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Old 02-18-2003, 10:16 PM
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Dear All,

Today, my wife, sister-in-law, daughter (6 mo.) and I, looked at 3 apartments in Spanish Harlem. The apartment we thought was ideal for our situation is located on 109 between 3rd and 2nd Aves. The area seems to be rather safe, probably my impression is based on there being a school across the street and the presence of a nice string of condos located nearer to 2nd Ave. that look very well maintained. Well, the reason I am writing is to hear back from you, the people who live in the area to let me know if my impression is similar to yours, and, to learn more about the area before we move there.

I am familiar with one of the gems of Spanish Harlem, that would be the Thomas Jefferson park located at 1st ave and 112. I was also pleased to see an NY public library conveniently located on 109 just across 3rd ave.

Most important to me is the safety of my family, should there be anything of concern, (i.e., walking home late at night, which streets to avoid, etc.)?

Please write back soon.

All the best,

Justin
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Old 02-20-2003, 12:50 PM
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Welcome to the community. You don't live too far from where I am. The area is pretty safe. Don't make a habit of being out late. Staying out late increases the chances of something happening. Don't stay in any park past sun down. that's inviting trouble. After a while you will know the dos and don't.
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Old 02-20-2003, 01:09 PM
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Thanks for relpying Jose and thank you for sharing your view of the area. Occasionally I will be returning late from work 12:00 midnight twice a week. Do suggest I take a cab from 125 to my apartment. I always walk the block from 125 metro north to the 4 train on the corner of Lex and 125 and it doesn't phase me one bit. Perhaps I will just need to get used to the area. Regarding the parks, Carl Schurz park on the East River around the 80's is packed with people at night (walking dogs, strolling babies and just relaxing, especially during the summer). Does the same not hold true for Thomas Jefferson Park and the riverwalk there?

Again, thanks for the reply. It would be great to get together for some coffee (as long as you don't mind me bringing by my little girl).

If anyone else can provide info. re: nice places to eat, laundromats, stores (groceries or retail), other parks, or any other useful information please respond.

All the best,

Justin
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Old 02-20-2003, 05:21 PM
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I don't believe that it holds true for Thomas Jefferson Park, "you are not in Kansas anymore". East Harlem has it's own set of rules, which if violated can earn one a steep penalty. In orther words, Thomas Jefferson Park is not the same as Parks in the 80s as the People who frequent them are different.

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