City Living: Crown Heights is now a hot commodity
The north-central Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, once associated with high crime and racial tension, has recently been transforming into a hot spot for investors, developers, young artists and entrepreneurs.
Known for its large Caribbean community, which thrives alongside another large population of Hasidic Jews, Crown Heights is mainly a melting pot of the two cultures with a few others sprinkled in.
On the main streets restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops reflect its diversity and changing demographics as younger people move in, many of whom, according to real estate broker Joanne Newbold of Heights Realty Advisors on Union Street, are either professionals, students, or newly married couples looking to start a family.
Its changed a lot but the new families moving in now are not leaving within one or two years, she said. They want to remain; theyre stable.
Long-time features of the neighborhood such as its proximity to subways, parks and cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Museum, also play a vital role in attracting new residents to Crown Heights.
Nick Jurazich who runs the community blog, I Love Franklin Ave., calls it a vibrant place.
Its not surprising that its now a hot commodity; it has a lot to offer, he said of the area. The folks who lived here a long time have done a great job preserving its look. And the range of perspectives and cuisines makes it an interesting place to live.
Crown Heights is bordered to the north by Atlantic Avenue and to the south by Empire Boulevard and East New York Avenue. Howard Avenue is its eastern Border, with Washington Avenue to the west. More »
Buses: B12, B14, B17, B43, B44, B45 B46, B47, B48, B49, B65 More »
Crown Heights, 560 New York Ave. More »
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Crown Heights is covered by the 77th Precinct at 127 Utica Ave. and the 71st Precinct at 421 Empire Blvd. The neighborhood is still working on lowering its crime numbers, though robberies at the 71st Precinct decreased from 1,708 in 1990 to 322 in 2012. More »