Hi Looking to move. The Heights section of Jersey City is a great urban residential neighborhood where your money goes a long way in comparisson to the surronding neighrborhoods. In general the area that you describe is great! It offers urban living conveniences like walking to transportation and shops with a nice residential setting. Some blocks are nicer than others like anywhere but overall this is a great community that has been growing and getting better every year.
I personally decided to invest in this neighborhood and purchased a condo two years ago on Sherman Place where I lived. I loved the neighborhood, the parks, neighbors and trees and was never more than a 5 minute drive to Hoboken.
If you want some help, you might want to work with a realtor who knows this town well to guide you to better find what you're looking for. Also, if you're concerned about safety, it's always a good idea to contact the local police department to ask for their input.
I find that most people who give negative feedback don't know the area very well themselves and are just speaking hear-say.
Hope this helps! Don't hesitate to reach me if you need any other information.
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty
56 Newark Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030