As the most populous city in the United States, New York is the world-famous hub of American culture, boasting notable landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. With immediate access to professional Broadway plays, world-class restaurants and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, seniors who love culture, food and arts will never tire of things to do. For a northern city not known for having one of the best climates, New York’s 224 sunny days per year still outnumber the 205 national average.
Seniors aged 65 and over make up 13.6% of the nearly 8.4 million residents, and with this large population comes approximately 250 senior centers, a wealth of aging-related services and over 100 assisted living options. While assisted living costs in the city average $5,916 per month, seniors with varying budgets and benefits, such as Medicaid, have options. As a starting guide for those interested in learning what assisted living in New York City is all about, we’ve highlighted eight of our favorite facilities below.
West 74th Street Residence
300 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
With a desirable Manhattan location in the Upper West Side close to Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, West 74th Street Residence is the perfect assisted living facility for seniors seeking a comfortable, homelike setting in the city. The low, all-inclusive monthly rates cover daily meals from the Kosher-style kitchen, where residents receive specialized, nutritional meals developed by a chef and registered dietitian. Four on-staff social workers provide benefits and referral services and facilitate therapeutic groups to nurture the residents’ feelings of community and well-being. Long-term residents enjoy fun social traditions, such as annual apple-picking trips and a New Year’s Eve ball.
Atria West 86
333 W. 86th St.
New York, NY 10024
Seniors at Atria West 86 enjoy life in a luxurious, all-inclusive and pet-friendly facility steps from River Park and the banks of the Hudson River. Residents can choose to enjoy chef-prepared meals in one of the community’s three dining halls or use the town car transportation service to visit their favorite restaurants. Spacious apartments with high ceilings feature tasteful art deco design touches, and residents are free to use the on-site library and beauty salon at their leisure. Along with its undeniable elegance, we feature this facility in our list of New York’s top eight assisted living facilities for its rooftop terrace and penthouse fitness center offering stunning views of Manhattan.
Carnegie East House
1844 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10128
Carnegie East House is a nonprofit senior living community offering residents personalized care plans and a concierge desk providing 24-hour access to care. The building’s hotel-like design includes a lobby, solariums and a garden terrace perfect for relaxation and socializing. The on-site pharmacy and nurse’s office make it easy for residents to attend to health needs, and to stay active, residents can use the on-site fitness center and game room. Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the facility is conveniently close to the Guggenheim Museum and Mount Sinai Hospital.
VillageCare at 46 & Ten
510 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
VillageCare at 46 & 10 is a vibrant assisted living facility celebrating New York’s urban city life and the varied backgrounds of its residents. Each resident enjoys a 24-hour concierge service for assistance with appointments and errands, weekly housekeeping and a personalized care plan. They can also choose between spacious studios or one-bedroom apartments, and the dining room’s menus include varying selections of delicious, nutritional entrees, sides and desserts.
Lott Community Home Health Care
1261 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10029
Across the street from beautiful, tree-lined Central Park and near the famed Museum Mile, Lott Community Home Health Care is staffed by a dedicated team of care managers who meet five days per week to discuss residents’ care and well-being. The 127-apartment building contains several activity centers, an attractive lobby, a garden and a patio. We chose Lott Community Home Health Care for our list of New York’s top eight facilities because, with its focus on providing a safe, family-like environment, the facility is one of the few in the city that accepts Medicaid.
Sunrise of Edgewater
351 River Rd.
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Located directly across the river from Manhattan between the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, Sunrise of Edgewater boasts beautiful Victorian-style architecture and impeccably maintained grounds. The restaurant-style dining hall offers pureed foods and nutritious meals prepared by a chef who consults with residents on their unique preferences and tastes. We chose this facility for our New York top eight list for its commitment to high-quality care, reflected in its family educational programs, monthly resident wellness checks and AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award.
Harbor Terrace Adult Care & Assisted Living
110 Henderson Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10301
Harbor Terrace Adult Care & Assisted Living is set in Staten Island’s Snug Harbor neighborhood, walking distance from the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and the Staten Island Museum. The facility accepts Medicaid and offers its residents affordable, professional, coordinated care as well as transportation services and benefits assistance. Residents may live in private or semiprivate rooms and enjoy the convenient and plentiful amenities, including a cinema room, well-stocked library, devotional services and recreation center.
The Atrium at Hamilton Park
330 9th St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
An Alaris Health facility, the Atrium at Hamilton Park is located in Jersey City with convenient access to the Holland Tunnel and just three blocks from its beautiful namesake park. While a registered nurse is on-site around the clock, additional nurses are also available 16 hours per day to provide residents with quality care. Along with its personal shopping and recreational programs, we selected this community for our top eight New York assisted living facilities for its unique health care programs, including pain management, psychological care and diabetic care.
Is New York the Right Choice for You?
With dozens of assisted living options of varying sizes, prices and environments, the Big Apple has something for seniors of every background. Combined, the city’s immensely diverse population speaks over 800 languages across its five unique boroughs. No matter where seniors reside in the city, they’re sure to find impressive architectural views, delicious, multicultural foods and fantastic people-watching.