Inwood

One of Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhoods, Inwood is characterized by its multitude of parks and leafy green space, as well as its laid back attitude. Inwood offers an oasis of quiet and affordability. The vast expanses of parks make the neighborhood a big draw for runners, dog owners, and families, while the accessibility to Midtown, Westchester, and New Jersey is advantageous to commuters. Local mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, and Irish pubs give the neighborhood a jovial and unique identity.

Harlem

Harlem has experienced a recent renaissance of sorts with an influx of new developments, shopping, and restaurants. Although the neighborhood has gotten a bit of a makeover, its soulful identity still holds true. Harlemites extol the affordable cost of living as well as the shops, restaurants, and entertainment choices. Just a few options include the renowned Apollo Theater which offers shows and amateur nights, and Marcus Garvey Park which provides a swimming pool, playgrounds, shows and concerts, and is also the location of the city’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

Morningside Heights

Situated between Harlem and the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights has some of the city’s most impressive architecture, with row houses, turn-of-the-century apartment buildings, and pre-war co-ops. The neighborhood provides housing options for students and teachers from nearby Columbia University, Barnard University, and Manhattan School of Music, as well as for families and first-time buyers. Morningside Heights has a multitude of parks, including Riverside Park with bike and walking paths, and Morningside Park, which hosts a weekly farmers market nine months of the year. Shopping and dining options are abundant, and cater to students’ low budgets.