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Nowadays, more and more families are deciding to find a home in New York City and settle for good. Cultural opportunities, excellent education and childcare, diversity, job opportunities, and good public transportation, are some of the reasons families from all parts of the country are coming to NYC. This metropolis also offers a lot of great neighborhoods for families. If you are thinking about moving with your family to Upper West Side, one of the top Manhattan neighborhoods for families, here are a few tips to help you prepare.

What makes the Upper West Side a good choice?

This peaceful neighborhood extends from Central Park West to the Hudson River, and from 59th to 110th Street. It is far enough from the hustle and bustle of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, so you can easily avoid the crowds of tourists while still being close to all the main attractions. If you are searching for that homey, residential feel, this neighborhood is for you. The residents of UWS vary from young families and couples to long-time residents who have been living here for over 30 years.

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Unlike most NYC neighborhoods, this one really feels like a neighborhood.

Moving with your kids to Upper West Side

Preparing your kids for this big change can be a challenge. Of course, it depends on the kids’ age and personality. While it can be a seamless transition in some cases, in others, it is everything but.

Tell them as early as possible

Keeping your upcoming relocation a secret is not recommendable. Kids like to have a sense of stability and major changes can make them uncomfortable, to say the least. Older kids may already have developed deep friendships in your current city, so the move can be very hard on them. Therefore, the earlier they find out about the move, the more time they will have to adjust to the idea, and even get excited.

Make them feel involved

Remember how frustrating it was whenever your parents made a decision concerning your life not taking your opinion into consideration? Imagine how your kids will feel when you tell them you’ve made a decision to move. So, make them feel like they have a say in this. Let them help with the move. They can pack their old room and decorate the new one, for example. This will keep them busy and give them something to look forward to.

Do not break all ties with your old home

Your kids will probably miss their old home. A lot. Therefore, help them keep in touch with their old friends and neighbors. In addition to using technology, visit your old city as often as you can. This will be harder if you’re moving to NYC from a long distance, however, it is very important, at least in the beginning. Moreover, make sure you bring some of their favorite stuff to your new place – toys, blankets, pillows, pictures, even furniture if possible. This will make them feel more at home.

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When moving with your family to Upper West Side, pack the kids’ room last and unpack it first when you arrive.

Plan some fun activities

A short trip to NYC prior to the relocation will give the little ones even more things to look forward to. If making that trip is not feasible at the moment, there’s still technology – put the internet to good use. Moving to NYC with kids can be incredibly fun thanks to numerous entertainment opportunities the city offers. The UWS is quite impressive itself, plus, you will be well-connected to other cool NY neighborhoods.

Declutter before moving with your family to Upper West Side

Manhattan is the priciest borough in NY. Housing prices are way above the nation’s average, which forces many families to downsize. Decluttering is recommendable before any move, especially when moving into a smaller apartment. Decide what you want to keep and divide the rest of your stuff into these 4 piles:

  • Donate: Underprivileged families could use your old furniture, appliances, bedclothes, etc. Contact a charity organization and help those in need.
  • Sell: Why not use this opportunity to make some money before moving with your family to Upper West Side? You know you’ll need it.
  • Store: If you can’t part with some of your belongings but you can’t take them to your new apartment either, NYC storage services are the best solution.
  • Toss: Some things are in such bad shape that no one can use them anymore. Just be careful where you toss them, especially when it comes to harmful materials.

Professional movers make relocating with your family to UWS much easier

Do not hesitate anymore and contact professional movers to help you relocate to this part of New York. It is going to be much easier and quicker with reliable professionals by your side, especially if you have a big family. If you are in a hurry, calling a full-service moving company is a must. In addition to transporting your belongings, many companies can take care of the packing and unpacking, too. Moreover, the best moving companies Upper West Side offers can get you quality packing supplies, so you don’t have to worry about that either. Imagine how much time and energy you will save! Just make sure to book them on time since NYC movers are always busy, especially during the summer months. Also, do a background check so as to avoid becoming a victim of a moving scam. 

Fun things to do after moving with your family to Upper West Side

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New York’s Upper West Side is famous for its iconic institutions, theaters, libraries, shops and family restaurants.

The Upper West Side boasts amazing restaurants, parks, theatres, museums, and nightlife. There are many family-friendly institutions you can visit on a regular basis after moving with your family to Upper West Side, such as:

  • the American Museum of Natural History,
  • Symphony Space,
  • DiMenna Children’s History Museum,
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan, etc.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the New York City Ballet.
  • At the historic Beacon Theatre, you can see world-famous musicians.
  • And let’s not forget the (free) American Folk Art Museum.

Moreover, there are two stunning parks – Riverside Park and Central Park. Your kids will love the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.


About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011