Safe and less than safe areas, Brooklyn
I can't imagine why a tourist would need to go here late at night unless they parked their car in the area, but the Junction (Brooklyn College, Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues) is not too safe at night, especially if you are a girl and you're alone. It's where the 2 train ends and you have to pick up the bus to go to Marine Park, the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Kings Plaza mall...
Prospect Park, Coney Island, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Brighton Beach, all places to go in Brooklyn. All are also surrounded by bad neighborhoods.
Prospect Park-Crown Heights, Flatbush, and the 2, 3 trains
Coney Island-Has a reputation of danger
Dumbo is near Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene, all areas that have trains leading to the not-so-good areas
Williamsburg-Is very artsy, but at Lorimer St, and also near the border in Bed Stuy and Bushwick is trouble.
Brighton Beach-Has a russian mafia, and also has lots of drunk drivers and crazy drivers
Bed-Stuy is the host for many movies, and some TV Shows, but still isn't the best area to go.
These places are hard to avoid because people from those neighborhoods come to the wealthier neighborhoods.
There's not much to see in those neighborhoods anyway, trust me, I'm from here.
More is in Manhattan, you can find some stuff in Queens and Brooklyn and the Bronx, nothing in Staten island though. There's pretty much just the baseball games, hall of science, the airports, pools, and basically small tourist attractions.
Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Bushwick, East New York, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Borough Park are areas that are not necessary to go through unless you're just commuting through there.
Most stuff is in Williamsburg, or Downtown Brooklyn.
Don't flash anything. Even a scooter.
An area that goes both ways is Park Slope. Avoid the 9th st train station on 4th avenue as there are fights, robberies, and bad drivers.
As with any other city, be aware of choosing when and where to visit certain areas. Visiting most places during the day should be fine. However, you may want to be careful of finding yourself in certain areas at night. Most areas of Park Slope are safe, even at night.
Brooklyn is an amazing place, with many different cultures and immigrants. brooklyn is divided into two basic parts: downtown brooklyn and south brooklyn. downtown is where williamsburg, east new york, brownsville, bed stuy, bushwick, prospect park, etc. are located. south brooklyn is where park slope, coney island, bensonhourst, brighton beach, dyker heights, sunset park and bay ridge are located.
You can walk around in some of these areas during the day and nothing will happen to you. even though some areas are safer then others, always be on your guard (even during the day). Dont look soft, lost or scared because thats when people will try to start things with you. dont hold your cell phone in your hand unless your talking on it (I used to do this and i had many incidents where someone try to snatch it while i was in the GOOD neighborhoods). dont flash your money and dont overdress, because people WILL try and put you in your "place". if someone stares you down, dont stare back or give dirty looks, unless your walking in a large group, or something is bound to happen. too sum it up, when you're walkin through brooklyn during the day, put your tough face on and be alert. many areas are infested with gangs and drugs, so watch out. dont let pretty houses fool you, the danger is still there. These are some usefull tips for when you are walking around during the day.
But once night rolls around, and your not a brooklyn native, BE VERY VERY CAREFUL. some places are still safe at night where you could walk around alone, but those places are few and far between. best bet would be to walk around well lit areas, where there are lots of people. DO NOT wander onto quiet blocks. remember, quiet could be deadly. if you are a tourist, cops are your best friends while you are here, so if you have any problems go to them, do not attempt to sort it out by yourself. to sum it up, when darkness hits, return to your hotel room and enjoy your evening, dont go out looking for trouble.
Dont let all this discourage you. even though brooklyn has its fair share of problems as any other inner city, it also has a lot to offer. brooklyn is divided into many different neighborhoods with different cultures and different sets of immigrants. we have some of the best restaurants and clubs. and we also have the best pizza in america ;) ENJOY!
Brooklyn is a 50/50 burough. all the good neighborhoods are surrounded by bad neighborhoods and even the good neighborhoods arent all that good. By far Park Slope is the safest at night but as u get closer to 3rd ave u will start to enter the border of sunset park or gowanus. BedStuy has a lot of culture but it isnt the safest at night. it isnt as dangerous as it used to be though. there arent any real attractions in brownsville, East New York, or Canarsie so its best to avoid those areas if you are a tourist. DUMBO is a rich neighborhood but it is dark and known for sporadic robberies. some crimes go unreported so you never know with every neighborhood unless you are a local. if you arent from certain neighborhoods you have a tendency to be F***ed with. Bensonhurst is a decent neighborhood but its mainly italian/eastern European and has had racial issues from time to time even though more african americans and hispanics moved in. it is also known for sporadic robberies. Coney Island theme park is no disneyland and the beach is dirty. but you cant visit brooklyn and not visit Coney Island. it is across the street from the Projects but not to worry. nice beaches to visit are manhattan and brighton beach
not sounding racist but here are some Neighborhhods racial demographic for ignorant tourists.
Hispanic: Bushwick, Crown Heights, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Canarsie, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush, Red Hook
African American: Coney Island, Fort Greene, Starot City, East New York, Brownesville, Canarsie,Red Hook New Lots, and most of North Brooklyn
White:Sheepshead Bay, Bay Ridge, DUMBO, Midwood, Kensington, Fort Greene
Eastern European: Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Most of South Brooklyn
Brooklyn is like any other place in the world, there are good areas and bad areas. Unfortunately since it is in a concentrated location when the neighborhood is good, it's really good but when it's bad, it's the worst! Please be careful.
Brooklyn is not the same as you old people think it might be.
There are a lot of changes, its not the safest place in the world yes there murderers there, but there are murderer's everywhere, there are pick pockets everywhere. My cousin just moved to crown heights, you probably think he is poor now, don't you? Well he is a lawyer. I live in Fort Greene, by reading the other articles on this site you probably think im poor too, don't you? Well my dad is an entrepreneur and he owned a hospital with his partner and he also worked there, my mom is also a docter probably makes more money then you, and my brother and I go to Private schools mine cost $37,000. My house cost a little more then $2,000,000. You think i'm going to live in a bad neighborhood, think again. And stop judging!!
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!
There are some pretty rough neighborhoods in Brooklyn alongside some strong ethnic communities. Coney Island has a bad element about but just be aware of your surroundings and don't flash money or cameras. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bed-Sty to the locals, can be a nasty piece of work so just head right past.
I think that the park between E. 17th and E. 18th Str (Ave. M and L), Midwood is a cool place to hang out. You can see your friends and you do feel safe because it's a jewish neighborhood. yes, there was an issue with drug dealers (and in fact it still exists) but it's a safe place. I'd say that Midwood is a safe borough to live.
To person bragging about being rich and complaining about "old people" This is not a place for bragging about your family's money. As for your insulting "old people," how about you don't make assumptions or judgments as you say.
Bklyn--great city. Safety anywhere USA or world--make certain to be alert anywhere you go, look around, and try not to be isolated late/mid of night take taxi if seems unsafe.
I lived in Brooklyn recently while attending school and can say that, as far as neighborhoods go, it really depends on the time of day. While there are some neighborhoods I would never venture in on foot at night, I would not mind being there during the day (if I had a good reason to be there though).
Where I lived in Bushwick (off of Myrtle Ave by the M train) is not all that bad actually. Bed Stuy and Bushwick are pretty much gentrified and the people that I know that live in those areas are definitely not walking through trouble on their commute home. I took the train home at many hours of the night - not a great idea in retrospect - and never really felt threatened. Plus, if you keep a low profile and stay alert you won't attract much attention. For the most part, people are trying to go home like you. Just don't act like you own the place because that's stupid.
OK, so some areas I would'nt want to move near: East New York, Flatbush, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, Canarsie, etc. I drove through East New York one night and got lost..wasn't the worst, but still didnt feel like I should hang around and peruse the neighborhood. My only mugging/jumped experience was actually in the wee hours of the morning near the projects in Williamsburg, so I still think it depends on what time you are out. There are really sketchy places everywhere depending on what time you see them.
Its true,most places in Brooklyn are getting very expensive to live in. Things could drastically change in a manner of 6 months over there. Bushwick has gotten so gentrified that I cant even remember what it looked like when I first saw the neighborhood from the train. I would definitely live there again, but want to move out to the West Coast more. Good luck.
What I mean is, Brooklyn generally has a pretty bad reputation. But the Downtown Brooklyn area is amazingly safe. Near the Jay Street-Metro Tech area. I would walk through there any time of the day. I'm not honestly sure about elsewhere. There is ALWAYS a cop or more around.