Also a long term part time NYC'er here and I agree we get a bad rap from a lot of tourists. People really believe it's dangerous and you got a good chance of being mugged here. The truth is the city is much better nowadays then it used to be, and I credit a lot of that to Disney and some of the former mayors . 42nd street is now for the most part family friendly, it used to be the dark side of town. But if you wander into questionable areas, I suppose a tourist could get burned by some bad guys or gals. And I agree with Katie Mae, my dealings with the police have almost always been positive. I've never had a problem, but I've never been on the wrong side of a gun either nor was I ever set up like a bowling pin and put in the back of the paddy wagon.
A few rambles ...
$90 for hotel room? Where is that, sounds way too cheap unless it's a shared room and or bathroom or a questionable area. I may be wrong, but a decent place is more like $200 + in April (yes you can find cheaper, but $200 is pretty cheap I think).
Guitar George, I think the city makes money arresting people and collecting fines. They certainly collect a lot of money in parking fines and other tickets. Lots of people never pay the fines, but that's made up by the people who do pay, and they pay dearly. It's almost funny, almost every UPS, Fed Ex and other truck making deliveries (like fresh direct) gets a parking ticket every time they stop.
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