloon" and "Singin' in the Rain" at the Film Forum Jr. program. And yes, we know they have ballet classes in the suburbs, but do they have children’s classes at the Mark Morris Dance Group? Thought not.

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Big City Fishing

Because even though this is a pulsating metropolis, you can go catch-and-release fishing

Kids can go catch-and-release fishing at Harlem Meer in Central Park, or in the Hudson River through Big City Fishing in. The Urban Park Rangers teach archery and take kids canoeing in city parks. And because we’re an island, it would be wrong not to enjoy the free kayaking on offer along the West Side at Pier 40, Pier 96 and 72nd Street. (Kids must be able to swim, and need a grown-up to take with them.)

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taxi, kids, cab, kids in taxi

Because it builds character, dammit!

New York City kids have to be resilient, and know how to spot danger, hail a taxi, order off a menu, tip properly and get where they're going. No school in the world can teach that.



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