What is a relatively safe and reasonably priced area to live near Brooklyn College?
I'm a grad student looking for a studio or 1 br.Question asked via StreetAdvisor The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of Douglas Elliman.
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I've lived in Brooklyn for 32 years coming from a Caribbean country. The notion that caribbean people have made the area unsafe is quite preposterous. My dad owns a brownstone in Bedstuy on Decatur St, and I thought when I first came here that was a damn awful place to live. I moved as soon as turned 18 and got a job to Flatbush. It has seen days of good and bad. I live on East 32nd St, and most of the people there come from different islands. The homes are maintained, those with gardens in the front take pride and for many of the nearby Streets. Of course there is some crime, but comes from overcrowding and levels of poverty and lack of education. I will not say that some caribbean people do not commit crimes, but I see Puerto Ricans, Arabs, Whites and Blacks doing the same thing trying to survive in an increasingly expensive time. Most of the Caribbean people have city jobs and own their homes and now Whites who are out-priced in Manhattan are flocking the area. What I now see is an increase in dogs, and owners who don't pick up after themselves. Most West Indians don't have dogs in their homes since that is quite taboo in the Caribbean countries, where animals belong outside. So don't go stereotyping. As we can say Italians and Russians love being in the Mafia, Jews love to undercut and misrepresent and steal homes from Blacks and blah blah blah.
Not a good place to live anymore. I'm born and raised in Brooklyn and all areas changed. Some good some bad. In your case.....THE BAD.
Oh yea....and use your street smarts. Don't walk around with your expensive phone in your hand, especially at night. I'm a young female from Cali and I do it sometimes, people think I grew up there and they see me all of the time so that lessens my chances of trouble following me. I still would never just walk past a group of sketchy guys with the iphone 5 in hand at 2am.