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Old 07-17-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I have urgent need for help! My roommate and I found a great spacious apartment on 25th between 9th and 10th in Chelsea in New York (closer to corner on 9th). We just found out this is right next to the Elliott-Chelsea Housing Project. I did some research and it looks like this is comparatively high-crime area in the city - does anyone know more info on this? Anyone lived in the area? My roommate and I are both mid-20s females and don't want to go through with it if it is not safe.

Thanks so much!!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Ridgewood, NY
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Hi everyone,

I have urgent need for help! My roommate and I found a great spacious apartment on 25th between 9th and 10th in Chelsea in New York (closer to corner on 9th). We just found out this is right next to the Elliott-Chelsea Housing Project. I did some research and it looks like this is comparatively high-crime area in the city - does anyone know more info on this? Anyone lived in the area? My roommate and I are both mid-20s females and don't want to go through with it if it is not safe.

Thanks so much!!!
That area is pretty much gentrified aside from the projects but those PJs do come up in the news every once in awhile. For a manhattan pj aside from harlem and Les, it isn't one of the best. Most of the problems are in-house though... I say use caution but you should be ok
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Thank you! I thought the area was fine until I did a little research and there were 3 shootings and a stabbing in past 2 weeks... of course these all happen somewhat late at night but I'd rather air on the cautious side. Anyone else's comments are appreciated as well! Thanks
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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I'd live in that neighborhood no problem. Especially if you got a great deal.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:57 AM
 
Location: New Jersey!!!!
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They had a homicide about a week ago, fwiw.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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It's probably still dicey.

Back in the day, gay men who wanted to get from The West Village to The Spike and Eagle's Nest (far West 19th-21st) were warned to take a cab rather than walk near these projects because of Probably better now, but giving them a wide berth is not a bad idea. When possible go AROUND them rather than THROUGH them.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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It's probably still dicey.

Back in the day, gay men who wanted to get from The West Village to The Spike and Eagle's Nest (far West 19th-21st) were warned to take a cab rather than walk near these projects because of Probably better now, but giving them a wide berth is not a bad idea. When possible go AROUND them rather than THROUGH them.

We must be of the same age bracket, because I remember Eagle (the original) & Spike, (now an art gallery) well. me and my BFF walked the block after Spike and then West Side. It was so sketchy and desolate back in the olden days. But wasn't that why it was so much fun......my BFF lived on 8th and 16th which was not the greatest anyway at that time, but fortunetely my BFF is hispanic, and I am very ethnic looking myself so no one ever bothered us. so us walking down the blocks we looked like we belonged, not like to flaming queens skipping down the street.



I think it is pretty safe for the poster to live there, just dont walk thru the pjs.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: West Harlem
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This is a very affluent area. If you can afford to live there you should certainly avail yourself.
The projects are mostly kept under control given this affluence, as people hope will be the case with the project complexes in Harlem. Chelsea has changed tremendously even just since I was growing up.

The area has a lot of traffic - spill over from night life, etc., and thus, crimes. But they are always between people who know each other, who are in a dispute, using drugs, whatever. Whereas in Harlem there are random attacks and acts of violence that receive a significant impetus in ghetto culture. The yahoo-ers are attempting to deny this, claiming that crime in Harlem is similar to what I described for Chelsea, but this is baloney and hype from the politically correct and from those who intend to make money from their Harlem real estate investments. Anyone who contemplates moving to Harlem should be keenly aware of this.

I think I am saying - not all crime is created equal, and whatever crime exists in Chelsea should not deter you from moving there. Or it would certainly not deter me, especially given the amenities and so on.

Also - from around the last 10 years, I have often walked through the projects. There are many elderly residents. If you need a point of comparison, come on up to the Frederick Douglass Houses and investigate. Those are problem projects. Simply not the same things going on at all.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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If you dont take it, let me have the detials because I sure the hell will lol
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The NYCHA in Chelsea usually does not have an impact on the surrounding area, meaning that while there are incidents, at times, in the housing, such issues do not involve innocent bystanders. There is also some pretty expensive real estate in immediate proximity, in The Heywood Building, directly on 9th Avenue with prices that range up to about $8M for the penthouses.

If you like the apartment, I do not think you would have a problem with the area, but would use regular city street smarts as in staying out of the NYCHA if you don't belong there, etc. 9th Avenue is busy, as noted above, and you are not far from the Penn South cooperative, which is a stable middle-class development that has been an anchor in the neighborhood, since its construction, even when part of the surrounding area was in a declined state.
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