When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
Got to love the broker community! While they are not allowed to answer this question due to Fair Housing laws- you don't need 4 different brokers to respond with the exact same answer. As I am not a professional in the real estate community and have lived in the neighborhood for a number of years, I can give you a more direct answer. I am providing you a link to the 30th Precinct which covers Hamilton Heights (3609 Broadway is within the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem). 3609 Broadway is a recent HDFC conversation- and while I have not looked at the interior- UHAB did a terrific job of cleaning the exterior of the building. This section of Hamilton Heights is seeing the most rapid retail improvements- with the recent addition of The Chipped Cup (coffee shop), Harlem Public (gastropub)- which just officially opened a week or so ago, and Tonali (the only Italian restaurant in the neighborhood). One block south of 3609 - you will see a block of retail that is largely vacant- once the 99 cent store's lease is up you will see a new building go up. This property is owned by Columbia University and they will be building a new co-op for the displaced residents from the campus expansion zone in the upper 120's/lower 130's with retail on the ground floor.
Generally speaking the neighborhood has better crime stats than neighborhoods that are generally regarded as far more upscale. That said- snatch and grab crimes (mostly smart phone related) are on the rise, but this is also a general trend across the entire city.... more
As Real Estate professionals since we're unable to give our customers advice about the safety of a particular neighborhood, I always suggest to my clients that they should visit areas they're interested in during the times of day/night that they would normally be travelling to/from home if they actually lived there. Male or Female, you should always be alert & use precaution no matter where you are in the city. Here are some crime prevention tips that may be helpful for you: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/crime_prevention_tips.shtml#yourself
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Hello Roxy, FYI there is no 29th Precinct. The location you inquired about is protected by the 25th Precinct (212-860-6511), here are the latest crime statistics from which you can base your own opinions; http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs025pct.pdf... more