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Old 07-12-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Planning a vacation to NYC in September. How safe is the subway from:
1. Times Square to Bronx Zoo
2. Times Square to The Cloisters.
3. Times Square to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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You will be fine taking the subway to any of those destinations. Just be smart-- don't flash your wallet around etc. But the subway is full of "regular" people at all hours and you won't have any safety issues going to those well-trafficked areas. If anything the only issue you'll have to deal with is the intense crowds at Times Square, depending on the time of day.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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You will be fine taking the subway to any of those destinations. Just be smart-- don't flash your wallet around etc. But the subway is full of "regular" people at all hours and you won't have any safety issues going to those well-trafficked areas. If anything the only issue you'll have to deal with is the intense crowds at Times Square, depending on the time of day.
Seconded--from your friendly local poster who also happens to work for MTA. Here's another tip for additional safety: always ride in the conductor's car, which will be one of the two middle cars of the train. (And if you have to ask directions, asking the conductor is infinitely preferable to asking any of your fellow straphangers. Trust me on this!)
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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^^^ Fred is the man!


Also, I don't think there is a direct subway acess to the Bronx zoo, though, I could be wrong.

From Times Sq., to the Cloisters, you will have to take the A, all the way up to 190 St. It should take a few minuets to walk over there. It is safe, especially during the day. There are lots of people on the train.

The ride will take about 45 minuets. The A runs local pass 168.

If you're going to Prospect Park, it depends on what part of the park you're going to. Though, you can take the 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Again, it is a safe ride.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:04 AM
 
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According to the MTA website you can take the number 2 subway train from Times Square to WEST FARMS SQ - E TREMONT AV STATION in order to get to the Bronx Zoo (although due to track work there may be a change). Taking the subway during the daytime should not pose any real safety problems.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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I just went to the Bronx Zoo recently and the 2 and 5 go there and apparently theres an express bus that goes there as well. It was a 2-3 block walk from the train station. Not the greatest of neighborhoods but during the day I think its fine.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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There are a few buses that leave you right in front of the zoo. In any case the area is fine during the day.
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Don't know why they don't advertise it much but the nicest,maybe the safest and easiest entrance to the zoo is via the Fordham Road/Pelham Parkway entrance.You get to it by taking the 2 train to the Pelham Parkway stop( at White Plains Road) and then walking West along Pelham Parkway, under The Bronx River Parkway, and into Bronx Park.Pelham Parkway becomes Fordham Road as it goes through the park .A short distance into the park there is an entrance to the zoo on the right and an entrance to The Botanical Garden on the left. It is a much,much nicer area(particularly for out of towners) to walk around in than the entrances at the southern end of the park along Bronx Park South.

You can walk from one( zoo/botanical garden) into the other.

Anyone making the trip to the zoo should try to include the Botanical Garden in the same trip since they are both right there next to each other.

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If you're going to Prospect Park, it depends on what part of the park you're going to. Though, you can take the 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Again, it is a safe ride.
All true!

From Times Square, there's direct access to Prospect Park on the 2 and 3 trains (Grand Army Plaza station)--at the north end of the park, by the Brooklyn Public Library. You can take the Q train to 7 Avenue at Flatbush, and from there it's a short walk to the park...or you can take it straight to Prospect Park station, on the east side of the park.

And just by the way, for one of the best sightseeing trips in the whole city, take the M4 bus to the Cloisters. You can pick it up on East 42 Street & Madison Avenue. Why MTA doesn't advertise the use of city buses for sightseeing is a mystery I'll probably never understand. But the bus routes that run north-south in Manhattan are absolutely amazing!

(Another great sightseeing bus run in Brooklyn: the B41, from one end of the borough to the other via Flatbush Avenue).
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