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Old 11-07-2009, 03:39 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.
How much you think it'd be to catch a cab from the hostel to the subway there and back?
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Last year I spent 10 days in Manhattan by MYSELF and felt very safe. It was a strange visit that had other issues but I still had a wonderful time and would love to go back to start where I left off.

I never made it to Brooklyn, except to the other end of the bridge when I walked it. Also, I never used subways. I was in the Chelsea Dist, perfect central location to various transit. So I rode the busses which, though slower, enabled me to actually SEE the city more. (However, in your case, you'd need the subways to help you save time in the short time you're there.)

Just be alert at all times and hide extra cash and cards where someone is less likely to pick so easily. I carry a purse or fanny-pack but my extras are always hidden somewhere else.

Also, I wouldn't "do" any parks at night. But that's a rule of thumb for city parks anywhere.

Hope you have a great time.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:09 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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You will be fine, I'm sure. Just wanted to add one more thing that tourists to NYC should know--do not be afraid to ask questions, for directions, as to where you are, as to where subways are, etc. New Yorkers are used to it and often have to ask themselves if they are in an unfamiliar neighborhood. It's normal.

Also, if you still feel a little nervous, straighten your back, walk as though you know where you are going and as if you own the place. It's everybody's city, go ahead! If there ARE any potential muggers around, they will be looking to pick on somebody who looks as though they don't know what they are doing. So even if you don't know what you are doing, look as if you do!
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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I carry fanny-pack but my extras are always hidden somewhere else.
I would NEVER EVER recommend carrying a fanny pack! Thats just laughable. You might as well carry a sign that says I'm a tourist.


Also that asking for directions is very very true. Countless times I have had people come up to me and ask me where the E train is or which way to union square. I love to help.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:28 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I would NEVER EVER recommend carrying a fanny pack! Thats just laughable. You might as well carry a sign that says I'm a tourist.


Also that asking for directions is very very true. Countless times I have had people come up to me and ask me where the E train is or which way to union square. I love to help.
So do I. There's something about me that makes people ask me for directions. Even when I'm in a group with others, I am the one to whom the questions are addressed. I think that's strange, since I'm a really really tall woman. You'd think I'd scare people.

I like to help them, too. Also, I'm a smoker, which means I'm just standing outside my building sometimes, so I'm a stationary target for direction-seekers.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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I think that's strange, since I'm a really really tall woman.

I'm a short girl! I think sometimes people think I'm maybe a high schooler and when they see someone "my age" alone they think i must be a local. I'm actually 23...
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Hi,
My girlfriend and I will be visiting New York City for our first time and we're 21 and 19.

We will be staying in a hostel(can't afford much better than that)
at around Varet St, Brooklyn around the end of November.
We were recommend that hostel since its close to the subway system and easy to get downtown.

Okay,
We're from Toronto and we have a bit of street sense but what we are majorly worried about is getting robbed or killed..
We need to know what areas are safe to visit and what advice should we listen to?

Wish we were a bigger group going to new york but it's just the 2 of us staying for 3 nights.

Thank you so much and can't wait to visit.
Oh my gosh, kiddo, you need to relax. It's pretty funny, but the first time I was in the NY airport I was afraid someone would snatch my purse, or mug me. I must watch too much TV.
Much more recently, I visited Manhattan with my husband. I did not know what to expect, but the experience was great. I cannot speak to the area where you're going, but we had a completely good experience. We walked everywhere and everyone was friendly. Go forth and have a great time. The city is just too much fun to hinder your experience with some sort of preconceived notion. Of course, you should use the same street smarts you would use anywhere else.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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You were in Manhattan! There is almost no need to use taxis in Manhattan. The subways are more efficient and much cheaper.
Sorry Henna, Taxis are a must, I get lost walking in a circle, I get lost walking around my block where I have lived for the last 25 years. Someone without directional disfunction doesnt have a clue, believe me the subway is not a means of transportation for me.

Thanks for the vote of confidence though!
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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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.
There is some truth to that, but it doesn't mean the OP or his girlfriend are going to be in danger. Like I said, that area is more or less the "better" part of Bushwick anyway, and I see what I assume are out-of-towners around all the time, and I'm pretty sure the majority of them are fine.

Plus the hostel is like 2 blocks from the train, so they don't really have to spend time walking around Bushwick if they don't want to.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I would NEVER EVER recommend carrying a fanny pack! Thats just laughable. You might as well carry a sign that says I'm a tourist.
Actually, I resort to fanny packs when my neck gets sore from carrying the purse (long straps worn criss-crossed are the only purses I use). It's a chronic medical issue.

However, I've worn the fanny packs on trips for 22 years and not had a problem. I did have someone try to rip off my camera back in the early-90's in San Diego, though (and nope, he didn't get it).

I've read that tourists shouldn't wear athletic shoes, either. But if I'm going to be on my feet for up to 15 hours (which I often am) then I don't care if the locals think it looks dorky or "touristy".
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