Top 10 safest neighborhoods in NYC

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September 25, 2020
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For the majority of people, their safety is one of the most important factors in deciding where to live. With the many neighborhoods you can find in New York City, it can be hard to figure out which one is the safest.

We used data provided by the NYC Crime Map combined with Localize‘s crime rate insights for our research. Here are the top ten safest neighborhoods you may want to call home.

1.Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

Roosevelt Island is a narrow island on NYC’s East River and has 11,661 residents. In the 19th century, the island was home to home to some of the city’s hospitals and prisons. Today it consists of a residential community, parks, and landmarks.

According to NYC Crime Map, the neighborhood only had 8.62 crimes per 1,000 residents within the past year. In addition, Localize’s safety insights indicate it also has a below average crime rate, compared to the rest of New York, which is the lowest crime classification.

2. Fresh Meadows, Queens

According to the NYC Crime Map, Fresh Meadows only had 8.79 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. Additionally, the crime rate has decreased by 52.8% from 2001 to 2019. Localize’s safety insights show the area has a slightly below average crime rate compared to the rest of NY, the second lowest crime rate classification.

3. Battery Park City, Manhattan

Battery Park City is a quiet, mainly residential neighborhood with 13,386 residents. The neighborhood is named after the green space, Battery Park. A few attractions in the area include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, five public parks, and plenty of outdoor activities.

According to the NYC Crime Map, the 1st Precinct (which includes Battery Park) had 21.42 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. Localize’s insights show the neighborhood has a below average crime rate compared to the rest of New York, the lowest crime rate classification.

4. City Island, Bronx

City Island is a neighborhood in northeastern Bronx and part of the Pelham Islands. There are 4,362 residents there and the area is known for its seafood restaurants and lobster. A few attractions the neighborhood offers include the City Island Nautical Museum, City Island Theater Group, and three yacht clubs.

City Island is patrolled by the 45th Precinct and within the past year they’ve had 10.16 crimes per 1000 residents. The crime rate in City Island has decreased by 37.9% from 2001 to 2019. According to Localize’s safety insights, the neighborhood falls under the lowest crime rate classification.

5. Tribeca, Manhattan

Tribeca is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan and is home to 19,794 residents. Today, the neighborhood is known for its artists lofts and being home to actors, models, celebrities, and entrepreneurs.

The overall crime in Tribeca has decreased by 54.5% from 2001 to 2019. According to Localize’s safety insights, Tribeca has a slightly below average crime rate, the second lowest crime rate classification.

6. Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights is an affluent neighborhood with a population of 20,558. It is known for being an ideal suburb with tree-lined sidewalks, cobblestone side streets, and a mix of commercial and community businesses.

Brooklyn Heights is patrolled by the 84th Precinct and the area has 21.23 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. On the Localize website, the safety insights for Brooklyn Heights shows the area has a below average crime rate. This is the lowest crime rate classification a neighborhood can receive.

7. Murray Hill, Manhattan

Murray Hill is a neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan and is home to 11,188 people. A few attractions in the area include Curry Hill, Beaux-Arts mansions, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Scandinavia House.

The crime in the Murray Hill area has decreased by 42.7% from 2001 to 2019. According to Localize’s safety insights, Murray Hill has a below average crime rate, the lowest crime rate classification.

8. Kips Bay, Manhattan

Kips Bay is a neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan. The neighborhood is best known for being home to NYU and other medical institutions. A few attractions you can find here are Curry Hill, Kips Bay Plaza, and the New York Public Library.

The 13th Precinct ( serves Kips Bay) had 21.92 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. Looking at Localize’s safety insights, Kips Bay has a below average crime rate compared to the rest of the state.

9. Long Island City, Queens

Long Island City is a neighborhood on the western tip of Queens. It is a residential and commercial area known for their vibrant nightlife, waterfront green spaces, and contemporary art museums. Along with Its modern and sleek high-rises, it makes for an energetic neighborhood to live, work, and play in.

Long Island City is served by the 108th Precinct, which also patrols four other neighborhoods. The 108th Precinct had 9.47 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. In addition, overall crime has decreased by 55.7% from 2001 to 2019. Looking at Localize’s insights, the area has a slightly below average crime rate, the second lowest classification.

10. Riverdale/Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx

Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil are residential neighborhoods in northwest Bronx with a population of 12,705. They are sought after residential areas and are home to pre-war distinguished mansions. You can also find various parks and original greenery in this area.

The Riverdale/Spuyten Duyvil neighborhoods are patrolled by the 50th Precinct and has 10.51 crimes per 1000 residents within the past year. Additionally, the overall crime rate of the area between 2001 and 2019 decreased by 35.4%. Localize’s safety insights show the area has below average crime rate, the lowest crime rate classification.

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