Safety? Depends entirely on time of day and location, whether above ground or below. That said, things are much better than they were decades ago.
Which locations are safe, at least until about dark-thirty? (Reasonably safe for three "mature" ladies?) Thanks!
On another, related note:
New York doesn't compare itself to Chicago. It compares itself to London, Paris, Tokyo, etc. Which to be fair are three more cities that also sleep. If I had to pick a city that did the least amount of sleeping I'd probably choose Las Vegas or Manila over New York, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement.
In terms of world cities, I agree with you. However, many if not most Americans who are visiting New York for the first time have not visited comparable cities in other countries.
I'm in the definite minority on this. I've visited several major US cities coast to coast, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, and have trips planned to the Holy Land and to Maine. But I've never been near NYC, not even for a connecting flight! (Closest was probably on the CL on a trip from DC to Chicago--not close.) This is just plain un-American, so I need to get to NYC before I kick the bucket, LOL.
Therefore, advice on safe locations is much appreciated!
Thanks for the informative thread, OP, and enjoy your trip.