Douglas, Home Buyer in Brooklyn, NY

Please Advise: Crown Heights Safety Kingston Ave

Asked by Douglas, Brooklyn, NY Wed Jun 27, 2012

Hello All, My wife and I will most likely be closing on a condo in Crown Heights on 943 Saint Marks Avenue. We are moving from Harlem and my wife works pretty late at a restaurant in midtown. The subway stops on Kingston C or 3 will be her means home, both are 6 blocks from our address. Could you guys offer any wisdom on what line to ride or avoid at which time? Ladies, specifically, what do you do to keep safe? Thanks so much.

me@douglasdavis.com

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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.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime.../crime_statistics.shtml
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2012
Dear Douglas:

I am not sure which line you should avoid and I am not a woman either but whenever riding the NYC subway system late at night you should keep in mind the following safety tips:

1) Do not flash cash or anything valuable. If you are wearing jewelry, take it off and put it out of sight.
2) Be alert at all times and make sure you are situated such that nobody can sneak up behind you.
3) Stay with the crowd or other people if there are any on the platform (unless they look like criminals).
4) Stay in the front of the first car where the conductor is, right adjacent to his door if possible.
5) Hold onto your purse tightly and make sure it is closed.
6) If you see any transit police, stay near them, you can even ask if they would ride with you for a couple of stops if for any reason you feel uncomfortable.
7) My wife used to even carry a can of mace with her finger on the trigger just is case, luckily she never had to use it!
8) Try not to run to make a train, you can slip and hurt yourself. This happens quite often when people are trying to catch a train.

Relatively speaking the subways are safe, even late at night. But here in the big city you always have to exorcise caution. Better safe than sorry. Good luck!

Sincerely,
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Email: MitchellSFeldman@aol.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 28, 2012
I agree with my colleagues that have answered your question professionally and according to the law. I wish you all the best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 28, 2012
Douglas,

The best and the only legal answer a real estate agent can give you is that you should check with the local police precinct for crime statistics.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2012
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