Robin, Other/Just Looking in New York

How safe is the area around the Albany Houses housing projects in Crown Heights?

Asked by Robin, New York Wed Sep 30, 2009

For the last few days Ive been eyeballing a house online that I just discovered is directly across the street from this housing project. Is this area safe? It's also very close to the Childrens Museum and not far from the subway, so I’m really not sure what to think…I know there are pockets in Crown Heights that are a little dangerous. Is this one of them?

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Holidayg’s answer
I wouldn't advise buying a house there for a couple of reasons. First the value of the home won't increase simply because of the location directly accross the street from a housing project. If you're trying to make money then you'll have a difficult time achieving this. If you're a family person with kids you wouldn't want them to grow up in that kind of environment. Simply put, the area is also dangerous. I've known a couple of people who have gotten mugged, shot, or beat up in that complex.
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I grew up in this location and can tell you with certainty that this is not one of the best neighborhoods around town. If you just need a home to rest your head and will basically be at work or indoors its not so bad. I'm not sure about the crime rate but can tell you it seems to have gotten better. Police have stopped hoodlums from just hanging around the front of the projects or around the corner grocery stores. If you're looking to raise children I say forget about living here.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 30, 2012
I appreciate your answer. 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.
Flag Wed Jun 27, 2012

Possibly the best resource for questions about neighborhood safety is the local police department. They have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally willing to be helpful.

Good luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 30, 2009
Dangerous. Seedy. Shady. Safe. Nice. There all keywords for something I'm sure you can figure out and that in a lot of cases doesn't really have much to do with the climate in the area. Always keep that in mind when trying to find info on sites like these.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 30, 2016
I live on Hampton Place right around the corner from Albany Housing and the area is safe. Since the neighborhood has been diverse, the neighborhood is much better
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 22, 2016
Good afternoon! It is always better for your safety to check it on Good luck and stay safe!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2014
You can visit and for street specific stats.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2014
if you want a first hand look and experience on how Brooklyn use to be, danger and all, then knock yourself out, to willingly move in or near these buildings when the act is completely optional, means either you don't know where you are, or your just a very adventurous person, it's on you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2014
Just bought a house across from the projects and love our neighborhood and our neighbors. (May be the home you are inquiring about above). We feel safe and while there have been a couple of shootings in the last year, the beautiful piece is how the community comes together to fight against it, demanding that gun violence stop. Other than those two incidents, it is a great area, with great people living normal lives in peace. I don't think we can live in fear and miss out on amazing neighborhoods and fantastic neighbors. My husband, I, and our three little kids wouldn't live anywhere else.
Take a risk and realize what you have been missing out on and the people you have not gotten to know because of fear of the "what if's".
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
Hello Robin, I came across this blog post that mentions the Albany Houses, perhaps it will help you with your question;…
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 30, 2011
Hello, I have a two family in this same area. If you really want to know the crime rate simply visit the local police station in the area and they will be happy to assist you.

Rhonda Holt
Full Time Top Sales Agent
Co-ops and Home Sales
Weichert Realtors, H.P Greenfield
1712 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Office: 718-692-444
Cell: 646-725-5941
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 9, 2009
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