Solo female traveller in NY City
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Aug 9, 2013 6:01 AM Last Post By: nrclibn
Mar 8, 2012 11:43 AM
Solo female traveller in NY CityHello fellow travellers!!!
I've always wanted to visit NY City and a few months ago, my friend suggested we take off for an extended weekend.
Since I'm unable to do a big month-long solo trip this year, I decided to go for the New York jaunt.
However, since booking our flight, my friend is now unable to go which for me changes quite a bit.
I will now have to find my own accommodation and I will be alone in the Big Apple.
I just have some general questions:
Firstly, I know there have been numerous posts about accommodation in NY City but I don't know where to start. Could someone recommend a safe-ish area (or are all of the areas generally pretty safe?) to stay and at a relatively low cost (I'd say around the $100.00 mark) I know this is very low for NY City & that's why I am asking.
Next, how safe is it to get around via subway during the days and evenings? I plan to see the usual: galleries, Empire State bldg, Statue of Liberty et al.
I would also like to take in some nightlife but now that I'm on my own, I'm wondering if that's such a good idea.
Is walking in Central Park safe during the day, early evening?
Could someone recommend some neat little cafes and restaurants? I love to explore and would be willing to go off the beaten path but of course, safety is a concern.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks much in advance!
Mar 8, 2012 12:58 PM
1NYC is a huge cosmopolitan city, there is endless options for cafes, bars and nightlife. You can stay anywhere in the city of Manhattan below 90Th street and its fine, most the young folks and late night happenings are below 14th st, or in Brooklyn like Williamsburg. Midtown manhattan is ideal for a central base, anywhere from 60th to 34ths st, 7th ave to Park. 5th Ave and 6th/Broadway are the main arteries/transit is underneath or nearby.
Trains and busses are fine to use in almost all of the city before 10-11pm, then some lines can be a tad dodgy if desolate after midnight, taxi is best. You can walk almost everywhere, and Central Park is fine until evening. Walking alone as a female has its risk everywhere.
Get a TimeOut NYC for the latest goings on, galleries, plays, shows, new eateries etc.
LP has a city guide, as well as many other publishers. You might look into Couchsurfers for a female share place, and maybe have someone to show you around too..
Mar 8, 2012 1:31 PM
2NYC crime map (as of 2008): http://nymag.com/news/features/crime/2008/42608/ Use the ".pdf" link beneath the map for a clearer view. Crime rates nationally are now about where the were as of this 2008 article (they didn't go up much with the recession, which surprised a lot of criminologists), and I assume that's true for NYC too. So, for example, 6-12 rapes (presumably not limited to stranger-rapes) for the covered 51-week period in each of the Village police precincts. Each unforgivable, of course, but considering that more than 70,000 people live in Greenwich Village, no reason to stay away. Note the higher-crime precincts, but they're mostly not ones a tourist is likely to have a reason to visit anyway.
Mar 8, 2012 2:21 PM
Mar 8, 2012 4:42 PM
4I find that the subway only feels desolate as you come to the end of the line in Brooklyn or Queens at around 2am. Otherwise, you'll always have company. A stop like West 4th can be packed at midnight. If you feel nervous, choose a car in the middle of the train. And many stations have designated waiting areas.
Central Park is full of people. Even once the sun sets, the avenues going through the park or the lit streets inside feel fine. At night, I would worry more about the rats and not the people.
Mar 8, 2012 5:11 PM
Mar 8, 2012 5:45 PM
6You won't get a hotel room for $100. Take a look at the Comfort Inn on Ludlow Street which is a typical cheap NY hotel at around $240. You can walk to Katz' too. Woohoo !
There are plenty of dorms in regular hotels for $40 - $50. e.g. the Gershwin Hotel on E27th charges around $50.
Mar 8, 2012 6:18 PM
Mar 8, 2012 7:30 PM
8So I followed your tip and searched for rooms on Hotwire. $100 rooms in Hoboken? - sure . . . . . $100 rooms in Newark? - no problem . . . . . . $100 hotel rooms in Manhattan? - the pickens are slim. At $150 before tax the options expand.
Anyone headed for Manhattan really must factor in hotel taxes too. At roughly 15% they are too high to ignore.
Mar 9, 2012 12:47 PM
Mar 12, 2012 8:38 PM
A heartfelt 'thank-you' to everyone who responded!!
I now have a hotel booked (!), some new activities planned and I feel so MUCH MORE confident that yes, I am going to have a great time by myself.
Of course, a good healthy dose of common sense is a must when travelling alone but all of the information truly is invaluable.
I am really excited!!!!
I hope I may reciprocate one day :)
Mar 14, 2012 4:52 PM
11The NYC subway is brilliant and runs 24/7. As with subway systems the world over, stations are a magnet for street musicians, homeless people and other assorted weirdos but New York is not more dangerous in this than Berlin, Glasgow or Amsterdam. As noted before, act natural and don't do stupid things (keep your iPhone in your pocket when you go through the South Bronx)
As New York is so busy 24/7, you're never alone in the street, especially in Manhattan so it's actually quite safe because there's always a crowd. Again, keep your eyes open, as you would in any big city.
It is impossible to run out of things to do in New York. If there's no obvious thing to do, just hop on any subway and get off at a random station and walk around for 5 minutes and you're sure to run into something interesting.
Nightlife is fantastic, especially in the East Village, where you will find many (MANY) bars and eateries that are open til the cows come home.
Enjoy your trip !
Mar 15, 2012 12:30 PM
12www.mta.info is the MTA website with information on schedules (which aren't always accurate but close), maps and service advisories for system outages.
Right now they're doing maintenance so some lines could be out during weekday evenings and weekends at times you wouldn't expect them to.
I've taken the subway at most times of the day and night and only felt unsafe once, during a morning commute when some guy with a hardon decided to follow me around a subway until I yelled at him to leave me alone. That was over 25 years ago.
Aug 8, 2013 11:51 PM
13Hi, I came across your post as I am travelling ot the NYC alone this year, also a female.
Can I ask of any tips/tricks? and where did you stay?
I am very excited but also a little nervous! I arrive on Boxing Day for a week thne head over to LA/San Fran for a few more weeks.
Ayn help would be much appreciated.
Aug 9, 2013 6:01 AM
14Kim, you're best off starting a new thread. Include your planned lodging budget--preferably in US$. And you'll have to specify "tips/tricks." I'm a woman and honestly I can't tell if you want to find the cheapest tampons in the city, maximize your chances of a hook-up with a visiting Chilean sailor, get a manicure, rent a lapdog, find a store full of Hello Kitty merchandise...or something else.
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