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Thinking of moving onto President St. in Crown Heights. How's the safety?

I understand the area has improved a lot over the last few years; my budget doesn't allow for me to live in somewhere like Williamsburg, so I've been looking at Bushwick, Crown Heights, etc. The place I'm looking at is on President between Troy and Schenectady.
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LE1028 2yrs+
My lease in Crown Heights is just about up, so I can offer some help. I would advise not going past New York Avenue, and to stay north of Eastern Parkway. I lived north of the parkway for a year (St. Johns and Nostrand) & it's rapidly growing in those areas.
Currently, I have been living South of Eastern Parkway off Rogers Avenue, and while I've never had any problems, it's extremely quiet & not as "up and coming" as the north side. I don't really have anything bad to say, but I also don't have anything overwhelmingly good to say -- my apartment is cheap (a 1-bedroom), the building is beautiful, but the neighborhood is pretty run down. It was a sunny, beautiful day when I signed my lease so I'd advise going back to the location a few times before signing -- also, factor in where you spend most of your time. Cab rides from Manhattan are close to $30, and walking home at 2 am is really not the best idea.
Overall, I think it's getting better there, but I think it will be a few more years before it's great. I know a ton of people in the area, and they advise the same thing -- stay north of the parkway, and don't go past New York Ave. Hope this helps someone avoid leasing a year of unhappiness :)
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riotburn 2yrs+
It is the area by franklin ave that is gentrifying. Where you are looking at by President and Troy, isn't.
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haberdashery Ha. Thank you! We wound up passing on that place.
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