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Old 07-10-2010, 02:09 PM
 
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Hi everyone. I've been researching this board and internet, but haven't been able to find much information about the Garment district in terms of safety and liveability. I'm considering moving into one of the new residential buildings they are developing in the neighborhood; this one in particular is on 8th avenue, 37th street (doorman building).

How is crime and general safety in this area? Will I as a female in my 20s be safe walking from 8ave/37st to and from the subway (either to Penn station or Times Sq) in early mornings and late evenings? I read that the Garment district is mainly commerzial-zoned; does that mean there are less people around in the weekends and thus unsafer than during weekdays?

Are there other considerations I should be aware of for this area? E.g., is it noisy or polluted? Close to grocery stores? Etc.?

Thanks in advance for your insights and comments!
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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Hi everyone. I've been researching this board and internet, but haven't been able to find much information about the Garment district in terms of safety and liveability. I'm considering moving into one of the new residential buildings they are developing in the neighborhood; this one in particular is on 8th avenue, 37th street (doorman building).

How is crime and general safety in this area? Will I as a female in my 20s be safe walking from 8ave/37st to and from the subway (either to Penn station or Times Sq) in early mornings and late evenings? I read that the Garment district is mainly commerzial-zoned; does that mean there are less people around in the weekends and thus unsafer than during weekdays?

Are there other considerations I should be aware of for this area? E.g., is it noisy or polluted? Close to grocery stores? Etc.?

Thanks in advance for your insights and comments!

my friend lives at 34th and 8 and thought I have never felt particularly unsafe there I think its sorta a gross neighborhood. the streets there are dirty especially around Madison Square Garden. It's not much of a neighborhood and its packed constantly with tourists.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Some people consider this to be Hell's Kitchen, so you could try searching on that
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm not too fond of the area - too crowded on the sidewalks and not aesthetically pleasing. I can't think of any interesting grocery stores in the immediate vicinity - though there is some good food shopping on 9th Ave around that area (butchers, fish market, international market and a "farmer's market" that is really just very cheap fruit and vegetables, not locally grown). I think there may also be a real farmer's market once a week somewhere in that vicinity, though if I were living there and wanted a farmer's market I would probably just take the subway to Union Sq to the big one.

In terms of transit, the location is quite convenient.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: New York City
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It's not unsafe but it's not a great neighborhood. It used to be a lot sketchier because of Port Authority. It is very bustling. It's definitely Midtown Manhattan and the primary zoning is actually industrial, not commercial. That's why all of the garment factories are there (or what's left of the garment factories).

If the city ever zoned it for residential it could become a very sought after neighborhood because there are so many buildings that could be turned into lofts. It would be SoHo-North. The city is reluctant to do so because that would spell the end of garment making in Manhattan.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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You can look up statistics as to safety, but the thing is that it's so dark and deserted at night that I find it kind of creepy.
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It's a sort of creepy area.
It's in the midtown south precinct which is actually one of the 5 highest crime precincts in the city.The crime rates in that precinct are similar to East Harlem,Bed Stuy in Brooklyn and the lower East Side.
Here is a map showing the crime rates of all the precincts in the city.The darker the color the higher the crime rate.It's from 2008 but things haven't changed that much.Note that 3 out of the 4 highest crime rate precincts in the city are in Manhattan.
http://nymag.com/docs/08/01/080114crimemaps.pdf
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Default a doorman bldg

on 37th and 8th? that's news to me. to me that area conjures up images of "doorways" rather than doormen!

lots of hookers around there too. it's very harsh and severe in terms of it's urban scene

great buys in the little stores though. i bought a winter coat for $30 on the sidewalk there--best coat i ever had
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