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Where to practice driving

Hi there! Looking for recommendations of good neighborhoods to practice driving as a permit-holder. Where I live, people drive like maniacs, blowing through stop signs and nearly hitting pedestrians. Any recommendations of quiet neighborhoods or parks which are good for an inexperienced driver to practice?

Posted on: 2018/5/26 14:54

Re: Griffith between Central and Palisades


tghost wrote:
We've been living here on Webster Ave nearly 4 years after 16 years living downtown. For all its shortcomings, we love living up here and love the neighborhood. All the people who seem "sketchy" are essentially harmless. You might even find that if you're in a time and position of need, they'll offer their help. Yes, they tend to be loud, obnoxious and generally not as respectful of the neighborhood as you are and that's frustrating....we get it. But, we've really come to like it here so much. It's definitely home.

As others have suggested, it's just a matter of time before you find your comfort zone here.


Thats great to hear! I moved from Manhattan where it's definitely more loud and dangerous, but something about quiet streets just freak me out. However, I'm already starting to see that Jersey is just quieter in general and am starting to settle in :)

Posted on: 2017/9/12 13:38

Re: Griffith between Central and Palisades


TheHeightsLife wrote:
We've lived at 120 Sherman Ave for 11+ years. If you're not familiar with the neighbors, give it time. They grow on you. There is a building on Webster Ave (just in from Hato Mayor bodega) that routinely has police activity, etc. We avoid walking on that side of the street. Other than that, everyone is pretty approachable. As others have mentioned, use common sense after hours.

You may also want to peruse the newsletter section of the RNA, our neighborhood group. See

The RNA spearheads community issues and welcomes anyone to attend their monthly meetings, which includes an update from the local police precinct with involvement from the Mayor's Office (who also lives nearby).

And don't forget to visit the weekly farmer's market at Riverview Park --- it's arguably the best amalgamation of the Heights community. Seek friendly faces (particularly at the RNA booth) and ask questions.

Welcome to the Heights.

Thanks a bunch for this info! I think I will stop by the meeting tonight actually - I'd love to get involved in the community.

Posted on: 2017/9/12 13:35

Re: Griffith between Central and Palisades

Hi bunny22,

I actually live at 120! It really is a great building. Thank you for the advice!

Posted on: 2017/9/10 3:27

Griffith between Central and Palisades


I just moved into a beautiful building on Griffith and Sherman ave and was looking for some info on my neighborhood. Everybody keeps telling me how safe all of the heights is and theres nothing to worry about, yet I'm still concerned. I feel like I'm in a little not-so-safe pocket. When I looked up this area on these forums it looks like theres been some shootings here within the last few years, however, everybody keeps saying how much JC has changed for the better.

I usually take the bus on palisades and griffith and I'm wondering if I should change my route to one which avoids walking down Griffith? Theres definitely some sketchy characters but I don't know if theyre actually a threat.

Any info would be great!

Posted on: 2017/9/9 19:35




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