The NYC Neighborhoods New Yorkers Are Moving to and From

According to recent analysis by Updater of 30,000 of their users’ migration patterns within New York City during the past year, New Yorkers are flocking to 5 Manhattan neighborhoods and leaving 2 behind. “We identified 5 zip codes that were clearly the most popular amongst New Yorkers moving within Manhattan,” said David Greenberg, Updater CEO. “Most moved to gain more space, get a better deal on rent, or to buy their first home.”

The 5 most popular Manhattan neighborhoods

  • Hell's Kitchen — 10019
  • East 90s, Upper East Side — 10128
  • East 30s, Murray Hill — 10016
  • West 70s, Upper West Side — 10023
  • West 100s, Upper West Side — 10025

Where New Yorkers are moving in Brooklyn and the Bronx

In Brooklyn, there was an uptick in New Yorkers migrating from Park Slope to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Bronx neighborhoods Spuyten Duyvil and Kingsbridge in the Bronx experienced noticeable increases in the percentage of new residents moving in from Manhattan (as compared to 2015).

NYC neighborhoods where New Yorkers are happiest

“‘Happy’ is obviously a subjective term,” Greenberg said. Updater defined “happy” residents as people moving within the same neighborhood. Greenberg said, “This group moved within their existing neighborhood.”

Updater found that the people happiest with their location live in the Union Square and Brooklyn Heights neighborhoods. This group was the most likely to move within their neighborhood — whether within their building or just down the block.


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