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Old 06-16-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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My Hunter College department is moving from E23 Street to E 118 Street and I have evening classes. I don't know the area. It looks OK with new buildings but the blogs are very scary.
Is it safe to walk from 119 St to #6 train station at Lex/116 St (especially at 10pm)? Is it better to use the bus at Lex?
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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The area is classic East Harlem, the heart of El Barrio. IMO it's not safe at all.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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My husband grew up on 118th between Park and Lex. It's way way way better than it used to be, but still not a great neighborhood. You'd probably be walking to the subway with your classmates rather than alone, which should be fine.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the post. I was just afraid to hear it. Despite the gentrification and new properties around it is still not a safe place. Let's hope for more police presence around the college...
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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The problem with East Harlem is of course the s**t load of housing projects. The crime "spills over" from them and affects the whole neighborhood.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:07 AM
 
Location: The Present
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I think you'll be just fine, The Jefferson projects are right over there but I don't really think you should be worried (use common sense). I worked in the area for a few years, try out the walk/bus before the semester starts and gauge it for yourself.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:14 PM
 
Location: NY
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At night you can walk with classmates like yodel said & you'll be fine. Daytime, I walk around alone there & never had a problem.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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i know its up an coming I would call the police dept. and get some statistics then relying on people on here who have not been there in sometime or at all.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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I went there last weekend. It feels like the typical low and middle income and diverse NYC neighborhood. Actually I wouldn't guess that I am in Harlem. New Hunter building and the area around it are very nice. Of course walking at night, might be a different issue. I'll be cautious and walk fast...
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'm in that area after shopping Costco (116th and Second or 116th and Lex)
I don't like it one bit.

Take the subway rather than waiting at night for the bus.
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