Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Our neighborhood has basketball courts, hand ball courts, a dog run, playgrounds and a skateboard lot.
Since most New Yorkers don't have their own backyards, these public areas are filled every day with kids and entire families. The area for skateboards also has railings for tricks.
I don't often post photos of kids, but they do exist here in New York!
Often families move to the suburbs when kids get to school age. Some public schools are specialized and require high test scores to qualify, so children aren't guaranteed to go to a good school.
Every few years, parents go nuts with school applications. The competition is fierce. There is much comparing of notes about which schools are better than which.
Of course, one alternative is to enroll your kids in private school. The cost for yearly tuition at some high schools can reach as much as $26,000.
Related posts: Playing Ball in the Public Courts, Running Amok in the Streets and A Careful Choice, in Chinatown.