They say New York City is a great place to raise a family. (That wasn’t always the case, you know!) Indeed, NYC feels more and more kid- and parent-friendly by the day. Here are just a few of the reasons to be thankful you’re bringing up baby in NYC.

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Prospect Park photo: via Yusuf C on Flickr

1. We have a huge back yards and never have to mow or rake them.

2. In many neighborhoods, you’re more likely to get kicked out of an establishment for not breastfeeding your child.

3. Governors Island, home to giant slides, an anything-goes playground, art festivals,  events  all summer long, and more.

4. You need a tri-lingual au pair who drives stick and cooks gourmet vegan meals? Yeah, we’ve got that.

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photo: via Kevin Hale on Flickr

5. Dinosaurs! Sleeping with Dinosaurs! (Or in a cathedral, on an aircraft carrier, at the zoo, etc.)

6. Sometimes the best part of an outing is taking the subway, and that’s OK. (It’s great, in fact.)

7. The playgrounds are always full.

8. There’s always another parent acting more crazy than you are (no matter how crazy that is).

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Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog (Yellow)” photo: Mimi O’Connor

9. Our museums make art fun. And we have Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Calder’s circus, Degas’ dancers, Thiebaud’s pies and cakes and a whole crop of Vermeers to help pass on some art appreciation.

10. We also have smaller museums nobody else does.

11. It’s easy (well, easier) to lose the baby weight when you walk everywhere with your newborn, whether it’s via stroller or carrier.

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Bagel photo via Nate Steiner on Flickr

12. Bagels!

13. There’s a zoo in every borough.

14. Our parent networks produce a robust and never-ending supply of deeply-discounted Bumbos, Boppys, jumpers and more. (Never pay full price!) Plus: lots of great advice on how to navigate NYC as a parent.

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