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Old 08-17-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Default Harlem - Mt. Morris Park Area

My husband and I are in our early 30s, white professionals, thinking about buying a place in the Mt. Morris Park Area of harlem (below 125th and west of 5th avenue).

We'd obviously be careful (e.g., I wouldn't take the subway home at 2 am, wouldn't walk with headphones at night), but what about:

- taking the subway home at 7,8, 9 pm and the walk from 125th and lex to, say, 120th and lenox.
- or walking to the drugstore or one of the gyms on 125th street at 9 or 10 pm?
- walking home from a local restaurant a little later, 11 pm or 12 pm?

I think it's beautiful up there, and the values are amazing, and I've literally walked every street druing the day by myself and feel totally safe. People also seem really friendly. I need to get up there at night I know, but just wanted to get thoughts.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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It's like any other place in New York; as long as you're careful, you should be fine. And 9PM isn't really late for being on the subway.
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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I agree, 9 pm isn't late, we live in the East Village right now and the subway is packed at night. Mostly just thinking about that NYU student who was attacked on Saturday evening around 9 pm a couple years ago. I mean, weren't there people around? Though I suppose it happens in other parts of the city too, there was a girl shot in the LES a few years ago too.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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My husband and I are in our early 30s, white professionals, thinking about buying a place in the Mt. Morris Park Area of harlem (below 125th and west of 5th avenue).

We'd obviously be careful (e.g., I wouldn't take the subway home at 2 am, wouldn't walk with headphones at night), but what about:

- taking the subway home at 7,8, 9 pm and the walk from 125th and lex to, say, 120th and lenox.
- or walking to the drugstore or one of the gyms on 125th street at 9 or 10 pm?
- walking home from a local restaurant a little later, 11 pm or 12 pm?

I think it's beautiful up there, and the values are amazing, and I've literally walked every street druing the day by myself and feel totally safe. People also seem really friendly. I need to get up there at night I know, but just wanted to get thoughts.

It is a beautiful area. I have never had a problem walking around in that area. I will say though the last time I went to Marcus Garvey post the drummer circle situation, I was not looked at very welcoming. I was looked at even less welcoming when I stopped to watch the drummers. I definitely got the "whitey get out of our park vibe" but that will go away with time I think.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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It is a beautiful area. I have never had a problem walking around in that area. I will say though the last time I went to Marcus Garvey post the drummer circle situation, I was not looked at very welcoming. I was looked at even less welcoming when I stopped to watch the drummers. I definitely got the "whitey get out of our park vibe" but that will go away with time I think.
That's a shame. Perhaps they thought you were one of the yuppies from the new building? That could be from where the tension emanated. I had not heard that about the drum circle previously, since usually it's an inclusive activity. I know a couple of white guys who are precussionists and do like drum circles, however, and one even carries his own bongo drums and actually went to study precussion in Africa.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:02 PM
 
Location: bronx - north
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....I will say though the last time I went to Marcus Garvey post the drummer circle situation, I was not looked at very welcoming. I was looked at even less welcoming when I stopped to watch the drummers. I definitely got the "whitey get out of our park vibe" but that will go away with time I think.
that's not cool- will you go back or stop to watch the drumming again?
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:15 PM
 
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that's not cool- will you go back or stop to watch the drumming again?

Yes, I think Marcus Garvey is a beautiful park with amazing potential, I will go back.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:29 PM
 
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they are re-zoning 125th street so I think long-term it's a good buy, plus all the light and space in the area. i really like it up there, but i still want to make sure in the short-term. i'm not easily freaked out and neither of us are small people (I am 5'10 an he is 6'5), not that it probably matters, but still, i don't think we scream victim. one thing i have found is that during the day at least people seem really nice
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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they are re-zoning 125th street so I think long-term it's a good buy, plus all the light and space in the area. i really like it up there, but i still want to make sure in the short-term. i'm not easily freaked out and neither of us are small people (I am 5'10 an he is 6'5), not that it probably matters, but still, i don't think we scream victim. one thing i have found is that during the day at least people seem really nice
I agree it would be a great long term investment. I got to take a look last semester of all of the drawings for the Columbia expansion, and I would think anywhere near there would be a good investment.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:49 AM
 
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Here is a link to some if you want to take a look.This is all probably west of where you are thinking of buying, but I would think it would up the property values all over Harlem when they are finished.

Manhattanville in West Harlem
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