We typically associate a New Yorker’s lifestyle with the younger crowd because New York City is notorious for its hustle and bustle, commerce, and vibrant nightlife. But over 1.4 million NYC residents are age 65 or older, and this number is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boomer generation begins to retire in droves.

In response to the increase of retiring residents, the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) have opened senior centers across the city and continue to expand their programs and services.

The six neighborhoods highlighted below are near DFTA and NYFSC centers, programs, and services. Each one has something different to offer, so retirees can find something that suits their tastes.

Murray Hill

The Stein Senior Center is on East 23rd Street, a few blocks from the infamous Fifth Avenue shopping mecca.
Murray Hill has a low crime rate compared to the rest of New York County. There are also multiple medical and urgent care facility options every few blocks.

Grand Central Station is in the neighborhood, making it easy for friends and family to visit. The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are only a stone’s throw away.


The Rain Inwood Senior Center is located on Vermilyea Avenue, and the Dyckman Senior Center is located on 10th Avenue. Inwood is a good option for retirees on a budget because housing prices in the neighborhood continue to decrease, with a median around $400,000. Crime rates remain low.

This neighborhood is a mini oasis for residents who enjoy being outdoors. Inwood Hill Park provides almost 200 acres of space, and Fort Tyron Park offers 66 acres. The Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Gardens are a short commute away.

Hell’s Kitchen

Affordable housing for seniors is located at Clinton Gardens on West 54th Street – a block from the Clinton Senior Center on 55th Street.

Hell’s Kitchen boasts a low crime rate and is blocks away from Central Park and Columbus Circle. Residents can easily get to Broadway Theatre shows and visit Carnegie Hall because they will be next door to the Theater District. For those who like to be close to entertainment and shopping, Times Square lies a few blocks away.


Hudson Guild Senior Services is located on 9th Avenue, close to the Joyce Theater. Although real estate prices in Chelsea are currently on the rise, crime is not. The Chelsea Piers Complex is nearby if one feels compelled to work on his or her golf swing or take a dinner cruise. The High Line Park is also available for traversing.

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Narrows Senior Center is on 63rd Street. Some co-ops and condo apartments are selling between $250,000 and $359,000. Crime is low in this neighborhood. There are a lot of nearby hospitals and parks, and residents can easily get to downtown Manhattan.

Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Bay Senior Center is on Nostrand Avenue. Two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalows are as low as $315,000. Crime is low. Sheepshead Bay offers extensive boating, fishing, and sailing opportunities for relaxing shore-front living.


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