And yes, I live in Bed Stuy myself. :)
Attend local community board meetings (they sometimes invite the captain or other NYPD representative to discuss crime), read the local crime blotter sections in the local newspapers, speak to the staff of elected officials, talk to local businessmen and community leaders.
Best of all is to walk the neighborhood you are planning to move to day and night to determine how it feels to you which is most important.
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Fillmore Real Estate Branch #19
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I live on Lafayette and Nostrand and I'd say it's 50/50. It mostly depends on how you deal with it when you live here. I've never had a problem. But I certainly know people who have been held up at knifepoint in my neighborhood.
Also, just because the incidents are not in the news does not mean it didn't happen. For example, yesterday someone was shot on Decatur St and Stuyvesant Ave and yet it was not reported on.
Best of luck,
Sources: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/lucds/bk3profile.pdf (NYC City Department of City Planning
http://home2.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/crime_s (NYPD Web Site)
Bedford Stuyvesant had a notorious reputation for criminality 25 years ago. Today, it is the fastest growing neighborhood in New York City, with new residential development second only to Harlem. In addition, the neighborhood's buzz has grown beyond its national borders with residents from Japan, Amsterdam, Germany and other parts of Europe and South America.
Bedford Stuyvesant is fast replacing Harlem as cultural epicenter in Brooklyn and the City as a whole.
Crime is a diminished legacy of this great neighborhood, far in its past.
I would suggest you visit the following web sites to get a more objective opinion, as my firm not only specializes in residential sales and leasing in Bedford Stuyvesant, its where I grew up and lived for the first 21 years fo my live.
Take a moment to visit http://www.bedstuyblog.com, http://www.CorleyRE.com and http://www.shopbedstuy.com to learn more about the neighborhood.