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I speak as one who loves, loves, loves Brooklyn, but I have to say the shopping and conveniences in C.H. are not great all over. Apparently Franklin Avenue near Eastern Parkway is getting better and better, and Washington Ave., which is the border of Prospect Heights, has been improving for years.
You do not want to live in a nice apartment in a good building, but in a nabe where there's nothing to do (no decent diner or coffee shop, let alone "cafe," for example,) few good places to shop for groceries and other necessities, and where friends are not too inclined to visit because you're too far from subway stops, parking is risky, streets are too dark or not active enough at night, etc.
I live in Crown Heights with my wife, my son, and our two dogs. We are very happy. The architecture is stunning, transportation is great and we love our neighbors. That still doesn't mean it's for you. There aren't a lot of great restaurants and some of the blocks may seem rough to an out of towner. Do you have time to visit before your move date? Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to these things, and it would be great if you could explore a little before making a decision. I would suggest more than just a cursory look. Have a walk around and ask some people for directions or the best place to get coffee. You'll find the residents here to be very friendly. If you do decide to visit, feel free to give us a shout and we'll be happy to help you acclimate.
One more thing: apologies if I have this wrong, but it sounds like you may be looking to move to New York, without first seeing the apartment or the area that you'll be living in. I really wouldn't recommend this. Craig's List has entire section for sublets and temporary living situations. Why not look into one of those until you have time to settle in. Here's the link: http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/sub/
Good luck. Hope this helped.