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Old 12-01-2014, 02:01 PM
 
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Seven years ago, my son moved to 125th and St. Nicholas with 2 female roommates, all recent college graduates who led different lives and ran on their own schedules. While they saw some things that surprised them on 125th St., it was a positive year for all of them.
Huge difference though between 125th & 132.

Can be a rough neighborhood, but I'm sure she'd be okay. I find that people in Harlem aren't out for trouble with strangers.

125th is the place to be for sure. Rent on 125th & St Nick is probably 2x what it was seven years ago.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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If y'all want Harlem roughness, try going back to 1978!

FDB, Adam Clayton Powell and Lenox are major strips with a lot of shops and a lot of bars, much more upscale than back in the day! The only bar that looks like 'hood' may be Lorraine's Place, on ACP! And that's saying a lot for even that one! All the other spots on those two streets are as chic as they wanna be!

The housing/changes are well documented on this board! I'll leave it at that!

Highly suggested Sunday endeavor: Melba's Gospel brunch, in the Harlem State Office Building. (4th Floor?) All you can eat buffet and great music! Of all the places to spend $20, that's as good as it gets!
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Use common sense and you'll be fine. True, 132nd is not 125 Street (which isn't problem free itself), but its not exactly the danger zone of Harlem either.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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It's a hood straight up. Don't let the gentrifiers tell you otherwise. Great food though if you can find the hole in the wall soul food joints....if they still exist.
Only Yvonne's is still there. Gary's Hot Pot closed some time ago.
The new(-ish) Abyssinian place actually qualifies but the service is very very slow. The food is fine but not worth the wait.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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Its really not that bad unless your experience has been never ever been dealing with black/hispanic people.
This is simply untrue and surely you know it.
Or perhaps do not.

I do believe that you have placed young transplant people there, however.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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Thank you for all of your comments. She will give it a month and then reevaluate. The area around 125th street and FDB is fine, but the blocks seems to get rapidly sketchy as you head north to 132,133street.
Yes, it's a totally different area.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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I hope she got a rent stabalized apartment. In another five years rent is going to be through the roof!
Not likely in that area. Too much social service housing, which is not going anywhere. It is more likely that the St. Nicholas Houses will be transformed into middle income housing. Which won't happen.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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Huge difference though between 125th & 132.

Can be a rough neighborhood, but I'm sure she'd be okay. I find that people in Harlem aren't out for trouble with strangers.

125th is the place to be for sure. Rent on 125th & St Nick is probably 2x what it was seven years ago.
Where ? The two big buildings at the intersection are very low income and social service tenants, ditto the corner of 126th. There may be other tenants ... ? But I have not seen them yet.

The school building has already changed, not entirely though. But that's one building.

Between 127th and 128th - major concentration of drug and sex offender rehab.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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Just spent thanksgiving weekend with my 22 year old daughter who moved to Harlem, near Frederick Douglass and 132 street. I did not like it. Felt unsafe walking around. I'm from suburbia, in a different state, so not sure if I'm over reacting as a parent. Daughters friend and roommate, who went to college in NYC, says its " fine". But, I'm seriously worried. Daughter just got there and is trying to give it a chance since lease is signed. Any thoughts?
1 block away from a really bad housing project (St. Nicholas Houses), I would definitely exercise caution in the area at night.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: West Harlem
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1 block away from a really bad housing project (St. Nicholas Houses), I would definitely exercise caution in the area at night.
Yes, they are an angry bunch.

But the social service buildings on FDB and St. Nicholas are even worse in my opinion.
Between 127th and 135th it is just about every building.

The Hampton Houses have some good tenants, old residents, but also a significant population very much like the worst of the projects across the way. The owners are trying to convert the buildings, renting re-habbed places for around $3,000. We could not believe it. People wrote terrible reviews after fleeing and I don't blame them.
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