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6.9 out of 10

Cypress Hills

Ranked 13th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.6808034233152 -73.8809743171559
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Cost of Living
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Beach Lovers
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Reviews

BC1 BC1
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Jul 26, 2016

"Gentrification is Good"

Its needs to be gentrified, its third world at best on the weekends, still lots of drugs and gangs. its loud, the recent rezoning seems to be making a difference, the new residents that are buying homes really make a difference. 4 homes sold on my block, Pine street near crescent street J line, this summer alone. Silver lining it seems to be improving this summer. Out with the old and in with the new, residents that is.
Pros
  • Great park
  • local CSA at the YMCA
  • Improving
  • Amazing park
  • Friendly local library
Cons
  • too many Dominicans and Guyanese, they are loud and unfriendly
  • too many illegal basement apt
  • Too many illegal immigrants
  • Bad reputation for safety
  • loud car stereos
  • loud dirt bikes
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"The last affordable neighborhood in Brooklyn"

This is a great neighborhood that is often left out of the discussion about Brooklyn real estate. We bought a home here last year and we are loving the access to public transportation, friendly neighbors, great local library and wonderful YMCA. We often take walks in Highland Park to watch the swans take off and land. There are tons of interesting restaurants and we just hop on over to Bushwick if we are craving something a bit "trendier" to do.
Pros
  • Amazing park
  • Friendly local library
  • Highly diverse population
  • Lots of ethnic food & shopping options
  • Very affordable housing
Cons
  • loud car stereos
  • loud dirt bikes
  • No upscale or trendy stores
Recommended for
  • Beach Lovers
bonnie-ecclesb
bonnie-ecclesb Thank you so much for the positive commenting about Cypress Hills. My cousins and I are renting a part of a rowhouse there in August and I just heard so not-so-nice things from a friend of mine about it. You have just set my mind at ease.
Apr 21, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Cheap & affordable, but not very safe"

Located on the Queens-Brooklyn border, Cypress Hills is a vibrant immigrant community where residents have worked to reform the town's negative image. When I was younger (about 15 years ago), my father worked near Cypress Hills. Whenever I went to visit him at work, he would tell me to take a cab there because it wasn't safe to walk around alone - even during the day. Even today, Cypress Hills is part of a larger area of Brooklyn that has a terrible reputation for public safety and consistently sees increases in robberies. This may be caused by the fact that Cypress Hills is generally a lower class neighborhood with many public housing projects and affordable housing developments. Rentals are hard to come by; most of the housing here is in private homes. Many of the homeowners were able to purchase their homes because the prices are very cheap and because they have received subsidies from the government. You'll see that the majority of people here use food stamps. The schools in Cypress Hills are mediocre at best, so I am not convinced that this is the best place to raise your kids. However, there are plenty of recreational activities, such as visiting Highland Park, which is huge and filled with great amenities.
Pros
  • Highly diverse population
  • Lots of ethnic food & shopping options
  • Very affordable housing
Cons
  • Bad reputation for safety
  • Weak school district
  • No upscale or trendy stores
3/5
2yrs+

"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.

Unranked Streets in Cypress Hills

75th St

2.5/5
"On Ruby Street"
40.6765821266935 -73.8617053728127
"Large and Pretty Homes on this Unique Brooklyn Avenue"
40.6804814813582 -73.887115584859

Barbey St

2.5/5
"On Barbey Street"
40.6806521575254 -73.8895203610544

Crescent St

2.5/5
"Full of people"
40.6831183228202 -73.8720214129369

Crosby Ave

2.5/5
"Nice, apart from the sidewalk mess.."
40.6820230523334 -73.8953052344848

Elton St

3.5/5
"On Elton Street"
40.6801452273486 -73.8847245126019

Etna St

2.5/5
"On Etna Street"
40.6865258447416 -73.8748752462329

Hemlock St

2.5/5
"On Hemlock Street"
40.6833763628485 -73.8710543950294
"On Highland Boulevard"
40.6809192753861 -73.8955181474229

Lincoln Ave

3.5/5
"On Lincoln Avenue"
40.6815406741294 -73.8687431685332

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