"No, no, no, no....NO"
Brokers will try to play up Bradhurst Ave like it's so awesome and "up and coming." Don't listen, and don't kid yourself. The area still has lots of problems. The area is NOT changing drastically, at all. If you live right on Bradhurst (near jackie park), be prepared for non-stop noise (bbq's, annoying loud music, birthday parties, fights, shouting, general street harassment -- esp if you're a female)...hearing gun shots is the norm, too. Don't even dare hang out on frederick douglass blvd, you're just asking for trouble. Nothing to do (no eateries, cafes, bars) in the area...NOT ONE. It's boring as hell. My roommate was assaulted the second night we moved in. I've had to call the cops on my neighbors for domestic violence related things. People are not friendly in the area (unless they are the frequent Jehova Wittness' knocking on your door at 9am on a Saturday). You can find BETTER PRICED apts in the prospect heights/clinton hill area (bklyn), and those are actually cool neighborhoods...people, this is NOT glamorous ol' "Manhattan", it's West Harlem, it's right by the Polo Ground Projects. There was a goddamn shooting/murder at the 145th subway stop six months ago. Seriously, It sucks, don't live here.