Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

safe area in New York for solo female traveller to stay

safe area in New York for solo female traveller to stay

Old Feb 8th, 2007, 07:35 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 62
safe area in New York for solo female traveller to stay

I'm in the process of joining a home exchange agency, & am hoping my first exchange will be to NYC. There are so many homes on the site, many in the Manhatten area. Is this generally a good area to stay, or is there another part of town you would recommend for a lone woman? I have heard Greenwich Village & Soho are interesting too. I need to be somewhere pretty central, as at the moment can't walk great distances. I'm so excited as I've wanted to visit New York for many years, but it does seem rather daunting, as it's such a huge place. Any & all advice very welcome, many thanks.
liverbird is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2007, 07:44 AM
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 10,205
NYC is particularly daunting if you can't walk because that's the best way to get around. But you'll be perfectly safe in most neighborhoods on the UWS, in Midtown (east of 9th Avenue and west of 2nd Avenue), in the Village, and in Chelsea. I'd suggest you steer clear of the financial district (transportation options in Battery Park city, where most apartments are, isn't so good), and the Lower East Side/East Village (bad mass transit means more walking). I guess you could get an apartment on the Upper East Side, but it's a particularly isolated part of town, though very upscale in most parts; if you get an apt. here, make sure you are west of 2nd Avenue, and you should have reasonbly good access to transit. I don't think Soho or Tribeca are particularly user-friendly parts of town, so I don't recommend them either.
doug_stallings is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2007, 07:49 AM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 4,181
The Upper East Side or Upper West Side sound best for you.

(From a safety standpoint, all of Manhattan is "safe.")

Gekko is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2007, 09:30 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 153
As someone that lives in Brooklyn, my thoughts on the matter is that most of manhattan is "safe." I've never had any problems - the city's cleaned up quite a bit in the past couple of years.

Such being said, if you have issues getting around, maybe consider the Union Square area? Is centrally located and there are tons of subway stations close.
travelbug18 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
First - please get a map of New York - so you'll have an idea of what you're looking at/talking about.

New York City is a series of islands. Manhattan is the one that people refer to as The City - with most of the major businesses, shops and tourist attrctions. It also has a bunch of residential areas - including Greenwich Village, SoHo and at least a dozen others.

Most residential areas in Manhattan are perfectly safe - but there are a couple that are still in the process of being gentrified.

There are also areas outside Manhattan - in Brooklyn, Queens and even the Bronx, that are fine residential areas and from which you could commute to Manhattan.

As for being central- New York City is HUGE - and no matter where you stay you will have to take the subway or buses most places. (Just the major tourist area of Manhattan is more than 8 miles long, plus islands in the harbor.) And it's quite unlikely that you will be offred an exchange in the tourist areas - since they are not primarily residential.

So - you need to find out about public transit as the key to convenience.

Separately - New York City is probably the most popular location at most home exchange agencies. You don;t say where you're from - but unless you have something to exchange in a major resort area, a major tourist destination (San Fran, LA, SanDiego) or europe - your chances of an exchange to NYC are limited.

Plesae look at the exchanges for which you would quality - then come back with specific locations and people can tell you more about them. But don;t assume you will be able to get an NYC exchange without an equivalent location to offer.
nytraveler is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2007, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Sorry - didn;t mean to sound discouraging. But neighbors of mine does thhis exchange thing. And has been trying to exchange a great apartemtn in NYC for the equivalent in London for 8 years - and hasn;t been able to yet. (Timing off, or people wanting something specific or bad vibes from the exchanger.)

The have done some great exchanges (one near Santa Barbara, one in France and one in Rome) but it can take quite a while to get something very specific.
nytraveler is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2007, 04:46 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 62
Thank you all for your advice,it's really helpful & has put my mind at rest.
nytraveler, i don't think you're being discouraging at all, we have to be realistic with house swapping, so i appreciate your comments. I live in the centre of Edinburgh, which seems very popular with tourists, so here's hoping!
liverbird is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Apr 26th, 2018 06:40 PM
United States
Aug 16th, 2010 09:09 AM
United States
Aug 25th, 2009 05:16 PM
United States
Jun 30th, 2009 12:24 PM
United States
May 6th, 2003 10:15 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information