Visiting New York can be very exciting. There are a lot of places for you to see, especially plenty of areas you have probably seen only in movies or photos. It is clearly an opportunity that’s not to be missed. However, there are some places you’d want to avoid going to, mainly if they’re swarming with tourists and masses of people that bump into each other.
While some of the areas that we will be talking about in the following paragraphs might be on your list of places to see, you’d better listen to our recommendations and visit them at the right times of the day or of the year.
Without any further ado, let’s get straight into the places where you wouldn’t want to go while traveling through the Big Apple.
Everybody’s heard of SoHo at least once in their lifetime. It is considered the shopping Mecca of New York and could provide you with plenty of things to see. But there are still some dangers and disadvantages that you expose yourself to when visiting this part of Manhattan.
First of all, the alleys of this neighborhood are usually home to muggers that will definitely try to rob you as soon as the sun sets down. Therefore, it’s best to avoid this area as the night settles in.
On the other hand, most people have recommended places like the Lower East Side and Williamsburg if you are looking for a better shopping experience. This is because SoHo can offer you only mainstream accessories and clothing, which some of us are trying to avoid.
You may fancy tasting some of the Italian cuisine you’ve heard so much about, but the good days of Little Italy are long gone. Now, the only type of food you can find here is one that’s overpriced and not satisfying at all.
Luckily for you, New York has two Little Italies, so you can visit the one on the Arthur Avenue of the Bronx.
We know, this is one of the locations you wanted very much to see, but not all hope is gone. The main disadvantage when reaching Times Square are the enormous tourist crowds that fill this area entirely. In such a crowded place it’s likely that you get pickpocketed and left without any money to buy souvenirs – which are as overpriced as the food in Little Italy.
However, if you really want to get a shot of Times Square, you should plan on visiting on an early weekday, when the crowds are not as big as during the rest of the week. And, of course, keep your possessions close to you to avoid any unpleasant scenarios.
Also, if you happen to have children with you, you should consider equipping them with a GPS kid tracker as they might get lost easily in the tourist crowds. The last thing you want to happen is to lose your child among the people of Times Square.
Any lesser-known neighborhoods
Life in New York is safe in general – it is deemed as one of the safest cities in the States. Still, that doesn’t mean you should wander around and get into every shady alley or neighborhood you might find. The central parts of the city are always safe, but straying off the beaten path will lead you to danger.
There’s the risk of you encountering muggers and getting robbed if you travel to any lesser-known neighborhoods, so it’s better you stay in the areas that are recommended for tourists. Moreover, you should avoid traveling after dawn, especially in parks – yes, even in Central Park. These areas may get filled fast with all sorts of suspicious people that might take their chance and try to rob you.