Worst Neighborhoods in NYC

Crime in NYC is an interesting and dark tale that had a dramatic peak in the 80’s. Some connect the rise of violent crime in New York City during the 1980’s and 1990’s to the increased usage and traffic of drugs, especially crack, and some claim that the so called “Crack Epidemic” was a case of public moral panic; though reasons may be complicated to explain, there is no doubt that during the 80’s and early 90’s NYC was a very different place to live in: it was dirtier, economy was down, and violent crime percentage went through the roof.

So how about today? Crime rates have fallen dramatically and continuously since the early 1990’s, due to multiple efforts made by previous mayors David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani. Today, the streets are safer, and walking through formerly neglected neighborhoods such as the Bronx, is a very different experience.

So, which are the worst neighborhoods to live in or visit in NYC? Where are the highest crime rates? Which is more neglected, and in which neighborhoods it is most likely to get robbed or attacked?

Worst Crime Neighborhoods in NYC:


Though not highly populated, center of Manhattan is constantly packed with tourists, office and general workers and wanderers. This highly dense area is the most likely place for you to be a victim of a robbery, grand larceny, burglary, and felony assault.

Midtown Manhattan

credit: Maria Eklind\Flickr

Meatpacking District and Greenwich Village

This trendy area is also the second most crime-full place; where wealthy residents college students and tourist shop and stroll through the commercial area, it no wonder many property crime and robbery occur. Gentrification, anyone?

Meatpacking District

credit: TwistedTwin156\Flickr

Hunts Point

This industrial neighborhood located in the southern border of the Bronx has struggled a bad reputation for prostitution for years. There have been many efforts to change the area’s image, including the presentation of the of the new site of The Fulton Fish Market; but even after a noticeable improvement this still remains one of the most dangerous areas in NYC, and the leader in Physical assault and rape. Not a pleasant place to visit during the night.

Hunts Point

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Though Brooklyn, and especially Brooklyn Heights, is considered a safe and family friendly area, there has been an increase in property crime as well as violent crimes in this area, making it one of the neighborhoods where you are most likely to be a victim of a property crime.

Brooklyn Heights

credit: Wally Gobetz\Flickr

But still, Crime rates have fallen dramatically since the 1990’s, and keep on dropping as the streets of New York City become safer and more hospitable.


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