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Traveling to NYC: areas to avoid?

 
AlexeyK
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Jun 01, 2010 04:57 |  #1

Hey guys!

I'm sure there are some of you who are native New Yorkers, or at least have lived there for a while, so I have a question about which areas I should avoid, especially with the equipment I'll be having with me.

I'll be staying in SoHo, on 135 E Houston Street , which I've heard is a very nice area with a lot of galleries etc.

I've heard of East Harlem being dangerous, but I'm planning on some trips to harlem as well to the Apollo Theater and around that area.

I've also heard that some parts of the Lower East Side should be avoided, but people always argue about that since it's become a "hip" area to be in. I'm pretty sure I'll stay away from South Bronx, or the whole Bronx in general, but what other places should I be careful in? I know, all places can be dangerous, and I always rely on simple common sense, but there are always areas in cities where one should be careful, especially after dark.

Thanks in advance, I appreciate it!
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Jun 01, 2010 14:39 |  #2

I visited NYC last summer with my camera gear, and I didn't feel in danger anywhere I went. I wound up in a run down part of Brooklyn and felt a little bit uncomfortable, but it was all in my head, plus I got to see a pretty entertaining fight in the subway that climaxed with a girl yelling at an old woman, "I don't see no sign sayin' we can't play handball up in here!"

Anyway, my advice is to just use common sense. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep a tight hold on your photo gear. Keep your camera slung diagonal across your chest if you want to walk around hands-free. Never leave it dangling off of one shoulder. Other than that, have an awesome time and take a ton of photos!




  
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Jun 01, 2010 23:07 |  #3

I live in NY (and have for my entire life) and basically, as BoingoBongo said, always be aware. As with any city, there are plenty of less-than-desirable areas. The only place that really comes to mind for me is East New York and some parts of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. However, regardless of your location, just be careful. Other than that, I hope you enjoy your stay! =D


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Jun 04, 2010 03:21 |  #4

Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it!

Yeah, I'm usually pretty self aware and to some extent cautious when I'm in a foreign city, so I don't think it'll be a problem!
Just nice to know that there aren't very dangerous areas there, though I dno't think I'll be strolling around at night everywhere..=)




  
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Jun 06, 2010 09:51 |  #5

New York was really fun. It was definitely the coolest place I've ever visited, you'll have an awesome time.




  
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