NYC's Safest & Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

December 26, 2015

Analyzing NYPD crime stats to determine NYC's safest & most dangerous neighborhoods

After our co-founder (and longtime NYC resident) Alicia's unfortunate firsthand experience with being mugged in NYC, the AddressReport data team decided to conduct an extensive analysis of NYPD crime rates for every neighborhood in New York (that's approximately 250 neighborhoods).

To rank the best and worst New York neighborhoods for crime & safety, we considered the following factors:

  • Total crime

  • Violent crime (robbery, assault, rape, and murder)

  • Non-violent crime (grand larceny, burglary, and grand theft auto)

  • Neighborhood population (for per-capita rankings)

The results of our analysis, presented below, reveal the safest and most dangerous neighborhoods to live in across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Note: This analysis looks at crime rates on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. To see a detailed report of crimes statistics and crimes committed at any specific NYC building or block, you can check out our borough pages for Manhattan, BrooklynQueens, or the Bronx and look up any address for which you want to see crime rates.

The 20 NYC Neighborhoods with Lowest Violent Crime Rates

These neighborhoods have the lowest rates of violent crime per capita across New York City:

You're probably surprised to learn that of the 20 safest neighborhoods in New York, the borough of Queens actually leads the pack with 9 neighborhoods, Manhattan has 6 (including 3 out of the 5 safest neighborhoods), the Bronx has 4, and Brooklyn has only 1 neighborhood that ranks.

If you haven't heard of many of these neighborhoods, there's a good reason for that: for the most part, they tend to be quiet and laid-back, with little in the way of nightlife, entertainment, or tourist attractions (alcohol, nightlife, and tourists -- as we'll see below -- turn out to be an ideal mix for violent crime in New York).

The 20 NYC Neighborhoods with Highest Violent Crime Rates

These neighborhoods have the highest rates of violent crime per capita across New York City:

Looking at the list of the most dangerous neighborhoods, Brooklyn has the highest count with 8, the Bronx comes in second with 7, Manhattan follows with 5, and Queens has zero of the top 20 most dangerous neighborhoods in NYC.

What particularly jumps out to us here? Well, remember what we said above about tourists and violent crime? It plays out in spades here, with the Theatre District / Times Square (a bastion of never-ending tourists) ranking as crime central for Manhattan.

The Meatpacking District (known for its trendy restaurants, high-end nightclubs, and elite, members-only enclaves like the famous Soho House) also turns out to be the Manhattan neighborhood with the highest per capita rate of assault. Yet as anyone who has walked around the neighborhood could attest, the Meatpacking actually feels quite safe, so we believe the assault rate is probably less a symptom of resident-on-resident crime than it is a case of late-night drunken club-goer vs. drunken club-goer confrontations.

How to Look Up Crime Stats or Any Neighborhood, Block, or Address in NYC

If you're interested in seeing crime stats (along with bed bug reports, rat sightings, street / construction noise issues, and more) for any apartment building, condo, or co-op in New York, enter the address at AddressReport and scroll down to the "Crime Reports" section for that address page, where you'll see an image like below:

1990 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan Crime Statistics

Other NYC Crime Statistics Resources

"Tips on Holiday Tipping"

December 17, 2015

The Rockefeller Center Tree is lit, the frenzied Black Friday and Cyber Monday crowds have completed their binge-buying sprees, and boozy office holiday parties have gotten underway (with deliciously awkward results) -- in short, the holidays are here, and with them comes the annual panic over how much and when you should be tipping all the various people who (often invisibly) make your life the modern marvel of convenience that it is.

Time to break out the wallet or checkbook -- only, thing is, you haven't got a clue how much, when, and whom to tip.

How Much to Tip, When to Tip, and Who to Tip for the Holidays

So how much and when should you tip your doorman, your super, your babysitter, your dog walker, professional cleaning service, the elevator boy (if this were the 1910s), and all the rest?  To answer your burning questions, we present the AddressReport "Tips on Holiday Tipping" Infographic.

Use it as your go-to tipping cheat-sheet this holiday season (and share it with your clueless friends to make sure you don't get out-tipped and wind up looking like the cheap one when the topic comes up at Sunday brunch).

AddressReport's Holiday Tipping Guide

AddressReport Holiday Tipping Guide Infographic

Whom to Tip During the Holidays

As the guide suggests, the primary folks set to bask in your holiday largess include:

  • The Super or Resident Manager
  • Doorman / Concierge
  • Porter / Handyman
  • Garage Attendant (yet another reason owning a car sucks!)
  • Nanny / Babysitter
  • Newspaper Carrier (so it's a little old-timey, but they're freezing out there)
  • Housekeeper
  • Hairdresser / Manicurist (those who ought to tip these people know who you are)
  • Dog Walker (thinking twice? really? for this person who doubles as your pooper scooper?)
  • Mailman / Mail carrier (not depicted above; see discussion below on whether, and how much, to tip the mailman)

How Much to Tip During the Holidays

The amount to tip during the holidays ranges widely and depends on the person you're tipping (and, in many cases, on what you pay them for their services normally).

For example, doormen on average get about $25-$50 (newer doormen toward the bottom of the range, more senior doormen at the top of the range), while the super will typically get $75-$175. Make no mistake: building staff rely on these year-end tips and gifts as a core part of their annual income.

Nannies and housekeepers can expect a week's pay, while a babysitter typically gets whatever you ordinarily pay them for a single night of sitting (assuming they're your regular, go-to sitter). For your hairdresser or color treatment pro -- well, ask yourself: how high-end is the salon you go to and how high-maintenance are you when you sit in that chair? Tip accordingly. Refer to the Tipping Infographic above for more guidance.

Then there's your mail carrier. People are very mixed on this one; after all, isn't the mailman just a government employee doing his job? Good thinking, righteous idealist! For the realists, think about it this way: who spends more time in such close proximity to your very personal business than the mail carrier? For those living in a doorman building, tipping the mail carrier is optional (but still recommended); for those who live in a non-doorman building and tend to receive a lot of packages, a tip of $15 - $25 is highly suggested. Read more discussion on the debate over tipping your mailman here.

When to Tip During the Holidays

Tips are generally supposed to be given starting anytime in December (some even say immediately after Thanksgiving) and the holiday tipping season can extend as late as February, depending on when you're likely to see the people you intend to tip. Practically speaking, most of your holiday tipping should be done in the few weeks just prior to Christmas / New Year's Eve.

Getting the Holiday Tipping Data

So how did we gather all this great info? We did what any savvy Manhattan apartment dweller would do: a little research, a little quizzing of our more responsible friends, some advanced spreadsheet magic, followed by a celebration with some spiked eggnog -- our self-satisfied reward for taking on this unenviable task for yet another year.

Then we asked our friend Teri at NYC real estate survival website BrickUnderground (a tip of the hat -- pun fully intended -- to her wonderful "2012 Holiday Tipping Guide").

We hope these Tips on Holiday Tipping take out a little bit of the holiday stress. And remember: tipping is a very personal thing. The figures above are just guidelines, and they are naturally skewed by the fact that some people have a lot of cash to spread around in thanks (and to ensure ongoing premium attention). If things are tighter for you this year, just give what you can (keeping in mind that things are probably pretty tight for the folks you're tipping as well).

The Washington D.C. Food Delivery Heatmap: Where to Live in D.C. If You Love to Order In

December 05, 2015

It's getting late on an icy winter Sunday in your cozy D.C. apartment when, suddenly, you're hit with a craving for some serious comfort food. But you don't want to change out of your pajamas, let alone trudge downstairs into the snow and sludge. You seek salvation in a greasy stack of food delivery menus.

So what’s the best Washington DC neighborhood to live in if the cold (or your laziness) sends you in search of delicious food delivery options? AddressReport's got your back with its Washington DC Food Delivery Heat Map -- revealing, for all to see, the precise neighborhoods in the District that offer the greatest food delivery of all.

The Washington D.C. Food Delivery Heatmap by AddressReport

Washington DC Food Delivery Heatmap by Rentenna
How to interpret the Washington D.C. Food Delivery Heatmap:

  • Red indicates areas with an awesome selection of restaurants that deliver.
  • Green indicates areas with a decent variety of food delivery options.
  • Blue indicates areas where you'd better love to drive or be totally pro with riding the Metro, because you're in a food delivery no-man's-land.
  • The knife and fork icons highlight the top-rated restaurants that deliver in D.C., according to reviews by your fellow citizens in the District.

The Best Places to Live for Food Delivery in Washington D.C.

Here are the top 10 neighborhoods in Washington D.C. and its immediate surroundings, ranked by variety and number of restaurant delivery options:

  1. Dupont Circle
  2. Logan Circle
  3. U Street
  4. Adams Morgan
  5. Georgetown
  6. Woodley Park
  7. Foggy Bottom
  8. Cleveland Park
  9. Columbia Heights
  10. Mount Vernon Square

Northwest D.C. dominates the Top 10 Food Delivery Neighborhood rankings -- no surprise to Washingtonians -- with Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street, Adams Morgan and Georgetown making up the top 5.

Food delivery nirvana isn't limited to the District proper. Up North, outside the city itself, residents of Bethesda and Silver Spring enjoy food delivery galore, as do their counterparts to the southwest in Arlington, Bailey's Crossing, and down in Alexandria.

Manhattan Neighborhoods with the Most Cars

December 03, 2015

Who Owns the Cars in New York City?

Everybody knows it’s no fun to try to drive a car in NYC. From dealing with double-parked vehicles, to lane-swerving taxis, to helmetless Citi Bike riders, to New York's notorious traffic congestion, it’s a hassle and a hazard to try to drive around and park in many parts of the city, so most of us just stick to taking the subway. 

That's the stereotype, anyway. But just how many New Yorkers own cars? And where do all these car owners live?

The data team at AddressReportbroke down the most recent American Community Survey to rank the Manhattan neighborhoods with the highest and lowest percentage of households that own at least one car.

The results were surprising - even knowing that New Yorkers drive way less frequently than people in the rest of the country.

Manhattan Neighborhoods with the Most Cars

Based on our analysis Tribeca is the Manhattan neighborhood where residents are most likely to have a car. But even still, only 36% of households have cars. That pales in comparison to the US as a whole, where nearly 95% of the population have cars. But then again the rest of the US doesn’t have a subway that can get them anywhere they want.

The top five neighborhoods were:

Neighborhood:                                    Percentage of Households With Cars
Upper East Side28%
Battery Park City28%
Union Square27%
Upper West Side24%

Manhattan Neighborhoods with the Fewest Cars

Tribeca had about ⅓ the cars of the average US neighborhood and Hell’s Kitchen has about ⅓ of that! With only 11% of households having cars Hell’s Kitchen easily won the award for the Manhattan neighborhood with the fewest households with cars. Most of the nieghborhoods with the fewest cars have major subway lines running through them, meaning that cars are even less necessary than in the rest of Manhattan

The bottom five neighborhoods were:

Neighborhood:                                    Percentage of Households With Cars
Hell's Kitchen11%
Kip's Bay13%
Financial District14%
East Village15%

Picking the Best Neighborhood to Live In

Honestly if you’re looking to live in NYC your decision of where to live probably isn’t extremely dependent on whether your neighborhood is good for your car. Although if it is then it seems like Tribeca is the place for you. But there are a number of other factors you probably do want to consider if you’re looking for a new place

Make sure you know all the facts about your apartment by looking up your address on AddressReport

The Boston Food Delivery Heatmap: Where to Live If You Love to Order In!

December 02, 2015

Boston is spoiled with dining options, but what if you're just too lazy to go out for your meals?

Real talk: when the hunger pangs start stickin' like duct tape and your inner sloth takes over, you'd be lucky to get off the couch, let alone change out of your sweatpants and venture into the elements for your food. Better just admit it and move to a neighborhood where plenty of delicious foodstuffs can come to you.

The Giant Boston Food Delivery Heatmap by AddressReport

(Click map to open the full-size / zoomable version)
The Boston Food Delivery Heatmap by Rentenna
How to read the Food Delivery Heatmap:

  • Red indicates areas with the greatest density of restaurants that deliver.
  • Green indicates areas with average food delivery selection.
  • Blue indicates areas where you'd better load up that Charlie Card or learn to cook, because you're going to run out of delivery options real fast.
  • The knife and fork icons highlight the 50 top-rated restaurants (according to online reviews by Bostonians) that offer delivery -- Boston's "local favorites."

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The Best Places to Live for Food Delivery in Boston

The Back Bay and Beacon Hill offer snooty-but-delicious menus that stand up to the best (and most expensive) in the country. The North End's still boss when it comes to throwback restaurants that have been in The Family for generations. For a trendier, more modern experience, head to the South End. For a more relaxed atmosphere, there's plenty to enjoy in Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley. And of course a cheap slice in Allston can really soak things up after a night at the bars.

That all sounds great if you're into showering, wearing clothes, and having actual human contact.

But how do the neighborhoods rank as far as catering to your unimaginably slothful need for great food delivery options?

Based on an analysis of over 1,500 restaurants in Boston and the suburbs that offer delivery, AddressReport's Boston Food Delivery Heatmap (below) reveals the neighborhoods that offer up the best access to the most chow in The Hub -- from Chestnut Hill and Brighton in the west to Boston's North End in the east. (The Cambridge / Somerville edition is currently in the works -- and not to give anything away, but let's just say life across the Charles is good as well).

Ranking Boston's Neighborhoods by Food Delivery Score

As the map reveals, most of Boston enjoys food delivery options galore, with the bulk of the city from Old North Church to the Back Bay and Fenway bathed in bright red, with flecks of green. That said, Kenmore is the best area to live if food delivery is your thing.

But after Kenmore, it turns out that several areas outside of Boston can give the city a run for its money (fortunately for those who already have to commute in for work, and want to maximize their laziness after finally getting home). Neighborhoods within Brookline like Coolidge Corner, Central Village, and Washington Square offer great food delivery, as do Allston (although Lower Allston, near Harvard Business School, leaves most of the MBA crowd shaking their fists) and Brighton.

And although they don't score as highly, Jamaica Plain (not quite visible on the map), Lower Roxbury, and Southie are no slouches for food delivery, either.

Here are the top 15 neighborhoods in Boston and its immediate surroundings (excluding Cambridge / Somerville), ranked by breadth & depth of food delivery options:

  1. Kenmore
  2. Coolidge Corner (Brookline)
  3. Allston
  4. Fenway
  5. Back Bay
  6. Prudential
  7. Brookline
  8. Central Village (Brookline)
  9. Longwood
  10. Allston/Brighton
  11. South End
  12. Cleveland Circle (Technically part of Brighton, but the BC kids know it's its own little world)
  13. Washington Square (Brookline)
  14. Brighton
  15. The Theatre District

A note on neighborhood delineations and rankings:

The neighborhood borders outside the city are often an overlapping, mish-mashy mess, and many sub-neighborhoods could be considered neighborhoods in their own right. Hence we've included not just Allston and Brighton, but also the interlocking region of Allston/Brighton (often recognized as a distinct neighborhood) in the list as a discrete entity. And hence we've included Cleveland Circle (which is technically part of Brighton) as a separate entity. Several areas that technically sit within Brookline (like Coolidge Corner) get called out on their own as well.

Deciding what to break out is an inexact science. If this greatly offends you, just ignore the rank list and let the Delivery Heatmap's red, green and blue areas be your guide -- and be sure never to follow college football.

Variety of Cuisine Options Available for Delivery in Boston

Pie Chart of Boston Cuisine Available for Food Delivery

While the types of cuisines available are diverse and plentiful, pizza represents a full quarter of Boston’s delivery options, followed, in order, by American, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. Seafood, for which Boston is so famous, has significantly lower representation -- but do you really want some bringing you the day's catch in his bicycle basket?

Why the Food Delivery Score Matters for Renters

Americans are more frequently than ever making the financially flexible choice to rent in urban areas rather than settle down and buy houses with giant yards and a white picket fence. As these renters decide where to live, issues beyond price are becoming primary drivers of their decision-making: Quality-of-life issues like amenities, access to public transportation, proximity to parks / green spaces, and convenient access to great food are major considerations for renters searching for their next apartment.

If having every type of food -- from pizza, to Chinese, to sushi, and more -- available at your door with a simple click or phone call is an important factor for your quality of life (be honest), check out the Food Delivery Heatmap above and search Boston apartments on AddressReport to see how their neighborhood shapes up.