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I had an apartment there for three years. Why because at the time everywhere else was so expensive. Young people are forced to live in very bad neighborhoods especially people new to the city. These people like myself would have no idea how bad these hoods can be.

I'll try to be brief. I got mugged at gunpoint by a kid maybe 15 or 16 right in front my apt. The projects are there and they are infestations of crime and drugs. It's a heavy heavy scene now matter how you look at it. Every month I'd hear a semi automatic gun go off with like 5 or 6 rounds somewhere nearby. I'd always duck in the bathroom. Very very scary. There is no place to hang out. You go from the subway to your door. I'd do laundry though and that was it. I'd bring a backpack and shop in Manhattan for food.

Overall I lived there to get a foot in the door in New York. I hated living there. I hated the A/C line. I hated that I always felt this foreboding feeling, this feeling of always kind of being scared. It's a place where you walk and always always have your radar on. I think I'm traumatized especially from the mugging. There are no taxis. Uber thank God is here now.

My advice. No matter how desperate you are, do not live here. They says it's coming up, gentrification. It will never ever be a safe nice place with the projects there. Don't kid yourself. The projects are there where Big E Smalls and Jay Z grew up. It's a situation that could at any moment get really really bad. When the cops came to interview me they were actually the kindest and really most serious and concerned cops I've ever met. I moved out within 7 days of getting mugged and live in Nolita now and will never ever go back. In fact I never even take the A/C in that direction. The trains have a heavy, heavy scene and unpredictable. Personally I'd never live in Brooklyn again and part of that is the subway into/out of Manhattan. Manhattan is New York and I'm so happy being here.
  • Projects are there and drug and crime infested
  • Unpredictable crime at any moment
  • No taxis
  • Subway and stations have a heavy scene
  • No place to hang out
  • No good grocery shopping
  • crime rate remains something to worry about
  • Bad reputation
  • Housing can either be in beautiful shape or run down
  • not yet very gentrified
patrickp3 Where exactly did you live? It's a HUGE neighborhood....
Sep 20, 2017
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