If this is your first time traveling to New York, you probably want all the information that you can get on the famous Brooklyn district. Over the years, it went from an area to avoid to being one of the coolest, hip neighborhoods that young people enjoy living in to avoid being mainstream.

It’s a community of more than one million people, and it’s generally safe, especially after the crime rates in the city drastically dropped in the 90s. However, if you are visiting alone, or you are concerned about safety, and you want to be sure you don’t go off the beaten tracks, here are a few spots for you to avoid.

 

 

A unique mix

The housing market and the unstable economy of the past few years have turned Brooklyn into an unusual blend, especially regarding safety in relation to the geography of the neighborhoods.

You’re likely to find really expensive apartments in well-rated areas, and a few blocks away you would be amazed by the sudden drop in the quality of the place, from crime rates to housing units.

Knowing the district’s geography is key, and we suggest you do a bit of research before coming to Brooklyn in the first place so that you won’t have too many surprises.

 

Brownsville

Unfortunately, the years have not helped this neighborhood lower its crime rates. As time passes, the eastern part of Brooklyn is filled with low-income residents that live in public housing units prone to theft and small crime.

As we all know, poverty and low quality of life is always the environment where criminal behavior arises, and this neighborhood was called the murder capital of New York because a band of paid assassins used to reside here between the 1930s and the 1950s.

 

East New York

The main issues that this area deals with relate to drug abuse and poverty since it was developed as an industrial region and after World War II, many of the jobs were lost, resulting in social and economic issues that made the population poor and the crime rates didn’t fail to rise.

 

Downtown Brooklyn

The third largest district in Brooklyn is affected by robbery as a main criminal activity. The research says that about 72 crimes happen per 1,000 residents, but the good news is most of these encounters are not violent.

So if you keep your golf club travel bag, designer bag or anything valuable that you may have with you close and you avoid walking alone or in isolated areas, you shouldn’t be the victim of any incidents of this type.

 

Greenwood Heights

The economy of this neighborhood dropped in the 19th and 20th century, which resulted in a decrease in the number of jobs, the average income, and as an apparent result, the quality of life decreased as well.

Ethnic groups have started to gather around this district due to the low living costs, and they only help to accentuate the economic disparity. Aside from the obvious class difference, this area also struggles with non-violent crimes, at a rate of 26 per 1000 citizens.

 

Bushwick

German immigrants in the mid-1800s developed this area, and it began as an industrial area with lots of breweries. There is not much to say about this district really except the fact that the stats show it has a higher crime rate than other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

However, despite these severe signs, young professionals move here all the time to avoid the high costs of living in Manhattan. We hope that as time goes by, this process will make the neighborhood a safer place to live.