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Old 07-21-2009, 10:36 PM
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hi all
i will be moving from san antonio next month so i know nothing about the city.. i did a google maps search of the area and found it to look a little shady? but found out crime rate here, RIGHT next to the manhattan bridge pretty low- also not far tho from an area that just had a murder last week in the fort greene park area

i was told by the apt locator that's helping me that this is in the financial district? i could've swore financial district was more downtown?
- is this what a decent place in nyc looks like? i have a little girl and altho questionable, if this is just what an overall okay place in nyc looks like n i need to get use to it than alright but i need a second opinion

i don't mind paying a tad more if i get a smaller apt further from the subways downtown i just want to know
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:21 PM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Which John & Pearl are you referencing? In Manhattan, it's mostly offices in the immediate vicinity, and it's not a run-down area. Also, it's not near Fort Greene. That is the Financial District in Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, Pearl & John is in Vinegar Hill, just on the other side of the Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO. Vinegar Hill is an historic enclave of cobblestone streets and smaller buildings, with some light industrial properties that are reminders of the past when Brooklyn's waterfront had more industry. Now, like neighboring DUMBO, Brooklyn's waterfront is redeveloping, so some properties that are not in top condition are being updated as industrial use will shift to residential/light commercial as the neighborhood enters the next phase of development. The pace of development has slowed, but the land is too valuable right on the river, and it's such a small neighborhood that spill over from DUMBO will prop up the area eventually.

Some streets are still a little rough in appeal, especially in the context of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights as waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods for comparison. I have not heard anything terrible about the area, nor have I felt unsafe in the immediate vicinity, personally, since it's very close to DUMBO. It's well over a mile from Fort Greene, and there are many thousands of people between that area and the park, so I'd not be overly concerned about that event, since this is NYC.

ETA: If you want a nicer neighborhood that's established in the immediate vicinity, I would look to DUMBO, Carroll Gardens or Brooklyn Heights, but some buildings can have Manhattan-level rents in this area.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:11 AM
Location: Brooklyn
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John and Pearl in Manhattan is two blocks south of Fulton Street. That's pretty much considered to be in the Financial District. Not a heavily residential part of town, but you should be just fine.

Brooklyn also has a John and a Pearl Street, which is why you got confused by the mention of Fort Greene Park. (When searching streets in this town, you should always specify the borough, since some names appear in more than one!)

Also, don't be overly concerned if you happen to read that there was a murder in some particular location. New York is a big city, and there are some exceptionally wealthy neighborhoods situated right next to some exceptionally poor ones. A friend of mine from Houston once called me up, worried that something might've happened to me because he saw a piece on his local news about a gunfight in Brooklyn. (I informed him that Brooklyn is at least as big as the whole city of Houston, and there weren't any gunfights in my neighborhood).
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:33 PM
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Hmm, lots of newcomers to NYC asking about the financial district lately--there must be some good deals on apts. down there now.
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