"Midway between Manhattan and Long Island"
Cypress Hills is an alright neighborhood, albeit a little far from the Manhattan. This is made up for by its proximity to the Broadway Junction station, which will give you access to the A, L and J trains. This is great for commuting, and it opens the option of an easy commute to Long Island as well because you can catch the Long Island Railroad from the Atlantic Avenue station. The quality of life here is varied. If a block is near an undesirable element like a major highway or right beside a train track, it’s usually a little run down and inhospitable. Otherwise, the north of Cypress Hills is bordered by cemeteries and parks, which provide a nice quiet backyard to many streets. On a related note, Harry Houdini is buried in Machpelah cemetery in Cypress Hills, and this is worth a visit for those touring New York cemeteries.