No. of Recommendations: 5
I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am actually afraid to go into my library.
Last year two homeless men got into a fight and one stabbed the other.
The homeless are allowed in the library and there are so many of them in cold weather. I feel for them but they take up most of the comfortable seating and bring all their stuff with them.
Having lived in the suburbs most of my life this was a big change for me. Most people order their books online and pop into the library just to pick them up.
The children's room is so noisy you can't hear yourself think.
It is filled with nannies and caregivers and occasionally a parent. Most talking on their own cell phones while the little ones scream and run around with no supervision.
So, Seattle, you want to trade places?

It really is surprising--Brooklyn Heights is very nice. Lest people think all of NYC is like this, my daughter lives in Harlem, and when I babysat for my grandson,I took him to the nearest library every week once he could sit up. Nothing ever seemed amiss to me. In fact, despite pretty heavy usage, it was at least as quiet as any suburban library I've used, If anyone was homeless, I couldn't tell. Nobody smelled bad, and quite a few adults were using the library in the daytime, many on computers like SP (no home computers, I presume).

At story hour, about 2/3 of the children were accompanied by nannies, babysitters and my fellow grandmas and the rest by Moms and a Dad or two. Wealthier families were more likely to have a SAHM to take the kids story hour. I know it may be counter to some folks expectations of Harlem, but while most people who live there are poor, there are a lot of working poor.

Also during the 18 months I lived in Harlem, there didn't seem to be proportionately any more sick or annoying people on the subway than I remember running into at work in the software business. I've been much more annoyed by groups of teenagers at suburban malls.
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