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Old 10-12-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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I'm thinking about moving to an apartment near Riverside/low 150's. During my visits to the neighborhood, my thoughts have been mixed. My wife and 3-month old baby would be moving there with me.

To give you an idea of my comfort level, I lived near Grand St/Bushwick Ave (E. Williamsburg if that exists), no problem there. My wife lived near Kingston/St. Mark's (Crown Heights). We had no major problems there, but I was less comfortable and would rather live in a safer place.

Also, I didn't get a chance yet to go over toward St. Nick Ave, I may be taking the ABCD at 145th sometimes, is it safe at night? Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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From end to end ,Riverside Drive is always better than the surrounding area !
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I'm thinking about moving to an apartment near Riverside/low 150's. During my visits to the neighborhood, my thoughts have been mixed. My wife and 3-month old baby would be moving there with me.

To give you an idea of my comfort level, I lived near Grand St/Bushwick Ave (E. Williamsburg if that exists), no problem there. My wife lived near Kingston/St. Mark's (Crown Heights). We had no major problems there, but I was less comfortable and would rather live in a safer place.

Also, I didn't get a chance yet to go over toward St. Nick Ave, I may be taking the ABCD at 145th sometimes, is it safe at night? Thanks for your thoughts!
Both nabes you mentioned are worse than riverside. Yes it tends to be better than the surrounding area. The only thing Id worry about is some spillage of QOL issues from nearby side streets. Also riverside tends to be more desolate than other streets so Id be a little more alert during off hours...
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:11 PM
 
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Thanks, makes sense from what I saw. What about the 145th ABCD stop, and the walk back to riverside? My wife may need to come home that way late nights occasionally.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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If it were me, I would transfer to the 1 as is would be a shorter walk back to Riverside Drive, even being a local train. Broadway also tends to be much busier than side streets, so I would tend to recommend that for night commutes.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: NY,NY
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IMO, if you are choosing to live on Riverside, which implies a higher than average rent in that area, then you should have the disposable income to allow your wife to cab it home at night. If not then, perhaps a more safe, but cheaper area would be prudent.

As has been said, Riverside, because of its isolation comes with some risk, and in the high 100s the side streets are markedly downscale as is the overall neighborhood. Consequently, one must make compensations, such as foregoing the subway late night.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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I would not go for riverside Dr from 125 st to 168 st. Riverside Drive is nice below 122 st. You have Columbia U, Barnard college, etc. The rent is outrageous though.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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I agree with Noo that both of your old neighborhoods were worse as far a general crime and safety go, but as others have mentioned, Riverside can get pretty deserted late at night. Do you mind telling us what you would be paying in rent up there?
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I would not go for riverside Dr from 125 st to 168 st. Riverside Drive is nice below 122 st. You have Columbia U, Barnard college, etc. The rent is outrageous though.
Its nice in the streets you left out also. Its nyc so unless you never leave your house your never gonna be completely away from some place or situation where you need to be alert and careful.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Thanks for these helpful replies! Here is an update on my situation:

Currently I am lucky enough to live in the low 70's, between B'way and west end ave. Upon telling my landlord I was looking to move, he offered me a slightly better apartment in the building right next to mine. So here are my choices:

-Live in the low 70's for $1800, in a small but true 1 bedroom, a bit run down, on a third floor walk-up with no amenities (and a really narrow, shabby staircase)

or

-Live on Riverside in the low 150's for $1500 in a huge 1 bedroom on the second floor, elevator building, with washer/dryer on the first floor.

Paying $1800 is a stretch for me, but I can carry that weight if needed. If it were you, would you choose the nice neighborhood or the nice apartment? Keep in mind I have a wife and three month old baby. Thanks again for your helpful thoughts!
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