Safe to walk around NYC with DSLR camera at night?

1 month 3 weeks ago #657140 by Paulina K
I'll be up in NYC for work next week and I'll be there for 9 days.   Some of the shots that I have seen that I want, were taken of the city at night.  

I'll be up there alone, so wanted to check first if it's safe for a woman to walk around with a DSLR alone at night? 


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657142 by garyrhook

Paulina K wrote: I'll be up in NYC for work next week and I'll be there for 9 days.   Some of the shots that I have seen that I want, were taken of the city at night.  

I'll be up there alone, so wanted to check first if it's safe for a woman to walk around with a DSLR alone at night? 


Is it safe for anyone to walk around alone anywhere at night?

I'd pay attention to how many people are about. If where you want to go is busy, then you have less chance of drawing attention, me thinks. I made several trips, younger, and walked blocks by myself when few people were out, in mid-town. I think much depends upon where in the city you are.


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657150 by Paulina K
Thank you, all noted.  

What about Central Park?


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657159 by garyrhook

Paulina K wrote: Thank you, all noted.  

What about Central Park?


I wouldn't, not at night. Daytime, sure.


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657166 by Paulina K

garyrhook wrote:

Paulina K wrote: Thank you, all noted.  

What about Central Park?


I wouldn't, not at night. Daytime, sure.



Thank you, I appreciate your thoughts on this! 


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657170 by effron
", so wanted to check first if it's safe for a woman to walk around with a DSLR alone at night? "

No.

Why so serious?
This person is a posting maniac and deserves a #1 badge!Top Poster
No one kicks up there feet next to the water cooler better than this person.  Top poster - LoungeLounge Guru
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657216 by CharleyL
Take a couple of big tough looking guys with you and you should be fine. As an old man, I wouldn't even attempt it myself. Less danger in the brightly lit and crowded areas, but it can be a pretty rough place in the dark, especially when carrying a big expensive camera.

Charley 


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 3 weeks ago #657222 by KenMan
Stay with the crowds of people and you will be fine


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #657232 by Finn
+1 stay around crowds 


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #657309 by Troponin
In the more “touristy” areas, I found evening/nighttime to be safer than day time. 


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #657315 by BlurredLines
Hi Paulina,

Not sure if this would work for you but any time I have one of my better cameras or camcorders out in an area I'm not familiar with I have it on a very sturdy lanyard that I either wear around my neck or wrist.

If you're in a crowd or near others, it seems a potential thief would wait until an opportune moment then try to snatch the camera and disappear into the crowd as fast as possible.

A strong, secure lanyard could maybe thwart that.  Just a thought.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #657365 by Prago
Completely OK if you use common sense. Stay where others are, and you'll be just fine.

SWM into chainsaws and hockey masks seeks like-minded SWF. No weirdos, please
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #657478 by Peter Nunez
IMO, NYC is a safe city when you stay in populated areas.  However like any other city out there, when you get off into the shadows and away from the crowds, risk increases.  So stay where people are at and just be smart and hold onto your gear.  


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #658648 by A-Perez
I lived in the Bronx.
I had my phone robbed by a knife wielding man and fled a guy trying to rob me on a different occasion.

You may be safe only in lower or Midtown Manhattan.
Don't show your camera north of 96th street.


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 1 week ago #658683 by Sharna Lee
Good advice.  It's a city, like any other, there are good and bad, do and don'ts.  Honestly I wouldn't go in any area where there aren't large numbers of people.  Even still carry your gear close.  


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

802.3K

205K

1.62M

  • Facebook

    802,251 / Likes

  • Twitter

    205,000 / Followers

  • Google+

    1,620,816 / Followers

Latest Reviews

The Sony a9 might be a couple of years old now, but as we demonstrate in this Sony a9 review, it is still one of the best cameras in its class, particularly when it comes to its autofocus capabilities.

Oct 08, 2019

The Canon EOS M200 is coming soon, and if you're interested in upgrading from your phone to a traditional camera, this one might just be for you.

Oct 02, 2019

In this Canon EOS 6D Mark II review, learn about this camera's essential specs, features, and pros and cons so you can determine if it's the right camera for you.

Sep 27, 2019

In this iMovR Lander Lite desk review, learn about the build quality, features, durability, and technology that make it one of the best standing desks on the market today.

Sep 27, 2019

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

Photo by American Airlines Airports in the United States are getting new CT scanners that are supposed to make the process of running through TSA really...

Oct 22, 2019

Camera gear insurance is a must-have if you're a professional photographer. But what do all the terms mean? What kinds of policies are available? Who and what can be covered? Find out in this photography insurance primer!

Oct 22, 2019

Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič - @specialdaddy on Unsplash In an era where Nest security cameras are constantly being barraged by...

Oct 19, 2019

With these photography tips, you'll be able to advance your abilities beyond beginner level and start to develop a workflow that results in better photos.

Oct 17, 2019

With these essential street photography tips, you'll learn some essential guidelines for making your street photography outings a success.

Oct 17, 2019

Photo by Diana Măceşanu on Unsplash Steve Fines is used to using his drone to capture gorgeous aerial photos. But, when a...

Oct 17, 2019

I've had the Haida M10 filter system for about a week now, and first impressions are that it is a high-quality, well-built kit that could very well become my go-to filter kit.

Oct 16, 2019

Shooting your very first wedding? Minimize the stress and maximize your preparedness with these essential wedding photography tips for amateurs.

Oct 16, 2019