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Noho named the most liveable NYC neighborhood for renters

  • RentHop’s new quarterly Neighborhood Index is intended to help renters on the hunt
  • NoHo tops list with few housing code violations, complaints about rodents and heat last quarter
By Jennifer White Karp  |
February 15, 2023 - 3:30PM

Manhattan's NoHo stands out for its convenience and is teeming with restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

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NoHo residents must have been doing a good job picking up after their dogs in the fourth quarter of 2022. The neighborhood scored the top spot on RentHop’s new list of the best New York City neighborhoods for renters, which creates a livability score based on how the area rates for key renter concerns like transportation, housing code violations, population density, and complaints about noise, rats, and yes, dog poop.

This is listing site RentHop’s first Neighborhood Index, which will be released on a quarterly basis, and is intended to help renters with apartment searches. Data scientists at RentHop looked at over 190 NYC neighborhoods to find the 10 best in the city, as well as the top five for each borough. The scoring system also awards points for renter friendliness, which measure how responsive landlords are to heat complaints and housing maintenance code violations.



Among the findings: Manhattan's NoHo comes out on top thanks to few rodent complaints, car crashes, and housing code violations in the fourth quarter of 2022. The report notes its desirability among renters and concentration of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

It is also on the pricey side: The least expensive NoHo rental on RentHop is a studio for $2,950.

For Brooklyn, the most liveable neighborhood is Downtown Brooklyn. It has a high convenience score thanks to 17 Citibike stations and eight subway stations, zero canine poop complaints, few vehicle collisions or housing violation complaints. 

In Queens, Long Island City is named the most liveable neighborhood. It has the most subway stations of any neighborhood in NYC, and has good access to parks. However, renters living here do complain about housing maintenance code violations, noise, and heat. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Long Island City had 1,153 noise complaints, or 325.6 per 10,000 households. And renters filed in total 973 heat complaints.

Other notable findings include:

Flushing (#39) has the highest safety score, with only 60 vehicle collisions per 10,000 residents. It is Queen’s largest neighborhood, at nearly six square miles and has the largest population in Queens. The neighborhood has the most park space of any Queens neighborhood. It also receives few rodent and poop complaints for a high cleanliness score.

Windsor Terrace (#16) is considered the cleanest neighborhood—it received zero poop complaints and only 3.1 rodent complaints per every 10,000 households. The neighborhood is relatively quiet and is considered very safe with a safety score of 99.8.

Astoria (#32) has the most Citi Bikes of all NYC neighborhoods, with 97 docks and is the third-highest ranked neighborhood in Queens. This large neighborhood spans over four square miles and residents here have good access to parks and can use six subway stations. Nearly 80 percent of residents are renters and apartments do not have many housing maintenance code violations.



Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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