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New York NY: Times Square: Avoid Many December Dangers There PDF Print E-mail

During holiday season and the traditional New Year’s Eve ceremony, this city landmark is more popular for wandering tourists. However, before you put it on your itinerary during a Manhattan visit this month, consider some not so nice facts about it.

During the day, Times Square is full of money-grabbing con artists and phony costumed characters. As you walk by, they hound you for money, especially if you pause for a moment to watch their scam routines. Or worse, if you dare to point a camera or smartphone at any of them without handing out money.

At night, Times Square can be dangerous, especially for physically vulnerable seniors. While NYC police do their best to make the area safe, they can’t be everywhere. Pickpockets, phone swiping, soliciting and other street crimes abound, especially if you wander into dimly lit areas.  

As for Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the midnight ball drop, concerns for elderly visitors are intensified. Besides the usual petty crimes, tight crowding and actions of celebrants make it dangerous to physically challenged seniors. So, if you'll be in Times Square during the holiday season and/or during New Year’s Eve activities, watch your step, as well as wallet, pocketbook, smartphone and personal safety.

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