Everytime a property like House of the Day: 78 Halsey Street, is featured on Brownstoner, the post gets well over 60 comments. The posters and trolls on Brownstoner write things like, 'This building looks like quite the lifetime challenge' and 'Are the tenants respectable or armed thugs? That makes a big difference too.'
Another poster wrote, 'This neighborhood is not known for having the best quality rent-stabilized tenants. I would be very careful when buying in Bed-Stuy. Because of the credit crunch, gentrification will come to a halt in Bed-Stuy. Anyone who buys here will be stuck in a low-class hood with (poor) low class people.'
By now we're all accustomed to the incendiary comments that are typical on Brownstoner when it comes to discussing 'fringe' neighborhoods. On many levels, it's disheartening how racist and classist many of these remarks are.
Bedford Stuyvesant has always been a thriving neigbhorhood with arguably the largest stock of brownstones in New York City. The houses in Bed-Stuy are varied, and while many of the great houses are gone, there are several gems left. If you come across a great deal there, it'll be worth your while. Bed-Stuy will continue to change, for good and worse, but I'm convinced that many people will continue to buy there regardless of the opinions of naysayers.