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Tips on New York City Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

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New York City Warnings and Dangers

People around the world visit New York City to experience its culture, art, and sheer vibrancy. But while New York is very safe, there are certain warnings and dangers you should be aware of while visiting.

Subway and Taxi

The city of New York is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Many people choose to focus on Manhattan, where all of the most of the famous attractions are located. Manhattan is a large island stretching from Harlem in the north to Wall Street and Battery Park City in the south.

One of the best ways to get around is via the subway, but you need to be careful about it. Do not stand close to the edge of the platform; let the trains come inside the station and wait for the doors to open fully before you enter. The subways are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be more cautious when using the subways during the late evening and early morning hours. Look for a clerk selling metro cards, and stay near them for added safety.

Taxis abound in Manhattan and can help you get around quickly. The yellow taxis are metered and will charge you a flat fee. Avoid other cars promising cheaper fares as these are not licensed and will probably overcharge you.

Beware of Scams

Pickpockets are everywhere in New York. Beware of scams such as the overly friendly dog who distracts you while someone walks off with your purse.

Fake goods are another popular scam. You’ll find street vendors in places like Fifth Avenue and Grand Central Station. They’ll tell you they’re selling genuine Tiffany items that may seem like the real thing but aren’t. If it looks too good to be true, you can assume you’re probably better off buying it in a store rather than from someone on the street.

In Grand Central Station, be wary of well dressed people telling you they need money for a ticket home. This is another common scam.

Be More Careful in Certain Neighborhoods

Don’t be afraid to explore the entire city. However, if you’re away from the major tourist areas and venturing into neighborhoods like Harlem, you’ll want to take certain precautions. Don’t go there at night.

Know your transportation options at all times, such as where the nearest subway station is located, so you can get away quickly if needed. The same applies for places like Central Park that are best visited during the safer day hours.

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

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