Reply To: Neighborhood Safety–NOMA (O NW and North Capitol NE)

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Late 20’s lady here. Until last February, I lived alone in a ground floor apartment right on the unit block of New York Ave towards N Capitol, right next to the intersection of N St NW and NY Ave (I moved away for reasons unrelated to safety). For the most part, I didn’t really feel too unsafe living there. Of course, I’d be a bit on alert if I noticed someone walking behind me as I would walk home/unlock my door and I was always very aware of anyone loitering on N street while taking out my trash cans late at night for pick up the next morning.

As far as taking the metro, I would always take the red line to the NY Ave metro, and walk down N St NE, and cross N Capitol then NY Ave to get home. At night, it was definitely pretty deserted, which wasn’t very scary, but there would always be men loitering about the intersection of N St NE and N Capitol Ave, right next to Covenant House, so that could get quite uncomfortable at times (cue earbuds in, but pausing my music to be able to hear things around me). Also, when I’d get home really late, it was inevitable running into the drunk club crowd going to/from Ibiza.

As elizaka said, the sound is really a huge issue around that area, but the further away from the main streets, the quieter it gets. July 4th is also super noisy and a bit dangerous with all the fireworks. People just don’t care if they hit you/nearly hit you with all the fireworks they and their kids set off in their neighborhood, if you’re walking by. Granted, this happens in other neighborhoods as well, but I was pleasantly surprised when I moved to Trinidad and it was incredibly quiet compared to Truxton Circle.

In hindsight, I was a bit naive and probably fairly lucky by not having any real issues (other than package thieves!) when I lived in the area. If you do move over there, good luck and just be aware!