I'm new to this forum...but I'm joining because we are seriously thinking of moving to the area. We currently are renters in South Brooklyn (or, as real estate agents are likely to call it, "Carroll Gardens West (?!?) ) While we do like it here, and like the weird feeling of being in the "lost" side of the BQE, our family is growing (literally--our son is 1 1/2 going on 10), and we have been interested in buying for a while. We really cannot afford anything right-sized in this area, and besides that, while we love the Italian grocers (umm, namely Caputos), the area has become increasingly twee and expensive in the last few years, which is ok, but, well, meh.
My partner is an avid runner and in his runs throughout the city, fell in love with sunset park (and he's also brought me over to his view). Since we are parents, we did some research on schools and are attracted obviously to ps 172. While we love the homes on the other side of Sunset Park, they are not zoned for 172. Essentially, you have to live in the lower 30s and maybe the upper 20s to be rightly zoned for 172.
We are looking at a couple sweet places in the low 30s by the cemetery, but I'm unclear about crime in the area. I looked at the crime stats page for the precinct and they are actually pretty horrible, but the actual precinct zone is expansive towards the other side of the gowanus. I have never had the feeling, while there, that it was so "scary"--as in worse than Crown Heights, Bushwick, etc. In fact, I'm sort of shocked by that. Am I reading this wrong? Is there another site to check out?
In any case, does anyone live around this specific area, and if so, would you mind commenting on safety in the area? Many thanks for any help!
-TMM (perhaps your neighbor in the near future)