Is the Ten Broeck Triangle in Albany, NY, a safe neighborhood?

Asked by Lynzee, Albany, NY Thu May 1, 2008

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Mario, Home Owner, Albany, NY
Sun May 18, 2008
Sorry, but Matt "in Selkirk" is sadly misinformed about the historic Ten Broeck Triangle. I live here, and he doesn't. It's a very safe neighborhood, and police statistics bear that out. Matt is trading on old stereotypes about Arbor Hill, which is not the "most crime-ridden" part of Albany. That distinction belongs to West Hill, the neighborhood above Henry Johnson Boulevard and a good distance from the TB Triangle.

The Triangle is a distinct sub-neighborhood of Arbor Hill. It is a recognized historic district that was included on the National Register in 1978. A friendly, clean, beautiful and, yes, SAFE place to live. Read more about the neighborhood here:…

Also, be advised that the 12210 zip code encompasses a large area of Albany and is not the best measure of public safety issues related to the Triangle. You're better off using the Albany Police Department's new online crime-mapping site, which allows you to search by neighborhood association boundaries. The mapping is updated every week (on Wednesdays, I believe) so you can track activity over time. The Ten Broeck Triangle usually has few or NO crime reports in any given week, and it consistently fares better than what many consider to be Albany's "good" neighborhoods. The APD site is here:…
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Sunkizz518, Renter, Albany, NY
Tue Nov 22, 2011
I live in the triangle and this just past weekend my son's car had a brick through the window. Two weeks earlier he left his car locks open and they took everything out of it. (his fault of course). The parking sucks too. I am not saying I do not love the neighborhood but I don't have a car and I'm stress free over that. Be aware that crime is eveywhere. There should be permit parking for those that live there.
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Matt, Home Buyer, Selkirk, NY
Sat May 3, 2008
no its not while it is close to downtown its located in albanys arbor hill which is the most crime ridden and violent area in the city,most of albanys homicides occur in arbor hill,in my opinion anything north of central ave is a dangerous place too be
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Holli Boyd, , 12110
Fri May 2, 2008
It's pretty easy to get crime and other statistics about a neighborhood. For example, you can visit my community reports website at and put in zip code 12210 to pull up a lot of population information. You can also visit other sites such as the fbi site to get general crime statistics as well. And Trulia does a decent job with statistics about a region as well - - hope this helps, we are restricted by fair housing laws to give personal opinions about neighborhoods, so you might not get any direct answers :)
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Betsy Campisi, Renter, Albany, NY
Wed Jun 6, 2012
I live in the Ten Broeck Triangle. I have lived almost everywhere in Albany except for the South End and this neighborhood is by far the most diverse in every respect. We have everybody mixed together, from heads of State Agencies, to yuppies, to a few down and out people. Lots of homeowners and a few who have lived here 40 or 60 years! People really care about the neighborhood and watch out for each other.

I have 2 dogs and walk them at all hours and always feel safe. Before this I lived in S. Lake Ave by Albany Med and my car was seriously vandalized three times by college kids coming home drunk from the bars. If I came home late and had to park around the corner (parking is only bad two nights around here, not every night like down by Albany Med) I would feel unsafe.

By contrast, this neighborhood is both quiet and safe. It's at the bottom of Arbor Hill, not directly in West Hill.. Please don't be swayed by uninformed and bigoted people out there. This is a great neighborhood. As long as I live in Albany, I wouldn't live anywhere else. It's interesting and nice here.
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Mario, Home Owner, Albany, NY
Sat May 12, 2012
It's NOT a high-crime area. Please see the Albany Police crime mapping site:

There were TWO minor crimes reported in the Triangle historic district in the past month. That hardly qualifies as a high-crime rate. Check the site on a regular basis, and there are usually few or NO crimes reported in any given week. Compare that to any downtown neighborhood in Albany.

The comment that it's a "horrible area" is unfair and mininformed. And the nonsense about getting shot is just plain silly. Serious crime in the Triangle is rare. It's a safe and quiet neighborhood by day or night. Again, see the police stats for a reality check on the previous comment.
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Mary, Home Owner, Albany, NY
Fri May 11, 2012
Horrible area. High crime rate. Try checking it out after dark. Hopefully you'll get out of there without being shot.
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Donald Graves, Agent, Delmar, NY
Thu Apr 5, 2012
The homes are extermely nice. I would look at this site for crime information.
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Jon Huther, , 12208
Thu Nov 20, 2008
This is a very nice location. Lots of things to do close by and many restaurants around. There is public transportation and it's close to major routes.
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Kevin Clancy, Agent, Albany, NY
Tue Nov 18, 2008
Ten Broeck Triangle has many great things going on. I have recently listed two buildings in that area including a great multi family home with a 2 story owner's apartment at 8 Hall place. The new family court building and recent renovation and opening of the Brown Derby restaurant are just a few of the great things going on in the area.
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Nicole, Home Buyer, Albany County, NY
Tue Oct 14, 2008
Mario, you answered this awhile ago, but I appreciate your input. I have been looking for a property to buy to occupy myself and Ten Broeck Triangle has been one of the neighborhoods I have been looking. I agree that it seems like a nice neighborhood. Besides being close to the downtown scene, I love the historical aspect of the neighborhood. Just curious, do you think the new condos currently being sold (Capital Grand) around the corner will benefit the area?
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Holli Boyd, , 12110
Sun May 18, 2008
Thanks for giving me a new resource Mario - I had not heard of that site! It's always nice to get a resident's thoughts.
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