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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cypress Hills Then & Now"

I have been a resident of Cypress Hills for 25 years. I read the reviews and I am sad to see people have actually posted comments about where I live without facts. First I will deal with the attractions.The City Line Shopping area along Grant Avenue has so many shops. We also have a cooperative building on Highland Blvd across from the mansions that are located along Highland Blvd. Highland Blvd gives the view of Brooklyn.The average resident has a place to go away from everything. Highland Blvd has its own park as well. We have a free golf course and a huge park named Highland Park which is one of the largest in Brooklyn. The YMCA provides fitness for the young, seniors, families, and everyone else. The YMCA caters to everyone that lives in this neighborhood. I have been through the good times and the bad times in my neighborhood. It is quieter than the other side of Atlantic Avenue. For the people that posted that the Housing Projects were near. The housing projects Cypress Hills, Pink Houses, & Linden Plaza are actually more than two miles away. They are not in close proximity. The 75 precinct has the Compstat reports and guess what Cypress Hills is the lowest crime rate out of all of them. There are 3 sectors that the 75 precinct split East Brooklyn in half by. City Line, Cypress Hills, and then East New York. Cypress Hills has a low level crime rate. In all the years I lived here I can never remember hearing gun shots as I leave my front door. Matter fact walking over dead bodies or people involved in fighting in the middle of the street. The key is to mind your business. There are a number of cab stands that will take you where ever you want to go. The B13 bus takes you to the Shopping Mall(Targets, Red Lobsters, Home Depot etc.)It is quiet however just like other neighborhoods you will have civil issues. Be it loud music, or dog poop. This is expected considering there are close to 40,000 people that live in the community. In addition everyone is not on food stamps or welfare...We have politicians, doctors, lawyers and other professionals who live in this neighborhood and call it home. There are college graduates and higher that choose to live here. It is a residential community close to the border of Woodhaven Queens. The schools some are good and some are not. The Cypress Hills Development Corporation has been in existence for 30 years. During this time with the help of the community coming together it now has a strong bond between businesses and the community residents. Yes we have our issues no different than any other neighborhood yet I would not trade the peace and quiet here for any place else in NYC. Finally the population is divided between Spanish, Guyanese, Bangladesh, Black, & Chinese. People do not move from here. When there is an apartment they always move in someone they know to keep the culture going for the community.
  • Highly diverse population
  • Lots of ethnic food & shopping options
  • Very affordable housing
  • No upscale or trendy stores
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
bonnie-ecclesb Thank you so much for your beautiful write-up about Cypress Hills. My cousins and I will be renting a part of a rowhouse there in August and a friend of mine just told me some not-so-nice things about it. I appreciate your being positive about your hometown and its' community.
bettyc1 I've lived in City Line...just south of Cypress Hills for more than 60 years...and there are still some old timers like me of Italian, Irish, and German descent. Much of the area is Hispanic...all very fine family folks who work and own and maintain their own homes. I've watched it change from Puerto Rican to Dominican and now we are seeing many Bangladeshi folks moving in. While there is a housing project called Cypress Hills it is NOT in this is several miles south and not representative of those who live here. Cypress Hills and City LIne are almost all one and 2 family homes and some small apartment houses. In the 60s the area was pristine, but it has had its problems through the is on its way back to the wonderful neighborhood I fondly remember and continue to live in. It is the best kept secrete in NY...Just hoping the city doesn't change that and increase the property taxes driving good families and long established businesses out. The area borders Queens to the north and east...fantastic neighborhoods. We are also less than 1/2 hr from Rockaway Beach and we have some great parks...and the Ridgewood Reservoire...tops in the city! Live here...yes...some crime late at night, but this is NY and for the amount of folks who live is safe. PS Cityline has the J/z train and the A train in walking distance besides the where do you get that...and both go to Manhattan within 30 to 40 minutes.
victor-quinonezv Thanks for your review. I moved to Cypress Hills a little over a year ago from 2018 till now. We bought a single family home on Etna st between Autumn and Lincoln. We're close to the J train, Fulton, Crescent, Jamaica ave, and Highland Park. I'm latino and have kids a wife and a dog. Yes Cypress Hills is not perfect but no Neighborhood is. Our family feels safe and it's a friendly community with mostly working class families. There has been a lot of improvements to the train stations, repaved streets and many homes are being renovated for buyers eager to own an affordable newly renovated home. I see a ton of potential here and really glad we purchased a home before Cypress Hills becomes gentrified and no longer affordable.
francescas3 I have been looking for a community in which to purchase. I am priced out of where I currently live - Gowanus near Park Slope. Reading your posts has given me hope that I might find a home that I can afford in a community where people connect. Thank you for your honest evaluations.
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