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The changing face of New York

Does anyone know more about the man found dead in morningside park within the last few days than what is being briefly summarized by most news coverage? Likely from a naive point of view, but nonetheless, I wonder how dangerous the surrounding neighborhood is, in case anyone can comment. I’m a west coaster about to make the move, and wonder whether I should only be looking south of Columbia on the west side.
 
Does anyone know more about the man found dead in morningside park within the last few days than what is being briefly summarized by most news coverage? Likely from a naive point of view, but nonetheless, I wonder how dangerous the surrounding neighborhood is, in case anyone can comment. I’m a west coaster about to make the move, and wonder whether I should only be looking south of Columbia on the west side.
Lived in Queens, Bronx, and Long Island most of my life. My sister is helping me through the process as she is has lived in many different areas of Manhattan over the years. There is a lot of overhype in this thread. Many places exist in Manhattan that you do not want to be hanging around, but a lot of it is common sense that you can easily pick up a general idea of what routes are safe and when they are safe.

As for Columbia and finding a good place to live, you will be best served staying in Upper West Side. People will say parts of Harlem have become nicer over the years, but UWS is just better in many aspects. Feel free to send a message to my inbox about what areas you are looking at and I wouldn't mind shooting them over to her for advice as well (this is essentially what I will be doing).

Edit: did not mean to sound insensitive about the recent death. That is terrible news.
 
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Lived in Queens, Bronx, and Long Island most of my life. My sister is helping me through the process as she is has lived in many different areas of Manhattan over the years. There is a lot of overhype in this thread. Many places exist in Manhattan that you do not want to be hanging around, but a lot of it is common sense that you can easily pick up a general idea of what routes are safe and when they are safe.

As for Columbia and finding a good place to live, you will be best served staying in Upper West Side. People will say parts of Harlem have become nicer over the years, but UWS is just better in many aspects. Feel free to send a message to my inbox about what areas you are looking at and I wouldn't mind shooting them over to her for advice as well (this is essentially what I will be doing).

Edit: did not mean to sound insensitive about the recent death. That is terrible news.
Awesome man, really appreciate it! I'll send you a PM later today.

I don't think you were insensitive, for me it's important not to look at every instance of crime as a reason not to live somewhere. I brought it up in case anyone knew more about what happened as I found minimal info on it.
 
I’ve lived in nyc for a good amount of time and currently still go there for extended periods of time, it’s definitely not the same as before but 100% agree this thread is fear mongering / over hyped. Stay in the UWS in general to be close to Columbia, but don’t worry too much, it’s a generally safe area
 
Not just Asian women and the elderly, young men were also attacked. After watching this video, I was very disturbed and signed my boy up for a martial arts class, hoping he can have some self-defensce skills when he grows up.
 
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As for Columbia and finding a good place to live, you will be best served staying in Upper West Side. People will say parts of Harlem have become nicer over the years, but UWS is just better in many aspects. Feel free to send a message to my inbox about what areas you are looking at and I wouldn't mind shooting them over to her for advice as well (this is essentially what I will be doing).
Just a small note from what I've seen and heard from some of my friends, if you're looking at the area around Broadway/120th-ish there will be train noises to deal with. The 1 train line goes above ground around that part, before going back underground. For some of the older buildings the trains could also cause the windows to rattle, so if you're easily annoyed by such things you may want to avoid getting too close to the train line, or just find an apartment a few streets upward/downward.

I'm personally staying around the 145th (West Harlem, 3 train stops from campus), so far it's okay but there are indeed some parts of the area that can look quite sketchy. I usually tend to go towards the 1 train line (Broadway) as it's much brighter there and there are more shops/bars/restaurants, compared to the other direction (B or C train line) especially when it's 6pm+. It could just be me being overly cautious though.
 
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