Gumfing, Renter in Sunset Park, Brooklyn,...

Is Sunset park safe?

Asked by Gumfing, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY Sat Feb 19, 2011

My wife and I want to move to sunset park. we have seen a very nice apartment for rent in a building on 2nd avenue, around 52th street. Although we liked the area between 3rd and 6th Avenue, 2nd avenue looks different, and we are concerned about its safety, particularly that we get beck home from the city around 8-9 pm every day. Thank you

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i live on 52nd & 7th ave. i have lived here for over 40 years. i've seen it go from gentile to cesspool and then back up again. at present, it is safer than most communities, but crime is on the rise - especially street crime. it is far from the staggering numbers of the 1980's. but i'm concerned about your interest in 2nd Ave. it is an industrial area - surrounded by huge trucks, much traffic & pollution/noise during the day. then at night it pretty much becomes deserted. personally, i would not be comfortable there. on 1st avenue & 52nd street is a huge sanitation garage that services two large neighborhoods. as you get closer to the hospital - on 2nd & 55th the feel is less industrial, but it is still quite sketchy. i would suggest looking above 4th avenue. and keep in mind some blocks - especially those with very large apartment houses will be less pleasant than those lined with 2 story - mother & daughter buildings. i would stay away from 49/4 to 6, 61/4 to 5 and a few others.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 20, 2011
i alreay responded to the question, but now i want to respond to what i consider "self-serving" answers by realtors. this is not meant to be offensive, it is meant to educate and please take it in that manner. if you are a realtor, and have no specific info about a location, there is no reason to give general info to merely get your name out there.

many communities are not served by local papers - papers may be distributed there, but contain no info specific to the local area. for example - 52nd & 1st in sunset park is not covered by the home reporter-sunset news. in fact the only police blotter info for sunset park can be found in the downtown & now bay ridge Brooklyn Eagle. as several of you have said, you must GO THERE - GO THERE AT DIFFERENT TIMES.

talk to people coming in and out of houses - ring a door bell. community boards (I've served twice) would only help if 1) there is an issue for that section of the community, or 2) someone has time to chat with you - doubt it.

i must admit i am surprised that this couple saw an actual apartment on 52nd & 2nd and called it "very nice". i watched as the old woodframes & brownstones (yes) that lined 52nd from 2nd to 3rd were burned out. I watched as one by one they were torn down and replaced by warehouses. i travel the block on my way home at a variety of times. i can't imagine any level of resdiential quality. one would have to go into this with the desire of being an explorer. it is a rough three avenue walk to the shopping district - uphill and across two separate 6 lane roadways. but there are two pluses - at night there is plenty of curbside parking and the subway is at 53rd & 4th.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 26, 2011
Real estate agents actually are not allowed to answer such questions, but you I would suggest you contact the local precinct for crime stats. I would also suggest you visit the neighborhood and spend some time. Since you are concerned about the evening, perhaps you and your wife can meet there after work, have dinner and walk around and see what you observe and what your comfort level is.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
Check the police blotter in the local neighborhood paper, speak to people and merchants in the area and consider attending community board meetings.

Only you and your spouse can determine comfort level of the neighborhood. You need to walk around the area both day and night, weeknights and weekends and determine if this area suits your needs.

Best of luck.

Bonnie Chernin and David Rogoff
Fillmore Real Estate Branch #19
2926 Avenue J
Brooklyn NY 11210
917-593-4068 (David’s Cell)
646-318-5031 (Bonnie’s Cell)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 25, 2011
If you want to find the crime rate in a particular area you can contact the police station and ask for the crime statistics.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
Visit a neighborhood several times, and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics, visit the local police department and ask all your questions; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
Neighborhoods in Brooklyn are no longer what they were. Real estate is still a valuable commodity. Given that, affordable land eventually turns into luxury condo because the profit is there for the developer. Along 2nd avenue, there has been such development already and will only continue because the hospital isn't far, medical offices find in to be a good location, and builders are selling their units quickly to those that want to be close to transportation and downtown. If you are renting, there are plenty of good neighborhoods that will make you feel safe, have the amenities that you require and also be affordable. Give me a call if you are interested in some possibilities in other areas. 917.374.4295. thank you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
Hello Gumfing, Sunset Park is protected by the 72nd Precinct; here are the official statistics…
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
You can find crime stats at the NYPD website.
Also check with the police prescient nearest the property you want to purchase. They can give you some tips on reducing your chances of being victim of a crime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
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