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Hi. I have applied with friends for an apartment on 157th St between Broadway and Riverside. I found a discussion on here two years ago where people talked about how the mid-150s is no-man's land, so now I'm pretty concerned about whether it's a good idea for us. (We live in Central Harlem but there are always people around and we never felt unsafe except maybe the first week.)
The other question I also need help with is street parking. Even garages and lots are hard to find so let me know if you have a favorite. I suck at parallel parking and I've read about how hard it is in WH. Does anyone live around the block we are considering and can comment on the parking situation? What makes it more difficult is I will drive to work, so I'll leave on or before 7, and come home between 5:30 and 7. And what about the weekends?
Hello - I live on 157th and Broadway. Hardly a no-man's land given the subway stop. In terms of parking there is a lot on, I think, 153rd. And another on 158th. I always use street parking, however. Never been an issue.
There isn't much in the way of services in that section of Washington Heights compared to Central Harlem in the last few years. In the last few weeks (in northern Hamilton Heights) The Chipped Cup (a coffee shop) just opened up on Broadway and 148th and Harlem Public (gastropub) will be opening in a few weeks on the same block closer to 149th. 157th Street is not dangerous- though much of Washington Heights is divided by Broadway in many ways. West of Broadway is a lot nicer than east of Broadway. The upper 150's West of Broadway is the Audubon Historic District. I can't speak to parking, I sold the car when I left the suburbs.
Don't park a nice car in this neighborhood unless you've got great insurance.
NYCMAtt, this is such a tiresome conversation when people throw in ridiculous comments that were accurate maybe 20 years ago. We have a "nice" car. Nothing has ever happened to it over the course of 6 years. Just the standard bumper scrapes that happen in any part of the city if you do street parking. It's not 1985 where people are breaking into cars for radios to buy crack. Really. Take the subway, walk around a bit - check out the cars parked and return with a comment rooted in reality.
Roaming, do you have to take a car to work? Why not ditch e car and rely on public transportation?
We lived in Washington Heights for two years (160th/Edgecombe). I would say that I pretty much always felt safe in the area. My wife on the other hand felt safe about 90% of the time, she was teaching ballet on LI a few nights a week and would get home around 10pm, depending where she found parking I would usually go down stairs and meet her to walk her home. Also for a tall, blonde dancer, summer nights were rough for her walking back from the train.
Parking along the more desolate streets at night (Edgecombe/Riverside) we had our car windows smashed about 6 times in 2 years, and if you walk these stretches you'll probably find broken glass in the street along certain stretches. The rock wall below the Morris Jumel mansion (George Washington's NY war HQ) is notorious for break-ins. We had nothing in our car, though a cop pointed out the plastic clip on our windshield,said that when they see that they think you are hiding a GPS in the car. Others said the smashed windows were done with the hopes you would drive across the bridge to the Bronx to get new windows. Ironically that is where I would go and on certain days you would find men waiving in after exiting, coincidence? Maybe.
Anyway the police precinct is a good source of information on all this stuff.
Parking is AWFUL. People fight (literally) over hydrant spots... definitely safer closer to broadway.
But if you are used to harlem, it is similar in terms of safety IMHO.
Hey, some people feel safe in Mogadishu.
Eliz says you're lying about your car windows being broken.
I wish I were. I am still living with the butcher job one of the guys did in the Bronx, dinged up the door-liner pretty bad while prying it off with a screwdriver.
The Mogadishu Parkway isn't far from Washington Heights.