1. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Perhaps the neighborhood most affected by the L Train turmoil has been Williamsburg. But now that the transportation debacle has settled, don’t hesitate to make your way into the hip Brooklyn nabe—a great place for families, not just trendy New Yorkers. McCarren Park is a green oasis that residents can use year-round thanks to the large pool and ice skating rink. When your brood finishes exploring fun outdoor activities, kids will want to make a beeline to super-cool play spaces like Twinkle Playspace, which features a cool locale for littles to jump, slide and run with their friends. Don’t let the “21+” rule of Brooklyn Bowl deter you: The old-school bowling alley and performance venue hosts family-friendly hours where everyone can enjoy some friendly competition as they try to get strikes. Refuel at Sweet Chick—masters of comfort food—when bellies start to rumble.