Ok, I am headed to NYC in late September for 1 week. Does anyone have any suggestions as to protect myself while there? I mean other than the typical common sense stuff - be very aware of surroundings, avoid potential areas, etc... Any help is appreciated. I am going to feel nekked w/o my G27!
I have a permit in NY for 34 years but cannot carry in NYC.
I never have any real worries when going there for a ball game or show or some other touristy type stuff..
Follow the basics that you already have stated, stay out of residential areas that you are not familiar with. Take cabs at night (a real cab-not some gypsy dude) and stay in populated areas.
There are always plenty of people around and if there aren't you might want to get somewhere where there is.
Things can happen in crowds as well but being among other people is just a better way to go.
Have a great time in the Big (rotten) Apple.
a short list of survival advice from a (former) punk kid from the Bronx:
carry a knife and some OC; yes, they're not entirely legal, but the worst that'll happen is a cop will just relieve you of them.
buy a Yankees hat, maybe a shirt, to blend in. if you're in queens, make it a NY Mets hat; Yankees gear will get you in trouble. and do not, for the love of G*D, wear anything that says "Boston" on it. do NOT wear a "I LOVE NY" or anything like that; it screams "tourist".
do NOT look up too much: "gosh, honey, these buildings are awfully tall..." and don't point at stuff too much.
if you carry cash, separate it: keep some in your wallet, some in your pockets, some in your shoes, etc. if possible, pay for everything with plastic. don't bother bringing a checkbook, nobody will take yours.
when riding the subway, board the car closest to the stairs to the platform. never board one car, then move to another, unless it's to avoid trouble. do not wear headphones or anything like that.
no jewelry, no jewelry, NO JEWELRY.
get the number of the closest LEO precinct, and find out where the closest hospital is.
do NOT rely on the kindness of strangers. if something happens, there will be hundreds of people who didn't see anything.
do not carry a pack, unless you really have to. no totes, no purses, no fannypacks, no backpacks. carry what you need in your pockets.
avoid closed stairwells if you can. they're as dangerous as elevators during an attack.
only eat hot dogs if they're sabrett's brand. never nathan's.
i hope this helped somewhat. like i said, i was a punk kid from NYC. the things i listed are all things that punks will look for, recognize, and jump on if they get the chance.
Okay.....take it easy......NYC is alot better than Wash DC.....I remember the Dinkins year.....
Originally Posted by jahwarrior72
Common sense....don't walk down dark alleys or through the park at midnight. Alot of cops around the tourist areas because that's politically correct and NYC wants tourists. NYC is a great city and you can be a tourist, just be alert and not a Goober.
I'm from Harlem, NYC are you serious......can someone give me some tips too :boese51:
Originally Posted by DrKyle1
i don't know anything about DC, as i've only been there once. as such, i'd never give advice about DC. i do know something about NYC, however; i was born there, i grew up there, so i feel qualified to dispense advice about NYC. the advice i gave was realistic. NYC isn't that great; he still can't carry his gun, can he? aside from the typical "pay attention, be alert" stuff everyone will repeat, i figured it would be helpful to offer some actual, specific tips.
Originally Posted by hudsonvalley
As someone who also grew up in NYC (left well over a decade ago), I'd have to agree with much of what Jah posted. Big emphasis on not looking like a tourist (or an easy mark).
One thing to take into consideration though is how much NYC has changed in the last decade. My uncle just took a business/family visit trip up there and was very surprised at how different it has become. Per him, Manhattan has lost most, if not all, of it's former grittiness - that's it's more of a tourist attraction now. I'm not advocating going somewhere as densely populated as NYC and treating it like a visit to Candyland, but it isn't as bad as it used to be. I think having your rights trampled by the NYPD in the name of homeland security is almost as likely as confronting a BG there these days.
i moved from NYC last year....one tiny bit of advice from me...
just don't look like a tourist!
Originally Posted by artificialgrey
note the emboldened sentence. i forgot this bit of important advice: avoid any interaction with the NYPD if possible. it seems they have a problem lately, with not being able to have peacable dealings with the public.
I grew up in NYC, and live north of the city today. It's really not as bad as some try to make it seem. Just dress normally and not "touristy", and enjoy the city, and have a good time!
Since there is not much you can do in the way of real protection, you will have to go with the flow. Be aware, and have fun!
Wait I was under the impression a knife was a felony charge in the city. If the meets the requirements as a "Gravity Knife" I tried to look up the meaning of a "gravity knife" and from what I understand any tactical folder or knife that can be opened one handed is a "Gravity Knife" I have only seen one type of knife that I can't open one handed. It was Rusted SHUT! and it was a very small pocket knife. Like I said this is stuff what I was told. When I went to NYC to see my brother I took my Emerson Karambit. Afterwords I was informed by a friend form NY who is very tied into the defensive stuff in NY an informed me I was committing a Felony in NY. If I had to do it again I would take a cane and walk with a limp.
Thanks for all of the advice thus far. It has been a long time since I have been there - mid to late 90's. I grew up in Philly & we used to go to the city often... I guess getting older makes me look at things differently. Back then we traveled in a group of no less than 5 guys (most 6'+ & 250) so we didn't care too much as most people left us alone.
All of the things posted earlier are true.
I worked there off and on for 30 years, pre-Rudy. He really cleaned up mid-town Manhattan but that old saying "If you're going to a place where you think you'll have to carry, don't go." applies to NYC.
jahwarrior72, what do mean by carrying an OC? what is this?:blink:
I think he was referring to OC-10, a pepper spray:
Originally Posted by MurphyTWD
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