Our family (me, my husband, 3 daughters ages 7,8,9) will be staying in NYC for 3 weeks next summer. Our trip is funded by a grant with a focus of exploring ethnic neighborhoods in NYC. Given the focus, we'd like to rent someplace in a neighborhood that gives us a good feel of living in NYC but is also convenient for exploring the typical tourist sites.
Are there particular neighborhoods that would be especially family-friendly, convenient and interesting? We're focusing on Manhattan or Brooklyn but we are in the initial stages of research so we are open to other ideas as well.
Thanks for any ideas you have!