Harlem Warnings and Dangers
Harlem is the first district at the top of Manhattan Island, beginning at the upper half of Central Park. It’s an increasingly popular New York neighborhood, but as with all cities, there are some things to be aware of.
Avoid the parks in Harlem at night, as you should in other parts of the city. Washington Square Park is one of the best places to relax and hang out in NYC during the day. If you’re offered drugs by a stranger, ignore them and keep walking: This is normally more of an annoyance than a danger.
Don’t hang out at Nostrand Avenue and Gates Avenue. Avoid the Marcy projects at Fulton Avenue and Nostrand Avenue. Stay away from Flatbush Avenue and Newkirk Avenue, and don’t go beyond 60th Street, below 30th Street, or beyond 8th or 4th Avenues.
Make sure you get off of the subway below 96th Street. Some areas can be risky, especially at night and on your own, or if you don’t know the area.
NYC has very few homeless people compared to San Francisco or L.A. because the police are strict about loitering. Avoid contact with homeless people if you do see them: more often in Harlem and some areas of Queens and the Bronx.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Harlem.