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Old 06-25-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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Hi!

My partner has just agreed to move into an apartment in Crown Heights at Franklin and Prospect Place. He's a first time New Yorker moving there to attend graduate school at Parson's. He's a white guy but has done a lot of work in his hometown in our projects so he's not a stranger to low income neighborhoods... He enjoys being in communities of color.

I read a lot of posts that said the area was fine to dangerous. What is the nature of the crimes? I noted there was mugging issues and possible some gunfire in the area. Is this attributed to gang violence? Racial tension? Poverty?

His intention is to go and meet people in the neighborhood which we believe is the way to feel safe in a neighborhood.

I'm looking for someone who LIVES in the neighborhood to give us a fair assessment of what we should prepare for, what the folks who live there would like from new transplants, etc. Also would love to hear from whites and different people of color who live there so we feel confident there isn't a racial spin on the review.

Much appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I have been looking to move to that area, you two will be fine, it is definitely a neighborhood that is changing, especially that portion of the neighborhood. There has been a few late night times with people being robbed, but nothing beyond being aware of your surroundings in a big city. There is a lot of things on Franklin and it does get a bit noisy during the weekends. Anyway good luck with your new place.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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We'll, I don't live in Crown Heights but I do live off Franklin Ave in Bed-Stuy and follow this Crown Heights blog I love Franklin Ave in case there is anything interesting (or concerning!) going on over the border in Crown Heights.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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When you say your "partner" I am assuming you are a gay couple (disregard any of this if that's not the case). Anyway, please understand that a large percentage of the black, Caribbean, and Hasidic populations in that area as a whole generally are not really wired to accept that lifestyle. So just keep that in mind while holding hands or exhibiting PDA while walking the streets and whatnot. That's just reality and I'm giving it to you straight. Despite what some might claim about me being a homophobe blah blah blah after this post.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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When you say your "partner" I am assuming you are a gay couple (disregard any of this if that's not the case). Anyway, please understand that a large percentage of the black, Caribbean, and Hasidic populations in that area as a whole generally are not really wired to accept that lifestyle. So just keep that in mind while holding hands or exhibiting PDA while walking the streets and whatnot. That's just reality and I'm giving it to you straight. Despite what some might claim about me being a homophobe blah blah blah after this post.

Thanks for the straight talk. We are actually a heterosexual couple, lol. We are in our mid thirties and it just seems silly to say "boyfriend" being a committed long term couple that is choosing not to get married.


It also helps weed out homophobes .
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Understood...
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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I had a Jewish female roommate live in a studio there 3~ years ago. There's an awesome bar there called Franklin Park. Though I remember for her the times she would come home late, she told me she would either take the cab or bike home. Aside from that I don't think anything bad really happened to her. Oh and some bloods or Crypts gangs are known to live in Crown Heights
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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Hi!

My partner has just agreed to move into an apartment in Crown Heights at Franklin and Prospect Place. He's a first time New Yorker moving there to attend graduate school at Parson's. He's a white guy but has done a lot of work in his hometown in our projects so he's not a stranger to low income neighborhoods... He enjoys being in communities of color.

I read a lot of posts that said the area was fine to dangerous. What is the nature of the crimes? I noted there was mugging issues and possible some gunfire in the area. Is this attributed to gang violence? Racial tension? Poverty?

His intention is to go and meet people in the neighborhood which we believe is the way to feel safe in a neighborhood.

I'm looking for someone who LIVES in the neighborhood to give us a fair assessment of what we should prepare for, what the folks who live there would like from new transplants, etc. Also would love to hear from whites and different people of color who live there so we feel confident there isn't a racial spin on the review.

Much appreciated! Thank you!
Franklin Avenue has changed a lot in the past 15 years....There's plenty of new people moving into the neighborhood at this point so I think the initial transition phase is over. It's pretty clear now as to the future of the area. However, crime wise it's still an above average crime area. Summertime expect to hear some gunshots and maybe witness a crime or two. I think for the average person living in the area, it's fine to go hang out in the area at night and partake in the neighborhood bars. I went to Franklin Park a few weeks ago and really enjoyed myself, and walked from there to Nostrand and Fulton at like 2:30 in the morning, but I'm a black male accustomed to high crime areas. That being said, 15 years ago I might have thought twice about making that walk.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: East Side
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I like the typical row houses
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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