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Slowly but surely, New York is improving its public realm for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst becoming more of a headache for drivers. With a growing network of bike lanes, the convenience of Citi Bike, and an extensive (albeit filthy) subway system, the city ranks among the best places in the country to live without a car. Plus, with our commuter rail, bus, and ferry services, along with vibrant commercial streets filled with local businesses; walkable neighborhoods abound in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Being one of the nation's oldest cities, New York's high population density allows for plentiful car-free access to shops, restaurants, iconic landmarks, and beloved parks. Taking a leisurely stroll is one of the city's few cheap pleasures. In Manhattan, subway stations are typically just a 10 or 15-minute walk away, while older neighborhoods in the outer boroughs, like Brownstone Brooklyn, offer similar accessibility.
According to the Seattle-based company Walk Score, New York is the 2nd most walkable large city in the U.S., with an overall score of 88.0, only behind much smaller San Francisco with a score of 88.7. The company was founded in 2007 and its mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods - and by walkable they mean how many errands and daily functions can be performed within a quarter of a mile without using a car. The score also considers the pedestrian friendliness of an area by analyzing population density and road metrics such as block length and intersection density. Visit their website to learn more about the index and its methodology.
Below is a compilation of Walk Score's 12 most "walkable" neighborhoods in New York City. It's no surprise that the metrics show many of the city's oldest and most densely populated neighborhoods rank near the top. Sadly, such vibrant areas have become so rare around the country, that new residents must pay a premium to live in them. Each neighborhood is paired with an active listing with an upcoming open house.

Listings with Open Houses in NYC's Most "Walkable" Neighborhoods According to Walk Score

124 Thompson Street, #2728 (Compass)

390 West Broadway, #3 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

166 Bank Street, #3A (Compass)

West Village Houses, #1A (Serhant LLC)

The Memphis Downtown, #14A (Compass)

Cocoa Exchange, #505 (Compass)

The Morse Building, #4B (Corcoran Group)

The Morse Building, #10B (Corcoran Group)

The Cambridge House, #5B (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Butterfield House, #3A3B (Corcoran Group)

Quaker Ridge, #16J (Compass)

Rutherford Place, #721 (Engel & Volkers New York Real Estate LLC)

Astor Place, #14B (Compass)

7 Bond Street, #2C (Compass)

Bishop Paul Moore Tower, #7B (Corcoran Group)

West Lake Terraces, #2D (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

The Madison Parq, #4E (Corcoran Group)

Madison Square Park Tower, #57thFloor (Coldwell Banker Warburg)

Parker Gramercy, #304 (Digs Realty Group LLC)

The Victoria, #PHO (Compass)

199 Chrystie Street, #PH2 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

75 Kenmare Street, #6D (Peter Ashe)

The Police Building, #2M (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)