I have lived in ENY for over 30 years. While ENY has experienced a revitalization, it remains a neighborhood in need as it is generally a low-income community with its share of gangs, drugs, and prostitution issues. Like much of Brooklyn, ENY is different from block to block, area to area - some areas are more caribean, some more latin, some more african american. It has numerous housing projects and, in between, a few nice blocks with private homes. The schools are not the best. ENY's strength is that it borders Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Canarsie & Starrett City. These surrounding communities offer services like banks, safer schools, shopping, doctors, etc. One commentor mentions Gateway Mall - there is a community being built adjacent to it, but you just have to drive up and look at those homes to see that they are an insult to your hard-earned money. So if you find a nice block, with neighbors that are employed and actually live in the homes they own, you may feel comfortable living in ENY. But please please please don't overpay. Save your money for Canarsie or Ozone Park. Just my opinion.