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Old 11-07-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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The area around your hostel - I've been there - is starting to gentrify (there's actually a lot of cool unofficial 'parties' and such around there) but is still pretty rough around the edges. I don't think you will have a problem, but use common sense and be careful. If you are not used to big city life, you may want to consider taking cabs back there late at night. During the daytime and evening you'll be fine.

The tourist areas in New York are very safe. Just use normal big-city precautions. New York is one of the safest cities in the U.S. Frankly, I always find it surprising when I hear about someone who does not know this - no offense or anything. Even off-the-beaten path, the vast majority of Manhattan south of 96th Street is very safe. There's a few spots on the Lower East Side where a newcomer may want to watch his back, but it's nothing too scary.

FYI, I know absolutely nothing about hostels in New York, but I find the best way to book them (I've traveled through the U.S. and Europe in hostels and always had very positive experiences) is to use a website like hostelworld.com. I've always just booked the highest-rated hostels on there and never had any problems. They tend to use the 'wisdom of crowds' concept - hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people rate the hostels, so if a place is rated 90 or 95 (out of 100) you pretty much know it will be good. I also like to read through the comments until I hit someone complaining, just to get a sense of what could go wrong. But I love hostels. It's a great way to travel if you do it right.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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I think what you should be most worried about is that hostel.
I agree with this statement. Have you looked at priceline.com or any of the other travel sites to find a decent but inexpensive hotel?

I wouldn't worry too much about being robbed or killed. I think once your here and get a feel for the city you'll find it to be very safe.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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We'll be visiting around the american thanks giving and black friday, not sure if that makes a difference.
I'm very skeptical about the area I reserved the hostel room at now. I already put a $28USD deposit on it.
I just don't want my girlfriend to get hurt thats my main concern.

Thank you all for the responses!
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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I wish we could find someone in New York that would take us in for a fee, Someplace safe. We're quiet people and don't drink nor smoke and don't stay out late and are polite.

We're Canadians haha
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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I went recently myself and my child for vacation and we stayed at Holiday Inn Midtown - Cheap and Nice. We had the time of our life! Can not wait to go again, everyone was awesome and we ended up compliment our Taxi who went out of his way to help us - actually two taxis did when we ended up confused as to what we were doing. We had a blast - put the fear away and enjoy the experience. As with everywhere you go just be aware of your surrondings - keep your head up - and enjoy the visit.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines
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Please dont trll me you came all the way from Toronto to stay in Bushwick?? I grew up there, it was ghetto then and ghetto now in spite of what you're hearing on this board. Don't believe me, just look at the crime stats for the 83rd precient and compare to other parts of the city. Definately dont take train at night back to your hostel, your better off springing for a cab.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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Glad that was said, we always used a taxi.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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Please dont trll me you came all the way from Toronto to stay in Bushwick?? I grew up there, it was ghetto then and ghetto now in spite of what you're hearing on this board. Don't believe me, just look at the crime stats for the 83rd precient and compare to other parts of the city. Definately dont take train at night back to your hostel, your better off springing for a cab.
The other people who are talking about it on this board are people who have been there recently, like today, or last week.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Please dont trll me you came all the way from Toronto to stay in Bushwick?? I grew up there, it was ghetto then and ghetto now in spite of what you're hearing on this board. Don't believe me, just look at the crime stats for the 83rd precient and compare to other parts of the city. Definately dont take train at night back to your hostel, your better off springing for a cab.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Glad that was said, we always used a taxi.
You were in Manhattan! There is almost no need to use taxis in Manhattan. The subways are more efficient and much cheaper.
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