"Then she arrived at a brand-new 77-unit rental building on Sterling Place in Crown Heights on the border of Prospect Heights, a neighborhood sometimes called ProCro."
Who?! Who calls it that?! I mean, beyond real estate developers and brokers, and of course the Times.
Having a washer/dryer would be lovely. In the absence of that though, after years of walking to do it myself I've started using Waverly Wu's pick-up/drop off service and I doubt I'll be doing my own laundry again anytime soon. Yeah, it's more expensive, but no lugging laundry back and forth. Just a quick call, someone shows up to pick it up, and then it comes back nicely folded and separated. Essentially you're paying someone minimum wage to do some fairly labor intensive work, something I'm more than willing to do at this point in my life. And it's still cheaper than paying the several grand a month you need to pay to have a washer/dryer in your building these days.
Still, that's nothing that a simple hope on the subway or bus can't fix.
I don't feel significantly more at risk for violent crime in western CH than I do in Park Slope. The violent crime seems to be mostly internecine between certain segments of the population and largely further east.I personally feel safer in either of these neighborhoods than my previous haunts in the East Village, where the greater population density and relative anonymity of your neighbors made me feel more exposed to muggers and the like.