Try the Edgier East Village or Lower East Side
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Some Canadians believe New York City is safe as can be, urging their fellow citizens to check out the edgier East Village/Lower East Side. Take a look at this laughable Q&A from Canada.com:
Q. Our daughter, 18, would like to travel to New York City with a friend or two (plus us, her parents) to have a mini-shopping spree, see some shows and maybe wander around by themselves. I am concerned about the wandering around by themselves part. Any suggestions as to where to shop and whether it’s safe for 18-year-olds to be on their own for a few hours?
A. Law and Order episodes notwithstanding, you can put your mind to rest. New York consistently ranks among America’s safest large cities, according to FBI statistics.
So let the kids explore on their own. They should be fine as long as they follow basic big-city precautions: Don’t flaunt jewelry or cash; be alert in crowds and on subways; and have a basic sense of where they’re going (check the map BEFORE leaving the hotel).
Your hotel concierge can help with subway and walking routes.
But on to the really important question: Where to shop.
For the best indie boutiques, the girls should start in the SoHo and NoLita neighbourhoods; for edgier options, try the East Village or the Lower East Side.