safest for all crime

new dorp & south beach

Arrochar, Bloomfield, Bulls Head, Chelsea, Dongan Hills, Egbertville, Emerson Hill, Grant City, Grasmere, Midland Beach, New Springville, Oakwood, Old Town, Todt Hill, Travis, West Brighton, Willowbrook

Photo: Tiphanie Colon-Lamontanaro

122nd precinct / population 194,822

In New Dorp, South Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods, there were 1,008 crimes, including 731 burglaries, grand larcenies and car thefts, but only two murders and a single shooting in 2010, ranking them 2nd safest in all of New York. Serious crime overall was down another 7 percent from 2009 to 2010, continuing a trend that has seen crime cut by more than 82 percent from 1993 to 2010.

These neighborhoods, located in the center of the island, create a vast corridor of homes, condos and business districts mixed with lush green parks. Characteristic of suburban life on the outskirts of a large metropolis, the neighborhoods have a Midwestern feel, and Travis boasts the oldest Fourth of July Parade in New York City.

Crime is not the norm here, but mob life is, as evidenced by the new "Mob Wives" show on VH1, featuring four women from Staten Island who live in the area.

Todt Hill is home to mansions including the so-called "White House" built by Gambino crime-family boss Paul Castellano and modeled on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Today, Russians have migrated from Brooklyn into solidly working- and middle-class South Beach neighborhoods. Orthodox Jews live in Willowbrook. Pockets of Irish, Germans and Italians reside in West Brighton.

Still, while the area's 122nd Precinct is safe overall, rape persists as a problem and was down only 5 percent from 1993 to 2010 and doubled from nine reported incidents in 2009 to 18 in 2010. Robberies rose 7 percent in 2010, from 108 to 116; felony assaults were up 48 percent, from 95 to 141, from 2008 to 2010.