Brooklyn is Brooklyn. That's what it famous for.. being a ghetto.. Russian crime is usually insurance fraud and extortion.. Violent felonies are very rare, and are done by novie russkie. Go to the black part of town if you want to see some real action ;)
Regarding "tolerance" in Central Asia, they just don't give a shit about anything. I personally saw people playing cards for money at the frontyard of the Ministry of Education in one of the republics, with "ministers" not payig attention.
I remember an exchange with a poster who took grace offence when I used the word "ghetto" when refering to the place where Jewish "refugees" live in San Francisco. People have no idea, LOL!