Check Out the Greenest Neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Want to know how green your block is? There's a map for that, thanks to Rentenna.
Nobody moves to New York City for the nature, but that doesn't mean nature is absent from city blocks. Depending on your neighborhood, trees, gardens, parks and farmers' markets can provide relief from all the brick and pavement. In fact, Rentenna recently mapped the greenest areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn and dubbed the project "NYC Green Heatmap."
In Manhattan the greenest neighborhoods were Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, Union Square and the West Village. The area around 81st Street and Columbus, as well as 86th Street and York Avenue, was especially verdant. A surprise green hot spot? Alphabet City. In Brooklyn the greenest areas included Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Boerem Hill and the length of the Ocean Parkway corridor.
Some of these neighborhoods are hardly surprising, but perhaps more telling are the neighborhoods that don't depict a single shade of green. If you like to see a little bit of shrubbery outside your living room window, steer clear of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Garment District.
As Rentenna states: "As Americans become increasingly urbanized, quality-of-life considerations like building amenities, access to public transportation, local food options and proximity to green spaces have increasingly become the metrics by which renters choose their next apartment."
Check out the heatmaps to see how your block matches up against other city blocks. You can also calculate a particular rental apartment's "Green Score," which is based on the unit's proximity to parks and farmers' markets.