First of all the area is horrible. There are a lot of gangs and obvious drug activity. Robbery is very common, I even got to witness an elderly women get stomped on a sidewalk outside my building in the afternoon for a purse recently. Stomped, an old women. Vandalism is common, the building itself gets sprayed with graffiti every once and a while. The scars remain. Gunshots are pretty common sounds. Police will raid the neighboring buildings for drugs every once and a while, making it unsafe to even walk by or become at risk for getting arrested in the sweep.
Public transportation sucks, it's too long (and too dangerous) a walk at night. The local bus only runs once an hour after midnight. The buses themselves are slow.
Now remember I mentioned the NYCHA, this complex is litterally connected to a large low income housing project. The Monroe Houses. At first glance it is hard to tell the difference, minus the fact the Rosedale Gardens buildings have somewhat cleaner, better kept grounds IN COMPARISON. The Monroe Houses take up a much larger land area, about 3 times the size of Rosedale Gardens so they are a very significant presence. They are absolutely filthy, even worse then the complex being reviewed.
Next maintaince/pollution. Besides the fact the buildings are located across from a major highway (Bruckner Expressway) and all the air pollution/noise from that, the locals keep the building disgusting. Trash in the halls, stairwells, elevator, grounds. Roaches, mice. It's the people more then it is the maintaince when it comes to filth so I will give them that. Although the buildings are old and used and you know how that is.
Honestly it's a lot like the projects in all directions around it. What do you expect. I would not recommend it to anyone. I grew up here but I am moving very soon.