safest for all crime

park slope


78th precinct / population 61,099

With its mommy blogs, stroller gridlock and bike-lane wars, Park Slope is practically a national poster child for gentrification. The local public school is one of the best in the city, if you can beg, borrow or cheat to get Junior in. "New York Magazine" voted it the most livable neighborhood in New York in a major survey in April 2010.

Yet, this premier neighborhood has a dirty little secret. There is crime in Park Slope. In addition, the western part of the 78th Precinct, which covers Park Slope, includes Gowanus, an industrial area that only recently began to drawn artists and new clubs, bars and restaurants. Even so, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled it a Superfund site in May 2010, essentially putting a halt to new development.

The neighborhood ranks a so-so 41st on DNAinfo.com's Crime & Safety Report for New York's 69 neighborhoods for per capita crime, with 138 major crimes per 10,000 residents. That puts it smack between East Flatbush and Prospect Heights & Crown Heights in the rankings, neighborhoods with decidedly worse reputations.

Many of the Slope's problems relate to property crimes — it ranks 48th for car theft, 52nd for burglaries and 58th for grand larceny, out of 69 neighborhoods.

Violent Crime has plummeted over the years. Old-timers in Park Slope can recall when knife fights were commonplace on Fifth and Seventh avenues, instead of feuds over bikes or oversized strollers. Crime is down 76 percent from 1993 to 2010, led by an 86 percent drop in murders, 85 percent drop in robberies and an 83 percent plunge in felony assaults.

There was just one murder in 2009 and one in 2010, ranking the neighborhood 16th safest for violent crime, with 29 instances per 10,000 residents.

Robberies dropped 5 percent from 2009 to 2010, although residents complained of a spree of muggings on the neighborhood's tree-lined blocks.