New York City’s eight million people make it the super metroplex of the United States. It is very diverse and is one of the most culturally significant cities in America as far as art, theater, museums, restaurants and financial importance. Traveling in this great city may seem a bit overwhelming for women at first, but as long as you know where you are going you shouldn’t have too many problems.
New York City is divided into five boroughs with Manhattan holding most of the skyscrapers, premier shopping districts, glitzy restaurants, museums and Broadway theaters. While there are many of other fantastic places to visit around New York City, you will probably stay in Manhattan for the most part.
Although there is little possibility of having violent crime happen to you in New York City there are still some basic precautions to take. Carry as little cash as possible since a vast majority of merchants will utilize plastic. The only major thing that I can think of that you may need cash for would be if you eat through one of New York’s many street food vendors. All cabs in New York City are required by law to have credit/debit card meters and you can pay for mass transit using their electronic MetroCard system.
There are many places to visit that are off the beaten path in New York City with many little restaurants, neighborhoods, and quaint little places to see. The best thing I can suggest is to do your research before you go. There are many blog sites and forums that can explain what neighborhoods in New York City to avoid. As with any large city, if you are unfamiliar with certain areas then it is best to avoid them after dark.
You should have little problem with many of the tourist places of New York City. Make sure you know how to navigate the city and study maps and transit stops before you go. Central Park is a wonderful place to go if you want a little slice of the outdoors while you are in the city. Central Park is so large they have gourmet restaurants on the park’s lake. Central Park is like a miniature forest with paths, and as with any outdoor area I would avoid going in there after dark. I don’t believe crime in Central Park is a problem after dark, it is just that there is less lighting and people unfamiliar with the territory should avoid it.
Make sure you have plenty of money with whatever forms of payment you wish to use. New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to visit but it is also one of the most developed and people-friendly. The phrase “you get what you pay for” rings true in New York City as just about everything in the city is bigger and better.