How to Investigate Your New (or Current) NYC Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood can be so exciting! New shops to explore! New restaurants and bars to try! New neighbors to meet! New spaces to stroll!

But moving to a new neighborhood also raises all kinds of questions: Is the area noisy? Where will I go to the gym? Where are the grocery stores? What about schools? What about my commute to work? Do they have good takeout options???

The ideal situation is to answer a lot of these questions before you move. So with that in mind, here’s a list of some great sites where you can do your research before you sign that lease or contract.

And if you have no intention of moving anytime soon but just want some more intel on your nabe, these sites are pretty good for that, too 🙂

Neighborhood Statistics

City of New York

Furman Center New York City Neighborhood Data Profiles

Place I Live (If you’re thinking about moving, they have a great quiz to help you figure out which neighborhoods might work best for you!)

Address Specific Info (i.e. see what’s going on in and around your building)


NYC Department of Buildings Building Information System (This one is a bit technical, so it may take a little while to figure it out.)


New York City Department of Education

Inside Schools

Noise Levels

How Loud

Rent Lingo Noise Index

Environmental Concerns

My Environment EPA


Walk Score

And if you’re looking to make a move soon, give me a call. I’m always happy to help!