I live just outside of New York City. I chose this area because of the green parks, view of the city, outdoor activities and community feel. There are lots of kids in town and lots of events for families, like outdoor concerts, sporting events, and festivals. It is a diverse community with people from many different backgrounds. It is like a little oasis just across the water from the bustling city. As my Mom says, I have the best of both worlds because of the slower pace of life here, space for running and playing, and then easy access to Manhattan to see shows, go to concerts, shopping, all the things the big city offers.