We're relocating with a 2 year old and a baby. Looking for neighborhoods with lots of families, daycare centers etc. and prefer 3BR but will go for 2BR if otherwise neighborhood is great. Rent budget is 4.5K max. Both of us working in midtown (near Penn station).
We had a couple of days in NYC so we went to see a few apartments in Park Slope which we heard would be ideal for us as it is close to prospect park and lots of families with young kids, safe and fun area. But there were no elevators in the buildings so its either apartments with no light on first floor or walking up stairs which could be a nightmare with a baby and a 2 year old.
We tried UES / UWS, but that will be 2BR probably and daycare for kids (extended days...) is easily $2K each (and we don't want a nanny). The buildings we saw had gym and other amenities which is cool but we don't really need it. Also tried Hoboken, but didn't "connect".
We're looking for safe neighborhoods with green areas and educated neighbors, with many kids around. We're very sensitive to commute time (30 minutes max) but we don't really care about public schools because we're going to leave before our kids get to school.
So my two questions are:
1. How is Park Slope considered such a great place to raise kids with all those stairs to climb?
2. What other options do we have?