You already know the reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family, right? But when it comes to finding a family-friendly apartment in Gotham, we know the odds are stacked against even the bravest of space-seekers. Lucky for you, we've rounded up our pick of the week's best two-bedroom NYC apartments, all priced between $1,800 and $2,600 per month. Just remember, if you love it, move fast-they'll be gone before you know it! Godspeed, dear renter, and don't forget the ten commandments of apartment hunting. Check back next week for more from real-estate site Zumper's inventory.
Two-bedroom in Boerum Hill, $2,600/month
Nab this cozy abode nestled in the northern section of Cobble Hill, within walking distance of the A, C, F and G trains. The second-floor walk-up opens up into a living room with hardwood floors, where your gang will snuggle up for movie nights. The connected kitchen is a dream-come-true for any parent who’s tried cooking for a family a cramped space—there's plenty of room for a long kitchen table and even for extra storage to help keep those overhead cabinets tidy. Set the kids up in the larger of the two bedrooms, where they’ll get tons of sunlight during indoor playtime, and when you need some fresh air, nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park’s stellar Pier 6 Playground is your go-to.
Two-bedroom on the Upper East Side, $2,595/month
If your brood could use a little breathing room, settle down in this newly renovated pad on the Upper East Side. Though it’s a bit of a walk from the 6 train at 96th St, the two-bedroom is situated on a quiet block just a stone’s throw from the East River—a prime spot to relax and spend some QT with the kids. You’ll forget you live in a cramped city with high ceilings and French doors creating flow between rooms. The tidy kitchen equipped with modern cabinets and new, stainless-steel appliances makes mealtime a breeze, and you can even fit in a table so the whole gang to eat together. Explore your new hood by taking a stroll across the Randall’s Island footbridge at 103rd St to the park across the river.
Two-bedroom in Bushwick, $2,149/month
With a Bushwick address, your youngsters will be some of the coolest kids on the playground! The hip neighborhood is increasingly becoming more family-friendly, with tons of new restaurants and grocery stores popping up amidst the art galleries. This two-bedroom is only one block from the L train at Jefferson St, making trips to Williamsburg and Manhattan super simple. There are large closets to keep the kids’ playthings neat, and with big windows in each of the queen-size bedrooms, there won’t be any bickering over who sleeps where. A sleek, compact kitchen and shared backyard are extra perks, and the kids are sure to make new friends at nearby Maria Hernandez Park, complete with basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts and spray showers.
Two-bedroom in Williamsburg, $2,350/month
Little ones with endless energy have all the space they need to pitter-patter around in this roomy Williamsburg two-bedroom. The massive front bedroom with two large windows makes an awesome master for Mom and Dad and the smaller one can be transformed into a combination bedroom and playroom for the tots. You’ll love having an open kitchen, complete with a dishwasher, ample storage cabinets and tile floors for easy clean-up. Have a furry family member to bring along? Pets are allowed, and the shared garden space gives the kiddos a chance to play fetch with Fido out back. Catch the L train at Graham Ave or Grand St and zip over to McCarren Park for a relaxing family afternoon.
Two-bedroom in Williamsburg, $2,599/month
This sunny two-bedroom has plenty of room for a growing family, complete with a large common space and high ceilings. A big, comfy sofa and dining table can easily fit, still leaving room for pillow fort–building on rainy days. The J, M and Z trains are accessible from the Marcy Ave stop and the G and L are just a short distance further, for quick travel to downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan. With playgrounds on almost every block in the area, tots will have tons of entertainment to choose from, but if you’re looking for a daytime escape, hop on bikes for a scenic ride over the Williamsburg Bridge.