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Old 08-25-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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Hey,

I am from Toronto Canada and I am looking for a place to stay for 2 months in NYC.

I found a place on W 41st street, in Midtown west. It is a great price per month, but I have heard that they area is not so good, and that is why the price is so low.

Does anyone have any insight on that area? Should I stay there for 2 months. The apartment looks really nice. I am just wondering if I will be safe there.

thanks.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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2 mths? you'll be fine. its not a bad area, its just not residential. very commercial/touristy.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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This depends on how far West it is. Where you don't want to live is right near the Port Authority bus terminal...
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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2 mths? you'll be fine. its not a bad area, its just not residential. very commercial/touristy.
Oh ok. Thanks. The person I spoke to said I may run into some colorful characters. I don't mind a lot of people or tourists. I would actually feel more comfortable in a crowded area.

I just don't want to constantly be harassed by strange people while walking. The building has a 24hour doorman which is a relief.

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This depends on how far West it is. Where you don't want to live is right near the Port Authority bus terminal...
What is near that area that makes it less desirable?
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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What is near that area that makes it less desirable?
"Colorful characters", actually.

You'll be fine, safety-wise. You're probably looking at one of those new luxury rental towers that have sprouted up all along 41st St. There has been a lot of new residential development around that area, since there are height restrictions on new buildings north of 42nd St to preserve the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

The main complaint about that immediate area is noise, crowds, traffic, and lack of park space. It doesn't feel much like a "neighborhood". There is Times Square at 7th Ave, then the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Ave. As you go further west on 41st, past 9th Ave., it gets somewhat industrial, plus there are busy Lincoln Tunnel entrances was well as the ramps serving the bus terminal, which create lots of vehicular noise. Go north on 8th or 9th Avenue and it quiets down a bit.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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There are two places around there that attract "colorful characters." There's the homeless day shelter (at least that's what I believe it is) on 40th between 9th and Dyer Aves. Then there's Covenant House which I think is on 41st and 10th.

You might find more info in this thread //www.city-data.com/forum/new-y...s-kitchen.html

But I think for 2 months you will be fine. It's not a place I would want to live long-term, mostly because of the noise and dirt and all the cars that want to run you down, but I would live there short-term.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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I live at 42nd and 9th (in a luxury highrise that popped up, as the other thread was discussing), and I wouldn't say that I feel unsafe there. Go a little south on 9th and things get a tad sketchy (with the homeless literally camped out), but if you don't bother them, they won't bother you.

I actually work in Jersey, so I take the bus from the Port Authority to head to the office, but obviously that's during rush hour, doing a reverse commute, and despite stories that I've been told, I've never seen anything untoward occur there. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen, just that I've not seen it (so it must not be as out of control as everyone says).
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Midtown west is a nice area, Lots of nice new co-ops going up in the area. It's not like a community, but still very nice, I say go for it, you will have a great time in NYC.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Honestly, thank you everyone for all the advice and information. I think I know everything I need to know to make a decision.
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