Thursday, December 3, 2015


Is Harlem safe?  This is a question we have heard in the past so we did a little research on crime in greater New York City.  As most know, crime is at a fraction of what it was twenty years ago but uptown still probably seems unsafe to many.  Based on a Brick Underground article from 2014 which focuses on non-violent crime,  uptown blocks only show up once and that is in the safest neighborhood category for Washington Heights.  Most crime ridden neighborhoods in the city include, Soho, Meatpacking District, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn.  Harlem blocks appear to be somewhere on the average and are not listed

The above map is the most recent NYC crime map of which the city officially publishes by precinct for October 2015 and all of West Harlem is at the lowest end of the spectrum for being unsafe.  Central Harlem and East Harlem even have lower numbers than many of the expensive neighborhoods like Williamsburg in Brooklyn while Midtown and Hells Kitchen are some of the worse spots in the city overall. Check out the full interactive map here: LINK

With all that said, crime is a factor living in the big city so all the good citizens out there should always be mindful of their surroundings and not take anything for granted.


  1. It's worth noting that these figures are calculated relative to full time residential population. Midtown and downtowns population swell during the day. Still, Harlem is certainly as safe or safer than Brooklyn, which is similar to Harlem in that it doesn't have a huge daytime population.

    1. Harlem doesn’t have a huge daytime population? Surely does in my neighbourhood, Mt. Morris Park.

  2. Note that the city map reflects all crime in general.

  3. I know a number of people who have been jumped/pummeled or mugged downtown. I've never heard of it uptown, although I know it happens.

    But really, who goes to Harlem to mug people. Better to hit up the drunks and tourists downtown.