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1 in every 38 people living in the United States calls New York City home. It is one of the world’s foremost megacities and it attracts immigrants and visitors from all over the world.

If you’ve been living in New York for a while, you might be thinking about moving from where you are and moving to another of the NYC boroughs.

But where to live in NYC? It’s a big question, and you need a run-down of the pros and cons of NYC boroughs.

pros and cons of NYC boroughs

Let’s dive in.


Let’s begin with the most famous of all five boroughs in New York City. When a non-New Yorker talks about ‘New York’, they’re most likely referring to Manhattan.

It’s the hustle and bustle, the skyscrapers, the beeping horns, the steaming vents, and the yellow cabs. So many iconic sights and sounds can be found on this narrow stretch of land poking out into Upper New York Bay.

But is it the right NYC borough for your next move? Let’s find out.

The Pros

The most obvious pro for Manhattan is the sheer amount of things to do with your time. There is everything you need in this borough, and all within a relatively easy journey.

The whole borough is pretty well serviced by the subway and getting around Manhattan is easy. Manhattan is great for people that love the never sleeping, always-moving side of New York.

The Cons

The pros of Manhattan can look a lot like cons to other people. If you can’t handle crowds, bustle, or a standoffish population, then Manhattan might not be the best bet for your move.

Even if you like that aspect of the borough, you might not be able to afford to live in Manhattan. It is an astronomically expensive area of the city to live in. Most people anywhere in the country wouldn’t be able to afford it. Its cost of living rate is 128% above the national average.


Brooklyn used to be the budget alternative to Manhattan for many many years. But in the last decade or so, the trend of gentrification has turned Brooklyn into the hip and trendy borough that attempts to go toe-to-toe with its more glitzy neighbor.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Brooklyn.

The Pros

Culture vultures will be enamored with Brooklyn right from the off. The borough has a wealth of art, food, and culture. There are beautiful eats and sights all around the borough. If you’re into your street art, then a stroll round the neighborhood of Bushwick will blow you away.

Brooklyn is incredibly well-serviced by the subway and other transit links. The whole borough feels like a collection of small towns, each with its own charms and characteristics.

The Cons

Had we been writing this article 20 years ago, the cost of living in Brooklyn wouldn’t have been a con. But gentrification has had its way with the borough and now living there is barely cheaper than opting for Manhattan.

Brooklyn’s cost of living sits at about 80% above the national average and house prices have been soaring for the last decade.


Queens is the unsung hero of New York. It’s the largest borough in the whole city. In fact, if it was its own city and not part of NYC, it would be the fourth largest city in the entire United States.

Here’s the skinny on the other side of Long Island.

The Pros

The biggest pro of living in Queens is the sheer range of cultures and cuisines. It is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the entire world, which means there are countless cuisines out there to try.

It’s also way more affordable when compared with the seemingly trendier neighboring boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. You get all the benefits of those boroughs but without the eye-watering cost.

The Cons

Mobility can be an issue in Queens. The subway doesn’t service the borough very well unless you’re trying to hop between Queens and Manhattan. There’s an entire area in the northeast of the borough that the subway doesn’t even run to whatsoever.

Unless you’re working in Manhattan, commute times can be a big pain for people living in Queens.

The Bronx

The Bronx is probably the most maligned borough in the city. When looking at the pros and cons of boroughs, most people would take a look at The Bronx and decide that it’s too dangerous.

During the 70s and 80s, it did do a lot to earn its rather negative rep, but things have changed since then. Let’s take a look at the borough that The Yankees call home.

The Pros

The whole southern area of The Bronx is experiencing a bit of a resurgence in nightlife and culture. It will soon be a thriving area to spend time in. The whole borough remains pretty affordable by New York standards, but it is starting to ruse so you’ll have to move quickly.

The borough is a typically working-class one, so you’ll find a strong and tight-knit sense of community here.

The Cons

Let’s address the elephant in the room. The Bronx has come on leaps and bounds since the 70s, but the fact does still persist that crime and safety can be an issue in certain areas in The Bronx.

Transport is also a big issue for people living here. Public transit isn’t great, and having a car is pretty much a necessity for living in this borough.

Staten Island

Staten Island is the cause of a lot of debates. Is it really part of New York? Well, it might feel a lot different compared to the other boroughs, but it is a part of the city, one with its own charms and drawbacks.

The Pros

Staten Island is a great choice for families. If you’re after a detached house with multiple bedrooms anywhere in New York, then your best bet is going top be Staten Island.

Apartments in this borough are very affordable and it’s the perfect place to escape the noise and hassle of the rest of the city.

The Cons

If you’re after that special New York feeling, then you might be a bit underwhelmed by Staten Island. It has the feel of a suburb and you should be aware of that before you attempt to move there.

There is also no link to the wider metro throughout the rest of the city. Getting to the rest of the city involved getting the ferry. Which is at least free.

Moving Solutions for all NYC Boroughs

If you’ve now made your pick of which of the NYC boroughs you want to move to, you’re going to need some help getting there. Moving in New York can be stressful, so let Divine Moving and Storage take that weight off your shoulders.

We’re New York’s top choice for safe, reliable moving and storage services throughout the city. Contact us today for an estimate.

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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

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