I'm living here over 5 years and if I walk in the street people make little small talk, I made aquainances and friends, something that did not happen in the 12 years I lived in Brooklyn. That does not say one over the other is better, this is my experience, living in this neighborhood. Chess, has not lived here, he has an opinion.
The best resource for this information is the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
The best way to answer that question is for you to go to an NYPD website and find out crime stats for that area, it will give you a good idea to how a specific area is.
We are brokers can't answer these type of questions or anything about schools in a specific neighborhood.
Crime stats is your way to go.