The rankings: 31-40

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31

Clinton Avenue between Myrtle and Park Avenues, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

This extra-wide block features remarkably beautiful freestanding Greek Revival and Italianate homes, embellished with lush gardens and trees; on the downside, it's a bit of a haul to public transportation, and the street is capped by the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

32

East 93rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, Upper East Side

Grand early-20th century architecture, vine-covered brownstones and Central Park on your doorstep make this an exemplary UES location. Penalty: -1 point for the prevailing Ladies Who Lunch aura.

33

East 2nd Street between First and Second Avenues, East Village

The collection of brick row houses, which historians estimate date from the 1820s, is sublime, and one of the oldest in the East Village. The cool New York City Marble Cemetery sometimes opens its gates (an asset in particular for solitude-seeking goths).

34

80th Street between 35th and 37th Avenues, Jackson Heights, Queens

The pretty gray buildings here—set against an overwhelmingly red-brick backdrop—are a surprising find in this bustling, diverse area. Bonus: +1 point for a nearby farmers' market and Historic District designation.

35

Kent Street between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Maybe this block wouldn't stand out in Brooklyn Heights or the West Village, but in Greenpoint it's extraordinary. Attractive buildings and leafy trees create a nice respite for urban-stressed locals.

36

Marlborough Road between Albemarle and Beverly Roads, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Awe-inducing Victorians make this a splendid street to come home to, especially given the small-town feeling that's absent in most of the city. This is a neighborhood on the rise; pioneers will reap future rewards.

37

East 57th Street between First Avenue and Sutton Place, Midtown East

Here's a tasteful mix of small houses and large prewar doorman apartment buildings for the well-heeled. East River views and the history-laden Sutton Place add to the allure.

38

Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette Street, Greenwich Village

Perhaps the handsomest Central Village block; between the cavernous Beaux Arts firehouse, a car-repair shop that's a vestige of working-class Bowery and the Great Jones Caf, this feels like the New York you're utterly glad you live in. Bonus: +1 point for the Don DeLillo novel Great Jones Street (bragging rights for residents).

39

19th Street between 22nd Drive and 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens

Peaceful, diverse and bordering the expansive Astoria Park, 19th Street is a prime spot for those who want some quiet but also easy access to the hectic part of the 'hood.

40

North 6th Street between Kent and Wythe Avenues, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Near the waterfront, this block affords unobstructed views of Manhattan in a quintessential Williamsburg setting, near cutting-edge restaurants, cooler-than-thou bars and trendy boutiques.


THE KEY:

Aesthetics: Design, cleanliness and the overall condition of housing
Amenities: Restaurants, dry cleaning, etc.
Green factor: Not only trees and parks, but waterfront access
Noise and traffic
Public transit: Proximity to public transportation and the length of a trip to midtown
New York-ocity: The feeling of an only-in-New York spot
Affordability: A relative term, defined by by median sale and rental prices in the immediate vicinity

 

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