Times Square Drug use

Old Aug 16th, 2020, 07:31 AM
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I’ve been going and staying in/near Times Square for the past 5 years or so but canceled this year due to COVID. I did not notice anything resembling a drug den. I also wasn’t looking out for one either. To me it reminds me of a boardwalk late at night as some shady characters come out then so I don’t walk around there after a certain time. I should be sleeping anyway.

I honestly couldn’t find anything on this expect that one article that showed that one lady. One person to me doesn’t mean every single person is injecting something illicit. Does it happen? Sure but I wouldn’t classify a place based on just that.
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Old Aug 16th, 2020, 08:16 AM
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My guess is -- because there are so few tourists and almost no day to day 'regular' office goers/commerce/patrons that right now there IS a lot more overt shady activity. Not many people out and about so 'bums and junkies' will seem more prevalent
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Old Aug 21st, 2020, 09:58 AM
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Just went in October 2019 - didn't see anything like that.
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Old Aug 21st, 2020, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by ambermiller9799 View Post
Just went in October 2019 - didn't see anything like that.
Probably not, but Oct '19 was several months before all the tourists went away, the restaurants closed, and 'regular people' got locked down in their homes.
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by stoweflake View Post
Disney? Not sure what you mean?
stowflake - Times Square was "Disney-fied" years ago, when Disney moved a large retail store in there, and "cleaned it up" - cleared out the hookers and the nudie bars. though I am no fan of either, at least it was real, unlike Disney, which was the reflexive reaction from myself and other New Yorkers at the time..(Note: Also, used to be pretty safe to walk uptown, because of the police foot patrol presence). I am guessing that was what the poster was referring to.

If you said Washington Square Park after dark, I might think there was merit. But Times Square is way too high traffic with tourists, with the banned selfie sticks, and the relocated TKTS booth for Broadway tickets, IMO.
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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 10:01 AM
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"If you said Washington Square Park after dark, I might think there was merit. But Times Square is way too high traffic with tourists, with the banned selfie sticks, and the relocated TKTS booth for Broadway tickets, IMO."

But currently there are no tourists, TKTS is closed . . . and for sure no one is checking for selfie sticks . . .
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 06:23 AM
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There’s no reason to go to Times Square.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jubilada View Post
There’s no reason to go to Times Square.
But people have "lists." I work in Beverly Hills and can never understand why tourists are drawn to walk up and down Rodeo Drive other than to say been there, done that.
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Old Sep 4th, 2020, 08:17 AM
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I suppose people go to look at the billboards, just like they did back in the '50s. One of my few distinct memories of NYC as a young child is the smoking Camel sign.
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Old Sep 6th, 2020, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by jubilada View Post
There’s no reason to go to Times Square.
Saying that is like saying "There is no reason to go anywhere". What a silly statement make on a travel website. I am so glad not everyone likes the same things. If the OP doesn't want to go because they are afraid then don't go. I am different and would still go, I love touristy things and especially to check it out myself. I don't always listen to others and again the OP can leave after a minute of looking around and judging for them self.
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Old Sep 21st, 2020, 05:33 PM
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That is ridiculous. I live a few minutes walk from there and that is anything but the case. I usually try to avoid Times Square because it is so awful (complete agree with the "Disney" comment of the other poster!) but now it is much calmer and more appealing.

NYC is open to visitors and your hotel will be very cheap! The only thing not open is the theater but museums, Bronx Zoo, Macy's, Empire State building, Top of the Rock etc. Just make sure to quarantine if you come from certain states.
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Old Sep 21st, 2020, 09:41 PM
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We have been to Times Square several times, always enjoyed it.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2020, 03:24 PM
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This thread is really a little alarmist. There are drug users everywhere and the last thing most want to do is to alert the police to their activities. I have friends who live in the area just west of Times Square and a couple of them just scoffed at the idea of drug users preying on unsuspecting tourists. I happen to patronize a bakery just to the west and walk in that area a fair amount. Sleazy, perhaps, but dangerous......I don't think so. I have never seen anyone shooting up on the street in Manhattan (in a few European cities, yes, but so what....look the other way). If one is that afraid of coming to NYC, I would advise staying home.
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Old Sep 24th, 2020, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by stoweflake View Post
A friend of mine told me she heard that Times Square is turning into a drug den with people openly shooting up. I can't find anything on this except for Fox and the New York Post
(which I don't trust to say the least) . If anyone is in New York, I'd like to know their take on this.
I live in Manhattan, and can tell you that it's not nearly as bad as the media makes it out to be.
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Old Sep 26th, 2020, 10:08 AM
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Tony--yes!

Janis--you paint a picture of midtown that is far from accurate. Would a big ticket food purveyor open a flagship in that area is things were as dire as you seem to think?????

https://www.krispykreme.com/timessquare

Why not visit someday and see what you think and only after that visit, write your thoughts and comments.
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