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Walking in New York City and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in New York City: Walking 

New York City is one of the world’s great walking cities. Keep in mind that walking in this city means attention to detail. Whether you’re headed for a day of Fifty Avenue window shopping or touring from Chinatown to Wall Street, walking here is a pleasure as long as you mind what you’re doing.

Watch the Light 

Jaywalking is a time honored art in New York. Still, you need to pay attention where you walk. Be particularly careful when you’re around the city’s bridges and tunnels such as the Holland and Lincoln tunnel. Trucks traffic here is often heavy and may be back up during rush hour.

Look Up and Down 

If you’re in the city, you may be struck by the tall buildings everywhere. Don’t get so caught up you don’t watch where you’re going. Stand still and take that selfie instead. The same is true of looking down. Subway entrances are everywhere with steep stairs. You don’t want to bump into one and find yourself sliding down the stairs unexpected. Streets may also not be well paved. If you’re in Central Park, the pavement can be uneven and bumpy. Watch your step especially if you have a baby carriage or large luggage.

Busy Times

Be particularly careful when walking here during the busy times. If you’re headed into Manhattan to watch the fireworks on East River on the 4th of July or to Times Square on New Year’s Eve, keep in mind you’ll have lots of company. Bring comfortable walking shoes and very little luggage.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers when walking in New York City. 

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