Pick me a new neighborhood.
June 25, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
Tell me about Crown Heights. Tell me about Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
posted by millipede to Travel & Transportation around Crown Heights, NY (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Before I get into detail, I will mention that I am a New Yorker. I lived there for nine years and spent five of them in Brooklyn. So general things, I understand. But here is my current situation. I moved away from NYC two years ago to go to grad school in Philadelphia. I finished. My lease is up in August and barring a phone call from a job I'm waiting to hear from here, I'm moving back to New York then. With no job. I know.
(Don't try to dissuade me from moving back to New York with no job. I've already worked through every option I have. I have to move somewhere, I know more people in my industry there, and there are more companies who hire people who what I do there than there are here. I have a fairly technical masters degree and years of not-entirely-irrelevant work experience in another field, so I am confident I'll get a job. Answers like "don't move back to New York; put your stuff in storage and stay on friends' couches" will make me so upset.)
So since I have no job yet and for at least a bit will be living off savings and occasional charity from my parents, and since I need a one bedroom and do not want a studio, and since--for reasons you're just going to have to trust exist--I cannot have roommates, I can't afford to live where I lived most recently: Greenpoint. Sad.
However, this means that I get to explore a new neighborhood: yay. The ones that are popping up most that spike the most curiosity are Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. I know where they are. I have walked through both of them a little bit, years ago, but I wasn't paying the kind of close attention you pay when you're about to move somewhere.
Tell me what it's like to live there. Also, tell me how they are different from each other. I know they are not gentrified or trendy: Good. I don't care about that. I care about a reasonable level of safety (though my barometer for what is safe has been forever altered by Philadelphia's less-safe areas and I'm about ready to sign a lease in East New York and walk around naked and holding gold), a reasonable level of access to food, transportation, and services, and a reasonable level of aesthetic interest--not necessarily beauty, because I have much love for crumbling old industrial areas and things like that, but just an interesting environment to walk around in. I want to avoid strip-mally and chain-storey places. I know they exist, even in Brooklyn.
TL;DR So, Crown Heights. Prospect Lefferts Gardens. What is it like to live in either one? Compare and contrast?
For your reference, my demographic information: I am 29, female, white, very small in stature. Other information: I am completely willing and unafraid to walk a lot or take buses to commute.
(And if you think these neighborhoods are both a bad idea for me, I'm also considering Sunnyside/Woodside, Queens. I toy with Bushwick. Ideally, I would love to be in Red Hook, but it may be out of my price range. I'm trying to get something 1200 or under.)