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Old 03-14-2007, 07:26 AM
 
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I would appreciate any advice for a 3-4 month sublet for my 20 year old son in Brooklyn. We live in DC and appreciate a diverse population however want a safe place for my son who will be commuting to NOHO for a summer internship. He has a strong interest in Bed Stuy and being a New Yorker back in the 70-80's have an ingrain fear of certain neighborhoods. DC has also changed over the years and I know Brooklyn has as well. He needs to be near the subway. As anyone with a twenty year old son knows he is not as cautious as I his 52 year old father. Please help me with your wisdom.

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Old 03-14-2007, 07:33 AM
 
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When you say diverse can you be more specific? Most of Brooklyn would be considered diverse by most everyone. Are you looking for a predom black community?

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Old 03-14-2007, 04:52 PM
 
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To further explain diversity my son would prefer a community of people of color and varied ethnicities.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:47 PM
 
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Bed-Sty is home to mainly (99% or something close to that) people of color. So it may fit the bill.
People in NY do not generally use the word diverse when referring to majority black communities.

I used to see a dentist located on the fringe of Bed-stuy and it was what I would call an o.k. area. It had nice brownstowns which you would also find in parts of bed-stuy. It was not an area I would feel safe walking around in at night.(this was ten years ago). This was a fringe area(near Nostrand I think) and you would not see whites or asians in the neighborhood there. The patients at this office were almost entirely black at the time. That area did not have much foot traffic during the day back then.

Your son may have a reason for picking this area. But if he has other options he might want to try Ft Greene which is more of a mix. Or some of the neighborhoods close to the Brooklyn Bridge which have the most to offer for someone young and the most foot traffic in the evenings. Those areas would be safer overall for anyone. If he is only in NY a short time that is his best bet. Also he will have much more freedom and the time to get his bearings and learn the lay of the land.

I am assuming he has never lived in New York. It takes a while to know what neighborhoods you will feel the most comfortable in and what train lines/stations you will be the most safe in.
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:50 AM
 
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You might look at Crown Heights--diverse with many great, small carib restaurants and near the subway.

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