City blocks This week: Roosevelt Avenue between 85th and 86th streets
5 reasons to live here, visit here, or stay away from here
1 Vibrant streets. Jaff Candy sells sodas, and ice cream in front of the shop. “Sometimes we sell more outside,” owner Miah Mohammed said.
2 First-run movies show at the Jackson on 82nd Street. You can then eat on Roosevelt.
3 Shops are varied and plentiful. Fordham senior John Mungioli came for Peruvian maca, which the Incas used for energy and libido. “People congregate here,” he said. (The author thought "People congregate here" was all this guy could say about the area?)
4 Rents aren’t cheap, with a one-bedroom fetching up to $1,200. But there’s good transportation. Manhattan is 20 minutes away.
5 Crime’s dropped 76 percent since 1993. “When I first came 15 years ago, this was a bad neighborhood,” Mohammed said. (Really, how is it now compared to 5 years ago?)
Funny thing mentioned in this article: Colombians and Ecuadorians have to sell Mexican food to get by! Ever since I saw a man carving unidentified meat on a spit right out on Roosevelt under the el while the trains whizzed by, dislodging debris from the tracks onto the street below, I have made a conscious decision to stay away from dining in this area.