More than 1.6 million individuals call Manhattan home, and more than 16% of these residents, or about 269,000 individuals, are aged 65 or older. Thanks to this large senior population, Manhattan boasts many senior-friendly resources, including senior centers and social clubs.
Arts and cultural opportunities in Manhattan abound, making the area ideal for seniors who want to explore, learn and engage with the community. The area is home to Broadway plays, Carnegie Hall and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additionally, the New York City area features some of the nation’s best healthcare facilities, including New York Presbyterian Hospital and Mount Sinai hospital, which can accommodate seniors in case of a medical emergency.
The cost of living in Manhattan is high, totaling more than three times more than the national average. As a result, assisted living expenses are also higher than average, reaching nearly $7,000 a month. This monthly rate is significantly higher than neighboring New York cities such as Kingston, where assisted living expenses are $4,100 a month, and Binghamton, with rates at $5,700 a month. While assisted living expenses in Manhattan are higher, living in Manhattan gives seniors access to the vibrant cultural scene that only New York City can deliver.
Note: Specific senior care costs for Manhattan aren't available, so data from the New York City area has been used instead.
Read on to learn about 10 facilities that made our Best Assisted Living Facilities list.
West 74th Street Home
300 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
Located on the Upper West Side, West 74th Street Home puts seniors in the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural scene. We chose this facility because it's conveniently located near the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NY Historical Society and Central Park. Residents can choose from an array of on-site activities as well. This facility offers music, art and meditation classes, discussion groups and movie and trivia nights. Additionally, seniors at the West 74th Street Home can enjoy annual events like a New Year’s Eve ball, Christmas dinner and Passover seder.
Atria West 86
333 West 86th St.
New York, New York 10024
Residents of Atria West 86 can step outside their home and discover local delis, restaurants and shops. Plus, Riverside Park is just a block away, making outdoor excursions easy to enjoy. This facility offers plenty of on-site social opportunities for residents as well. For example, they can gather with fellow residents on the rooftop terrace, taking in spectacular views of the city skyline and the Hudson River. A penthouse fitness center keeps seniors active. Atria West 86 also offers city-wide car service, with convenient transportation to medical appointments, shopping and more.
Carnegie East House
1844 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10128
We included Carnegie East House thanks to reviews highlighting the excellent care provided by the staff. This superior care includes offering residents a variety of engaging activities. The facility’s Director of Activities designs a daily activity schedule that begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a 6:45 p.m. movie every night. Cultural opportunities include poetry, music appreciation and Shakespeare classes. Seniors can also participate in sing-alongs, tai chi and intergenerational activities with children visiting from local schools. Afternoon tea and evening happy hour also offer opportunities for socializing with fellow residents.
Village at 46th & 10th
510 West 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Residents at Village at 46th and 10th receive specialized care that focuses on their health and wellness. All residents undergo an assessment by a registered nurse to create an individual plan of care. Social opportunities are plentiful, allowing seniors to connect with fellow residents. They can gather for two meals a day in the dining room. Village at 46th and 10th has both studio and one-bedroom apartments, allowing seniors to find comfortable accommodations to suit their needs.
Lott Community Home Health Care
1261 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10029
We chose Lott Community Home Health Care because of its quintessential New York City location, which overlooks Central Park. In addition to this convenient location, this facility also offers amenities that seniors can appreciate. Residents can stay active by attending daily fitness classes such as Zumba, body fusion, yoga or sculpt fitness classes. Other social activities include pet therapy, afternoon and evening movies and bingo.
3718-3726 Henry Hudson Pkwy.
Riverdale, NY 10463
Residents of Atria Riverdale can choose from one and two-bedroom apartments, equipped with a kitchenette, individual thermostat control and emergency alert system. The facility also offers well-appointed community features, including an art studio, movie theater, library and outdoor terrace perfect for socialization. Seniors can choose from three dining options for daily meals. Alternatively, they can pick up a smoothie at The Van Cortlandt, enjoy soup and a sandwich at Uptown Grille or order a drink and appetizers with friends at Hudson’s Pub. Atria Riverdale is conveniently located on a tree-lined enclave in the north Bronx near both Manhattan and Westchester County.
Riverdale Manor Home for Adults
Bronx, NY 10471
Cooking and cleaning are chores of the past for residents of Riverdale Manor Home for Adults. This facility's staff help residents with activities of daily living, from medication management to weekly housekeeping. The restaurant offers a full menu, with three included meals a day. Fitness classes and a robust activity calendar keep residents busy. Additionally, Riverdale Manor Home for Adults considers each resident’s unique needs when designing a care plan that maximizes their health and quality of life while living in this community.
Amber Court Assisted Living in Pelham Gardens
1800 Waring Ave.
Bronx, NY 10469
Set in a suburban area of the Bronx, Amber Court Assisted Living in Pelham Gardens is just minutes from shopping, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. This facility offers private and semi-private rooms and suites, equipped with air conditioning and attractive furniture. In addition to enjoying comfortable accommodations, residents also receive the care they need. Amber Court Assisted Living in Pelham Gardens offers medical supervision and personal care assistance, which includes help with eating, dressing and bathing. Daily exercise classes, bingo, card games, clubs and exercise classes keep residents engaged and entertained.
Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills
108-25 Horace Harding Expressway
Corona, NY 11368
Residents of Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills can enjoy plenty of activities to keep them entertained. Residents gather for literary discussion groups, coffee hours, teas, cocktail parties and religious services. Seniors can also get out and explore, going on outings to restaurants, theaters and museums. When they return home, they can enjoy the comforts of the well-appointed apartments featuring European-style kitchens, ample storage space and spacious bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers with grab bars.
Atria Kew Gardens
117-01 84th Ave.
Kew Gardens, NY 11418
Thanks to their location in Forest Park in Queens, Atria Kew Gardens places residents close to Manhattan and Long Island. Despite the facility’s cosmopolitan vibe, its well-appointed rooms promise a comfortable residential feel. Apartments feature kitchenettes, walk-in showers and closets and individual thermostat control. An emergency alert system connects residents to medical staff within seconds. Atria Kew Gardens also provides plenty of opportunities for socializing every day. Fitness classes, religious services, art classes and bingo are just a few of the many activities offered throughout the month.