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Old 05-22-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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I was looking on this forum and from the way people are describing Hempstead, you'd think they were talking about Compton, LA. Is it really as bad as people say?
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Hempstead
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Copiague, NY
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Hempstead is only as bad as you make it. On any contrasted place, and respectfully seen, it might seem not too different than any other struggling place
upon this blighted American landscape. All that you need is to gain an acceptance of where we've been as contrasted against where it seems that we, as
caught-in-the -middle Long Islanders, are going. Hell is somewhere between WalMart and the rising cost of living, on the back of a bucking dinosaur which is
hell-bound upon destruction. Remember that Hempstead is a town, not a penal colony, just another collection of people who don't want to go to the grave,
without any notice. I lived among the renters there on Terrace avenue until living with them was no longer possible, I felt their pressures, identified with their
frustrations and felt at home with them right up to the moment that I realized that, as a white guy trying to save money on the rent, I'd become a target for
those who hoped to empty my pockets to pay their own rent, smoke another rock, buy another crave case or just intimidate me to the point of defeat.

As a younger man, I visited the Calderone and the Rivoli, the arcade there at the bus station, Reister's bakery or the Trianon, while we slipped out of town,
with a cookie in our hand. No, Hempsted isn't like it used to be, nothing anymore is like it used to be. I'm going to post a photo here of my first home so that
you might see that I've been around. I walked up and down Hempstead Avenue, in a friggin' diaper, years before you came out here on the internet to whine
about your perception of "quality-of-life". I've walked the walk, what are your credentials?
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: now nyc
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I really haven't been to Hempstead that much but based on my observations it has it's good parts and it's bad parts.

West Hempstead and South Hempstead are just very very middle class, they are not really bad neighborhoods or nothing fancy either, for the most part.

Hempstead itself, the residential areas are below-average to average-looking, but I think it looks a little better than some other long island communities it is often compared to.

As far as being compared to Compton and the worst communities in the country, I can't really comment since i'm not aware of the level of crime Hempstead or those areas have but in terms of looks alone, Hempstead is faaar better looking. But looks can be decieving

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Old 05-22-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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In the mid-sixties, we would go to Hempstead on the bus from Roslyn to go to Woolworth's & all of the other cool stores because they were actually open AT NIGHT!!!!! It was filled with other teen-agers and there was even a soda shop ala Archie , Betty and Veronica.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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I hear that there are lots of gangs in the Hempstead area. Gangs are everywhere but you hear about them more out in the Hempstead area. Every so often reading the paper I'll see a article on gangs in that area
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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I hear that there are lots of gangs in the Hempstead area. Gangs are everywhere but you hear about them more out in the Hempstead area. Every so often reading the paper I'll see a article on gangs in that area
I've heard about them in the paper, too. Both in Hempstead and Roosevelt, you'll sometimes read about a shooting involving MS-13 members or something. While not very comforting to read, it doesn't seem to happen anywhere near as often as in places like Compton or Camden, NJ.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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Hempstead isn't as bad as the rep it has. Hempstead tends to stick out because the crime is worse there than most of Long Island. However, Long Island has among the lowest crime rates in the country. The crime rate in Hempstead is actually pretty close to the nationwide average.

So is Hempstead bad compared to Long Island as a whole? Yes. Is it bad compared to the nation as a whole? No

Also while Hempstead has some areas that look and are crappy, it also has some nice areas. The Cathedral Gardens section (NW portion of Hempstead) is a great area.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Wallens Ridge
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Hempstead isn't as bad as the rep it has. Hempstead tends to stick out because the crime is worse there than most of Long Island. However, Long Island has among the lowest crime rates in the country. The crime rate in Hempstead is actually pretty close to the nationwide average.

So is Hempstead bad compared to Long Island as a whole? Yes. Is it bad compared to the nation as a whole? No

Also while Hempstead has some areas that look and are crappy, it also has some nice areas. The Cathedral Gardens section (NW portion of Hempstead) is a great area.

lol are you talking about Hempstead on L.I. ?

The Hempstead violent crime rate is 351% greater than the New York average and 172% greater than the national average.

Crimes per square mile in Hempstead is 409 in the state of N.Y. is 175 and the National average is 49

It has a Crime Index of 38 my town 95 out of 100 being the safest.

Before you move there or any other place for that matter...one should check out the local high school. It could tell you a lot .....

Hempstead is one of the least desirable towns to live in on the Island period end of story.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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lol are you talking about Hempstead on L.I. ?

The Hempstead violent crime rate is 351% greater than the New York average and 172% greater than the national average.

Crimes per square mile in Hempstead is 409 in the state of N.Y. is 175 and the National average is 49

It has a Crime Index of 38 my town 95 out of 100 being the safest.

Before you move there or any other place for that matter...one should check out the local high school. It could tell you a lot .....

Hempstead is one of the least desirable towns to live in on the Island period end of story.
Going by crimes per square mile does't make much sense considering population density. Murder rate is higher than the national average, as is the robbery rate and motor vehicle theft Assault rate, rape rate burglary rate and theft rate is lower than the national average.
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