This is the kind of thing that is best for you to check out by yourself. You can google NYC school report and find out certain things about the schools. Check with the police station about the crime statistics. Drive around the area, especially over the weekend. You can walk around on the street and try to strike up a conversation with the other people.
Unfortunately realtors are not allowed to tell you that much about an area so that it shouldn't seem like they are steering you.... more