Safety and Survival Guide, New York City
Whether you are living in New York or just visiting, street smarts will definitely help you feel more at home.
Finding a Bathroom:
First things first. If you have to go to the bathroom, try a Barnes & Nobles, or a Starbuck's Coffee. Both usually have reasonably clean bathrooms, but your mileage may vary. At Starbuck's you'll need to ask for a key, maybe even buy something.
Avoid empty subway cars
ride with many people or in the conductor's car (usually the middle car of the train).
Never display large amounts of cash out in the open
Don't keep your wallet in the back pocket of your pants or in a backpack
Moving the wallet to the front pocket of your pants will reduce your chance of being pick-pocketed.
Be aware of your wallet or purse in commotions
Pick pockets often use helpers to create a disturbance nearby.
Telephone information from a payphone is free
Simply dial 555-1212 on any pay phone and ask for the number of the business or person you are looking for. You don't need to put in any change.