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Old 05-20-2015, 12:45 AM
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Moving to New York in July and I found an apartment near the Gates Ave Stop in Bushwick, literally around the corner from it for around $1000. But I was wondering about the safeness of the neighborhood, 'm from Oklahoma but I currently live in Miami so I've been to a few of the ghettos here and I've felt uneasy but nothing has ever happened. Im a 22 year old gay black male and relatively short (5'8").
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:04 PM
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It's fine, especially if you're close to the train. It might be loud if you're close enough to the tracks and Broadway is almost always busy with people, trucks, etc. Daytime it's like any other part of the city to me, at night most of the businesses are closed and it feels a little more desolate but I've never had a problem. I'm a 5'11'' white gay guy.

There does seem to be a bit of homophobia around still. I've never witnessed any but there have been some 'hate crimes' in the area. I'm not sure if you're the 'outwardly flamboyant' type but anything that draws attention to yourself could increase the likelihood of something happening. If it reassures you at all I have a bf that is 5'7", white and could be pegged as 'looking gay'. He comes home from work around 1am a few nights a week and has never had an issue with anyone.

In my experience it may just come down to who your actual neighbors are. The block I am on is great, very social and pleasant - everyone says hi to each other and most know each other. Where as some other blocks have groups of dudes hanging around all day being loud, catcalling women, etc. It's pretty hard to figure out until you're moved in but hopefully you have some nice neighbors.
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