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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
 
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Could anyone describe the Brooklyn neighborhoods Kensington, Midwood (north of Avenue J), and Sunset Park with simple adjectives, specifically regarding the apartment rental market?


Ideally, I would aim to rent a studio or 1-br for less than $2000/mo. within a half-mile or 10-minute walk of any F (Culver) or R (Fourth Avenue line) station. I would be commuting to the Lower East Side (Second Av. & Houston St.) daily during normal rush hours. So, if I start on the Fourth Avenue line, I would transfer to the F at some point.



It's been 20 years since I've visited any of those areas or used those subway lines. How is the reliability these days on the Culver line?



Alternatively, if anyone could suggest someplace with reasonable access to the Lower East Side, I'd appreciate it. But I cannot think of anywhere closer-in that might be affordable.



Thanks much.
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Old Yesterday, 07:13 PM
 
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Kensington: closest to the city than the other areas, overpriced, some areas are cheap if you get lucky.

Midwood: starts at Ave H, so anything before Ave H is Ditmas Park or Flatbush. You might be able to find something cheap by Newkirk Rd but not Cortelyou Rd. Cortelyou is completely gentrifiied. Some real estate agents say that north of Ave H is Midwood but ask anyone in Brooklyn College or the locals and they'll tell you that that's Flatbush. Brooklyn College splits Flatbush from Midwood.

Sunset Park: probably the cheapest of the bunch but mostly private houses, so the apartments are smaller. There is some buildings closer to the Park on 7th Ave and 9th Ave but they vary on price.
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Old Today, 09:17 AM
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It depends on your nationality.
Kensington = Indian and Bangladeshi
Sunset Park = Chinese and Latino
Midwood = Jewish and Afro Caribbean
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Old Today, 11:59 AM
 
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It depends on your nationality.
Kensington = Indian and Bangladeshi
Sunset Park = Chinese and Latino
Midwood = Jewish and Afro Caribbean
Also Midwood, Pakistani
Kensington, Uzbek
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Old Today, 12:16 PM
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Also Midwood, Pakistani
Kensington, Uzbek
Thanks
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Old Today, 01:07 PM
 
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Sunset Park from 3rd to 6th avenue = Hispanic

Sunset Park from 6th to 9th avenue = Chinese, mainly Fujianese

Further east becomes Hasidic Jewish

Kensington Church Avenue = Bengali, Hispanic

Kensington Ditmas Avenue = Central Asians, Russians, Hispanics

Midwood = Hasidic Jewish on the west and Orthodox Jewish center, and Afro Caribbean east

Sunset Park = apartments, densely populated

Kensington = apartments, moderately populated

Midwood = single houses, sparsely populated
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Old Today, 01:17 PM
 
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Sunset Park from 3rd to 6th avenue = Hispanic

Sunset Park from 6th to 9th avenue = Chinese, mainly Fujianese

Further east becomes Hasidic Jewish

Kensington Church Avenue = Bengali, Hispanic

Kensington Ditmas Avenue = Central Asians, Russians, Hispanics

Midwood = Hasidic Jewish on the west and Orthodox Jewish center, and Afro Caribbean east

Sunset Park = apartments, densely populated

Kensington = apartments, moderately populated

Midwood = single houses, sparsely populated
Kensington is very dense.
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Old Today, 01:18 PM
 
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It depends on your nationality.
Kensington = Indian and Bangladeshi
Sunset Park = Chinese and Latino
Midwood = Jewish and Afro Caribbean

All 3 have big Latino populations. Kensington has a lot of Jews too.
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Old Today, 01:49 PM
 
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Sunset Park from 3rd to 6th avenue = Hispanic

Sunset Park from 6th to 9th avenue = Chinese, mainly Fujianese

Further east becomes Hasidic Jewish

Kensington Church Avenue = Bengali, Hispanic

Kensington Ditmas Avenue = Central Asians, Russians, Hispanics

Midwood = Hasidic Jewish on the west and Orthodox Jewish center, and Afro Caribbean east

Sunset Park = apartments, densely populated

Kensington = apartments, moderately populated

Midwood = single houses, sparsely populated
Sunset Park is mostly rowhouses, densely populated

Kensington is apartments and single houses, densely populated

Midwood is apartments and single houses in between.
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Old Today, 08:45 PM
 
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This is all very helpful. Thank you.


Does anyone know what the subway commute from these areas to Manhattan is like these days, in terms of reliability and crowding at 7:30 am? Is it tolerable or intolerable?


Does anyone have a handle on the street crime level for any of the areas? Or is it not to worry about? I am streetwise, originally from the tri-state area.
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