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The MAS Survey on Livability

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation Conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

Satisfaction with Living in New York

Not very satisfied Not at all satisfied

Overall, are you very satisfied, satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with New York City as a place to live?

4%

13%

28%
Very satisfied

55%

Satisfied

Neighborhood Improvements?

Overall, do you think your neighborhood has gotten better or worse, during the time youve been living there, or has it stayed about the same as a place to live?

49% Stayed
the same

33%
Better

17%
Worse

42%
New businesses 55%

Real Estate Development

Support for Real Estate Development


Overall, do you think large real estate development, that is, the re-development of many blocks in a neighborhood for retail, business, or residential purposes, in New York City is good idea or a bad idea? Do you think this type of large real estate development makes New York City a better place to live, a worse place to live, or makes no difference to life in the city?

Better place to live Good idea

62%
Bad idea

39%
Worse place to live

23%
No difference

31%
Unsure

32%
Unsure

7%

6%

Walking as Alternative Transportation

Overall, about how many minutes, if at all, in a typical day do you spend walking to work or school?
Less than 15 minutes 15-29 minutes 30-59 minutes 60 minutes or more Does not walk Does not go to work or school

16%

14% 16% 20%

15% 14% 15% 17%

17%

18%

20%

Biking as Alternative Transportation

Overall, about how many minutes, if at all, in a typical day do you spend riding a bike?
Less than 15 minutes 15-29 minutes 30-59 minutes 60 minutes or more Does not bike

4%

2% 16% 14% 15% 17%

4%

8%

82%

42%
New businesses 55%

Neighborhoods

Establishing Neighborhood Priorities

Is it more important to you to have:

How much do you use the parks and public spaces in your neighborhood:

42% 53%
Public gardens New businesses
21%

36% 28%

15%

5%
Public gardens, green areas, and open spaces in your neighborhood New housing, shopping, and businesses in your neighborhood Unsure

Neighborhood Amenities

92 %

Has easy access to public transportation

78%

Is clean

75%

Has good parks and green spaces Is a good place to raise children
Has good schools Percentages reporting either strongly agree or agree

74%

65%

Neighborhood Assessment
Would you rate the following excellent or good for your neighborhood?

Street repair and maintenance No Queens 57%; Yes Manhattan 57% Police Protection No Brooklyn 43% Yes Manhattan 73% 14% 16% Safety walking at night Yes Bronx 78%, Brooklyn, 70, Manhattan 88%, Queens 77%, 15% Staten Island 82% Quality of available housing

17%

No Bronx 52%, Brooklyn, 55%, Manhattan 48%, Queens 49%, Staten Island 47%

Neighborhood Assessment
Would you rate the following excellent or good for your neighborhood?

Quality of Shopping Yes Manhattan 68%; No Bronx & Queens 40% Quality of Grocery Stores Yes Manhattan 73%; No 16% 14% Brooklyn & Bronx 36% Easy to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a fair price Yes Bronx (66%), Brooklyn (76%), Manhattan (77%), Queens 15%(71%), Staten Island (64%)

17%

Variety of Entertainment Options


The variety of entertainment, such as cinemas and theaters, in your neighborhood is:

42% 53%
Public gardens New businesses 45% 55%

Excellent or Good

Fair or Poor

Arts and Culture


How would you rate NYC as a place to experience culture in your neighborhood?

67% 67%
35% 19%
Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island

28%

33%

New Yorkers responding good or excellent

Public Libraries

Excellent or Good

Would you rate public libraries in your neighborhood 16% as excellent, good, fair or poor?

64%
Fair or Poor

14% 15%

31%
Unsure

17%

5%

42%
New businesses 55%

Engagement

Neighborhood Engagement

59%
I know how to get involved in my neighborhood

Have you done any of the following in your neighborhood: Been a member of an association: 23% Im not sure where to go Participated or gave money or who to contact to get to an issue: 45% involved in my neighborhood Attended a community board meeting: 33% Volunteered your time: 38%

41%

49%

31%

69%

64% of New Yorkers have


done at least one of these activities

I stay actively involved in my neighborhood

I do not have the time to be actively involved in my neighborhood

Which statement comes closer to your view:

Neighborhood Engagement
Have you done any of the following in your neighborhood?

Been a member of an association: 23%

49%
64% of New Yorkers have
done at least one of these activities

Participated or gave money to an issue: 45% Attended a community board meeting: 33% Volunteered your time: 38%

Making an Impact
Overall, how much impact do you think people like you can have in making your community a better place to live? Would you say a:

42%
27%

17%

21% 9%

Big impact

Moderate impact

Small No impact impact at all

Made In New York

When you see a Made in New York label, which comes53% to closer Public gardens your view:

Contributing to my local economy

Paying too much for Product

Unsure
2010

Borough Bests
Which borough of New York City is:

Proudest Brooklyn Best Value for the Money

16%

14%

Queens Most underrated Bronx Most Scenic Manhattan Best place to start a business Manhattan Most family friendly Queens Safest Manhattan

15% 17%
Friendliest Manhattan Best Place to Live: Manhattan

Outlook of Life in NYC

Overall, thinking about the future of life in New York City, are you:

Optimistic:

Pessimistic:

76%

23%

* Presents percentage reporting very optimistic/optimistic

* Presents percentage reporting very pessimistic/pessimistic

The MAS Survey on Livability


Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation Conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion