Regardless of what you think makes a city livable, you can’t deny these six things, all of which make the Big Apple one of the most livable cities in the world.

1. You can walk everywhere

Particularly in Manhattan, but even in many areas of all five boroughs, the city is walkable. Wide sidewalks, crossing signals at intersections and strategically placed train stations make NYC one of the most pedestrian-friendly towns you’ll find on the planet. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

2. The 24-hour lifestyle

Whether you have a hankering for a steak dinner, crave a dry martini or you’re in desperate need of a French manicure, you can do most anything in NYC around the clock. Manhattan is particularly known as “The City that Never Sleeps,” and for good reason. From late-night movies to taverns and nightclubs, night owls will feel right at home in Gotham. And if you happen to be up at 3 am, you can also go grocery shopping at one of the many all-night supermarkets, or grab necessities at one of the 24-hour Duane Reade locations.

3. Access to public parks

New York may be far from rural, but the city’s parks offer a splendid getaway and reprieve from the hustle and bustle. In fact, spending time in parts of Central Park, Riverside Park, Fort Tryon, and many green spaces in the outer boroughs, might leave you wondering if you’re in the city at all.

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4. Diversity

New York is one of the most diverse places on the globe. Often referred to as a “melting pot,” the city’s people hail from countries around the world and collectively speak more than 800 languages. Being exposed to a variety of cultures only enhances the lives of the city’s denizens. Children are raised with more tolerance and naturally accept the differences from one culture to another. Riding the subway is a terrific way to get a sense of just how diverse the city is. Scan a single car and take note of the uniqueness of each passenger.

5. Public transit

New York City’s subway system is the largest in the world with 232 miles of routes and the highest number of stations. By ridership, the NYC subway is the busiest in the United States, and the seventh busiest in the world, averaging 5.5 billion rides on weekdays. Trains operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

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Buses are also an integral part of the city’s transit system. With a daily ridership of 2.2 million, some New Yorkers prefer to commute above ground even if their commute times are longer.  Having the option of riding the bus or subway as well as taking taxis, and now the increasingly popular CitiBike make New York an even more livable city in the new millennium.

6. Opportunity

As of 2006, more US citizens wanted to live in or near New York City than any other city. Besides its excitement, pedestrian-friendly streets, an array of public parks, a variety of things to do, and the advanced public transit system, people come to New York for career opportunities. New York City offers a multitude of options no matter your demographic. The endless possibilities continue to make New York one of the greatest and most desirable cities in which to live.

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