Having said this, anything can happen to anyone at any time, anywhere in the world. You can be in the safest town in the world, step off a curb and get hit by a Bus! If you want to know crime stats, check the local police. If you are in Manhattan, check neighborhoods of interest at various times of the day and night. Get a "feel' for the 'hood and see if it's to your liking.
Young people are fearless and look forward to being away from parents to some degree, as they learn to be more self sufficient. Don't worry, just be in touch. Good luck.
Your question asks about criminal activity in Manhattan apartment buildings "elevator and hallways show abuse" Your question links scratches in elevators and hallways to criminal activity. I've never heard that before.
Movers and furniture deliveries etc.scratch elevators moving furniture in an out of buildings particularly rental buildings because of transiency. Some of the finest most exclusive prewar and postwar coops have scratched elevators and hall ways. In my luxury coop building's elevator the imported Brazilian cherry wood is terribly scratched. It is called wear and tear.
The real question you should be asking is can your college grad daughter and her roommate qualify to rent a $5000/month apartment in Manhattan. Most buildings require 40x rent in documented income. They will need a minimum combined income of $200,000/year. Some buildings allow a parent as a guarantor the parent would need an income of at least 80x rent ($400,000) and possibly several months rent up front or a large security deposit
I have been a broker in the city for 5yrs and work primarily with luxury residential rentals in Manhattan,Just to put your mind at ease ,based on your daughters budget.She would most likely be looking into the luxury residential buildings for apartments which we have had quite a few new constructed buildings that have opened up in the last couple of years plus in addition of buildings tthat have alot major renovations in and outside the properties.After 9/11 happened here in,NYC is one of safest cities to live in.To alleviate your concerns I would be glad to assist you and your family with viewing some of these buildings.If you would like to discuss more in depth,please dont hesitate to call me.
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William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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At $4000-5000 for a 2 bedroom share, they should have no problem finding a decent building that will offer them a better quality of life.
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All Points Realty LLC
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