The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In New York

DNAinfo.com released their New York City Crime and Safety Report yesterday, which featured surprising results from around the five boroughs.

All 69 New York City neighborhoods were scored on total per capita crime as well as types of crime: violent, rape, robbery, grand larceny, felony assault, burglary and auto theft.

Contrary to what you might expect, areas like Midtown Manhattan and Greenwich Village were rated as more dangerous than Harlem and Washington Heights.

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title=”10. Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill & Dumbo”
content=”Despite its reputation as a safe and idyllic family neighbourhood, these three areas comprise the 60th safest out of 69 neighborhoods. They rank 49/69 in violent crime and 62/69 in property crime.

Murders, robbery and burglaries all rose from 2009 to 2010.”
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title=”9. Chelsea & Hell’s Kitchen”
content=”Hell’s Kitchen was notorious for its violent gang activity back in the day, and Chelsea was a well-known drug haven. Today, both of these areas have seen a big drop in crime, especially violent crime, but not enough to escape the bottom 10 in the rankings.

These neighborhoods ranked 65th overall for property crime, thanks to various chain and purse-snatchers and bank robbers. Grand larceny has gone up 46 per cent since 2001, and rape has also spiked 67 per cent in the same time frame.”
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title=”8. Bedford-Stuyvesant”
content=”Things have improved for Bedford-Stuyvesant since Jay-Z rode his Bed-Stuy street credentials to super stardom. It’s no longer the poster child for urban violence, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t generally grim for the slowly gentrifying Brooklyn neighbourhood.

After years of improvement, a six per cent spike in overall crime last year is reason for concern. That includes increases in robbery and murder, giving Bed-Stuy the 67th overall ranking for violent crime. There were 212 serious crimes per 100,000 residents.”
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title=”7. Downtown”
content=”Despite the September 11th attacks of nearly 10 years ago, the Downtown area of Manhattan seems to be doing remarkably well. Real estate prices are climbing, families are moving into the neighbourhood, and classy establishments are taking over the dive bar scene.

Surprisingly, none of this makes much of a dent in the neighbourhood’s current crime ranking, 63rd out of 69 overall. Property crime is the real killer here. There were 191 incidents per 100,000 residents last year, along with the third-worst grand larceny rate in the city. It also ranks 47/69 for burglary.”
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title=”6. Fort Greene & Clinton Hill”
content=”Gentrification has done wonders for real estate prices in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Overall crime has also improved, but not enough to put the area higher than 64th safest overall, with a number 55/69 ranking for violent crime and 63/69 for property crime.

A low-density population of just over 50,000, the location of dangerous housing projects, and proximity to other low-ranking areas contribute to keeping this part of the city relatively unsafe. Robberies and murders both rose last year.”
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title=”5. Flatiron”
content=”The good news is that violent crime is relatively low at 29/60 in the Flatiron. Property crime, however, ranks 67/69, as criminals do the most damage in this heavily-sought after neighbourhood.

There were 1,481 incidents of grand larceny in 2010, or 158 out of 100,000 residents. There were also slight increases in robbery and murder — which went from 1 killing to 3 in 2010.”
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title=”4. Brownsville”
content=”Brownsville’s motto may be ‘Never ran, never will,’ but we wouldn’t call that good advice, considering the neighbourhood is officially the murder capital of New York. Brownsville was the scene of the most murders and shootings per capita in the city.

Crime has dropped in recent years, including robbery and even murder, but not enough to keep Brownsville from ranking 66th least safe overall. Locals like Larry King, Mike Tyson and Levance Fields would not be proud.”
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title=”3. Hunts Point”
content=”Efforts have been made in the last few years to clean up industrial Hunts Point, which had a pretty horrible reputation for prostitution in particular and crime in general. Initiatives and funds have helped cut down on murders, car jackings, burglaries and reported rapes.

Despite these efforts, Hunts Point ranked 67/69 for crime. There were 135 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, enough to put the neighbourhood dead last in the category. There were also increases in rape (up 67 per cent), misdemeanour sex crimes (26 per cent) and robberies (26 per cent).”
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title=”2. Greenwich Village & Meatpacking District”
content=”Where there are wealthy residents, college students and tourists meandering through busy commerical strips, there is usually thievery. That’s why the Village and Meatpacking, despite being one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city, is second-to-last in property crime, grand larceny, and overall crime.

Long-term trends have been good to the area, with general decreases in most catagories, including overall crime (down 71 per cent since 1993). Car theft and rape, however, have risen, and are issues to watch out for here.”
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title=”1. Midtown”
content=”Only 74,717 people live in the Midtown, but the sheer number of tourists, office and support workers and general wanderers make the centre of Manhattan one of the most trafficked areas in the city. So despite its central location, Midtown ranked dead last, 69th out 69, in overall safety.

Midtown had 729 major crimes per 10,000 people. That includes a 146 per cent jump in rapes from the year before, and a 14 per cent rise in felony assault. Serious crimes did fall 7 per cent overall in 2010, which is excellent considering its status as the centre of tourism and nightlife in the city. However, Midtown is still the most likely place you’ll become the victim of a crime in New York City”
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title=”So what was the safest? Great Kills & Tottenville”
content=”Ironically enough, a neighbourhood with the name Great Kills is the safest place in New York City. Great Kills and Tottenville together are number one safest for both violent crime and property crime, as well as private, legal gun ownership. They have a population of just over 98,000.

Located on the southern tip of Staten Island, if these neighborhoods were any farther from Manhattan they’d be in New Jersey.”
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