Warnings and Dangers in Brooklyn: Safe and Less-Than-Safe Areas
Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City. This community of more than a million people has many charming places. But there are a few you’ll want to consider visiting during the daytime only or skirting altogether.
Safe and Less-Safe-Areas Mingle
It’s a good idea to have a sense of Brooklyn geography before you come here. The borough is the tail end of Long Island. The northern part of the borough is surrounded by Queens and connected to Manhattan by several bridges and tunnels. The southern part of Brooklyn is where you find the beaches of Coney Island.
In recent years, many areas have seen tremendous growth as many Manhattanites have come to realize they can afford a home here for the fraction of the price. Consequently, today’s Brooklyn has been divided into highly upscale neighborhoods like Park Slope, where you’ll find million dollars homes; and more dangerous, such as Bushwhack, just a few blocks away.
The neighborhoods in the north part of Brooklyn are only a few stops from Manhattan on the subway line. Downtown Brooklyn is where you can go for a stunning view of Manhattan and several classic Brooklyn tourist attractions.
This area is home to a large community of Arab-Americans and lots of cafes that offer authentic Middle Eastern food. It’s generally considered a very safe part of Brooklyn. It’s also where you find Prospect Park, which was designed by the same architect who designed Manhattan’s Central Park.
The Prospect Park area includes The Brooklyn Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. This is also another area generally considered safe. However, you should stick to the areas directly around Prospect Park, such as Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Borough Park. Driving through these areas is fine but you are best off not stopping there along the way.
Coney Island is generally considered safe during the day but not-so-safe at night. Many people consider the safer beaches those at Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach short distance away.
Safe Areas of Brooklyn
Other notably safe areas in Brooklyn include Midwood and the areas around the D trains. This is where you find a heavy concentration of Orthodox Jews in traditional dress. There are shops selling all kinds of Jewish items.
Adjacent to the Midwood area is Bensonhurst. This heavily Italian-American area is considered safe and makes for an ideal place to stroll if you want to try some real Brooklyn pizza.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to avoid in Brooklyn.