Moving From Las Vegas

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    My wife and I are moving from Las Vegas to New York in August. I was born in Harlem but have been away from NYC since 1988.

    We want to rent a brownstone apartment in Stuyvesant Heights. A friend of ours owned a brownstone in the neighborhood and we thought it would be a nice area to live.

    However, the information we get when we inquire about the area is 50-50. Half the people say it is a bad neighborhood and the other half say it is wonderful. Is Stuyvesant Heights a nice family area or is it an unsafe community better left alone? I hope to get responses to my question to help us decide what to do. Thank you.

    7 Replies

    1. I thank everyone who responded to the post. We hoped it would help us to make a decision and it has. We will go with our first choice and move there in August. Thank you.

    2. I like Harlem, but I prefer Stuy Heights. Nice houses, flowers everywhere, friendly neighbors, a good library, an ice cream shop, a good diner (Peaches), and a good restaurant with small plates and pizza (Saraghina).

      Rents are also reasonable and the apartments much nicer. If it’s just the two of you, you can get a 1.5 br floor-through on the top floor with two fireplaces and all the original trim in excellent condition for $1300 or so.

    3. what about a move back to harlem? it’s changed so much since the 80’s. check out blog harlembespoke.com

    4. You were in NYC prior to 1988. I think you can handle Stuy Heights. It’s probably the equivalent of what Park Slope was back then.

    5. I have been in the Stuy Heights area 3+ years and I don’t think it is 50/50 at all. I agree more or less with what Dave said above. The boundaries he mentions are more or less accurate although with every rule there are some notable exceptions.

      If you are looking at Stuyvesant Heights proper (the area around Stuyvesant and Lewis between Chauncey and McDonough), I think these blocks are some of BK’s family friendliest.

      We own in the neighborhood (by choice) and have tenants here are as well. No complaints from anyone.

      Full disclosure, this is NYC so there are the typical things to be weary of, but nothing to discourage us from living here

    6. I have been in the Stuy Heights area 3+ years and I don’t think it is 50/50 at all. I agree more or less with what Dave said above. The boundaries he mentions are more or less accurate although with every rule there are some notable exceptions.

      If you are looking at Stuyvesant Heights proper (the area around Stuyvesant and Lewis between Chauncey and McDonough), I think these blocks are some of BK’s family friendliest.

      We own in the neighborhood (by choice) and have tenants here are as well. No complaints from anyone.

      Full disclosure, this is NYC so there are the typical things to be weary of, but nothing to discourage us from living here

    7. My sister bought in Stuy Heights last year, she moved from being between malcolm x and patchen to stuy ave and it’s a world of a difference. I recently had brunch with her on saturday on lewis ave at an Italian restaurant, and this was not your ordinary corner pizza spot. It was a great mixed crowd and you would have never though when sitting in the back yard that you were in “bed-stuy”. I say go for it, just think..years ago people were asking the same question about fort green. good luck

    8. Ive ben there since 2007 and seems pretty damn safe to me. Although bed Stuy itself is huge and many parts are not safe, Stuy heights seems quite safe…stay west of malcolm X, south of Jefferson and east of Throop…others will disagree with this of course.

      More importantly, my tenant, a younger woman, thinks it’s safe and has no problem, as do most of the other people whom I personally know in the area.