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Is it safe and convenient to stay in Queens Plaza area?

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I am in the process of planning my trip to New York in March. I have already booked the airline ticket, and am now trying to find a reasonably priced hotel. I have seen a couple in the Queens Plaza area that seem ok. There is a subway station there, and looks close to Manhattan. As I will be out riding around all day, I just want to know if it is a safe area at night to walk around. :)

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It's okay during the day, but I wouldn't walk around much around night.

 

Thanks, I will look at other areas, maybe Manhattan is best.

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Queens Plaza is decent, you don't really here no problems out there often. However i would suggest a hotel in Brooklyn like MattTrain said. However if you can't, Queens Plaza is fine.

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Nothing really wrong with the Queens Plaza area. Manhattan is only a quick subway ride away.

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Try a place in the suburbs thats within easy reach to the city, you'll find cheaper hotels and safer areas.

 

When I was in San Francisco we had a hotel in nearby Daly City and we would take bart to Downtown SF.

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Queens Plaza is decent, you don't really here no problems out there often. However i would suggest a hotel in Brooklyn like MattTrain said. However if you can't, Queens Plaza is fine.

 

 

Truth is if he stays close to the subway station area i.e Queensboro/Queens Plaza area he should be ok. It's about the area around Queensboro housing projects and also by the east river waterfront area by Vernon Blvd at late night that has repution for *cough cough* call girls/escorts(not sure for term of prostitution in britian).

 

In last couple of years though, that area by the LIC waterfront (under the queensboro bridge)where queens plaza is, has gotten gentified and crime went down.

 

And as other suggested, Manhattan is very expensive and lucky you can find a hotel room for less than $100 a night. Some other suggestion within NYC to stay include.

 

1)JFK Airport area

2)LGA Airport area and also Flushing/Elmhurst area of Queens.

3)Downtown Brooklyn.

 

For nearby New Jersey and Long Island suburus .

 

1)Jersey City (near Path train a seperate agency from the (MTA))

2)Meadowlands area/Near the Met Life/Giants Stadium American Football Stadium.

3)Old County Road in Long Island near the LIRR "Main Line."

4)Sunrise Highway between Queens and end of Nassau County.

 

Just my thoughts and suggestions.

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3)Old County Road in Long Island near the LIRR "Main Line."

4)Sunrise Highway between Queens and end of Nassau County.

 

 

 

Theres not many hotels in both spots, the hotels on Sunrise Highway/Conduit Blvd are those horrible JFK Airport hotels that look like the kinda place you will wake up with wierd rashes and bug bites after sleeping there.

 

Come to think of it I dont know of any hotels on Long Island that are walking distance to the LIRR, the only one comes to mind is the Great Neck Hotel but that ones gunna be expensive. After some research, I found that there is a Hampton Inn and a Best Western in Rockville Center near the train station. The Hampton is a block further out, but I would recomend the Hampton Inn over the Best Western. I stayed in a Best Western in California that was horrible.

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Thanks people. I have started looking in Brooklyn around the Brooklyn Bridge area. It will be handy for Manhattan. Even though I arrive at EWR, there doesn't seem to be many hotels , apart from airport and other expensive places. I checked some of the motels in the Newark area, they seem to be a long way from transit links, which I guess you would expect for a motel, being designed primarily for motorists :P

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A motel in Newark would be ideal...if you're looking for the 15 minute quickie special.

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A motel in Newark would be ideal...if you're looking for the 15 minute quickie special.

 

 

LOL, oh so very true! :D

 

In response to OP, well, the Queens Plaza area is definitely safer then it was in the '90's, and even safer then it was 5, 7, years ago. However, as GojiMet and Shortline alluded to, the area around Queens Plaza Proper (which would be roughly around the Queensboro Plaza (N)(Q)(7) and Queens Plaza (E)(M)(R) Stations) can still be sketchy at night, so if you do decide to stay there, make sure you have your wits around you at night (which also applies to any area of NYC - b/c after all, although we might be the "safest" big city in 'Merica, you still need your street smarts, esp. at night).

 

But, as Joe said earlier, there is nothing terribly wrong w/ Queens Plaza - Manhattan is only a quick subway ride away.

 

Since you are arriving from EWR (and I'll go on a limb here and say you are departing from EWR as well), and keeping in mind that you want to avoid Manhattan, try to find hotels that are close to routes that will take you to and from EWR - like the (A)(C)(E) or (1)(2)(3) (if you want to take 'em to either Penn for NJT to Newark, and then xfer to AirTrain Newark). Or stay close to lines that offer quick transfers to said lines.

 

LIC and Downtown Brooklyn are good areas, you might find a good deal there for hotel stay. Other places I suggest are Greenpoint/W'burg, Astoria, Harlem/Moringside Heights (for b&b)....

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Jersey City , Weehawken , Downtown Brooklyn , and Downtown Newark are all cheap and safe areas and all connected 24/7 to NYC/Manhattan and Airports....via Rail and bus...

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I have finally booked a place in Brooklyn close to the " Prospect Park " subway station. I seems to be a nice quiet area. Thank you all for your suggestions.

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Sounds like a good choice.

 

Queens Plaza on a weekday is packed, but at night and on the weekends it's completely empty. Now, I don't usually mind it that much, but I was there the other night and I was definitely getting some bad vibes, sure enough this dude pulls a gun in a shop nearby and a thousand cops race up out of nowhere. Not ideal for tourism, I'll put it that way. You've found a better spot!

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No that place be crazy! Dudes get shot up/ robbed/ stabbed 24/7 over there. Go to a nice, cozy Manhattan hotel if you want safety.

 

 

At night time that true especially in the QB housing projects and Vernon Blvd by the east river. However weekdays from times i been at QP in past decade, it seems safe. With that said, i agree for his first visit to nyc, queens plaza/LIC might not be be a great choice.

 

And Dan how do we know this young man can afford the $100 plus a night manhattan hotel rates?

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Queensbridge Projects always seem pretty tame to me, I'm there a lot. Never really felt like I was in a bad spot, but then again I've never been there after 2am so who knows. [General rule of thumb is that stuff goes down everywhere in the city after 2, but that's another matter...]

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Just to let you know, hotels in Jackson Heights aren't that bad... Jackson Heights is safe and secured, as long as you stay out of Roosevelt Av and Elmhurst. try being very close to northern blvd theres alot of cops checking around and theres a police station (its not jail, just the office). Queensboro Plaza is safe ONLY during the day, might as well stay in the Queensboro Plaza hotel at early night. I did heard gunshots before, but i was few blocks away from it, no murderers just a guys shooting testings place. So think about it! I do live in Jackson Heights. So i can tour u around the neighborhood.  ^_^

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You was probably hearing the gunshots from QueensBridge projects or the other projects ajacent to Queensbridge. otherwise as Queens Plaza is in the vicinity of LIC I imagine it is safe. Just be streetsmart about it and know where the crime ridden areas are. (The areas surrounding the 21st Queensbridge stop on the (F) is where the ghetto starts)

 

Personally I used to work very close to the project area, never had problems there. In fact i can remember when I was cutting class in HS - never had beef there.

 

@ Aussieinuk Check out citydata.com and see what the comments are on this area then decide if that area of Queens fits your neighboorhood preferences. My two cents.

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Just to let you know, hotels in Jackson Heights aren't that bad... Jackson Heights is safe and secured, as long as you stay out of Roosevelt Av and Elmhurst. try being very close to northern blvd theres alot of cops checking around and theres a police station (its not jail, just the office). Queensboro Plaza is safe ONLY during the day, might as well stay in the Queensboro Plaza hotel at early night. I did heard gunshots before, but i was few blocks away from it, no murderers just a guys shooting testings place. So think about it! I do live in Jackson Heights. So i can tour u around the neighborhood.   ^_^

Thanks for the suggestion.I have already booked a place in Brooklyn, but I would be keen to meet up, you could ' show me the ropes'. PM me for more details.

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Thanks for the suggestion.I have already booked a place in Brooklyn, but I would be keen to meet up, you could ' show me the ropes'. PM me for more details.

 

I'd be happy to show you around Jackson Heights and Corona - I live around there, and I'll be happy to show you around the (7)<7>...

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You was probably hearing the gunshots from QueensBridge projects or the other projects ajacent to Queensbridge. otherwise as Queens Plaza is in the vicinity of LIC I imagine it is safe. Just be streetsmart about it and know where the crime ridden areas are. (The areas surrounding the 21st Queensbridge stop on the (F) is where the ghetto starts)

 

Personally I used to work very close to the project area, never had problems there. In fact i can remember when I was cutting class in HS - never had beef there.

 

@ Aussieinuk Check out citydata.com and see what the comments are on this area then decide if that area of Queens fits your neighboorhood preferences. My two cents.

 

Famous last words maybe, but the QB projects seem like some of the most tame in the city to me. Not gonna lie, there're some where I'm checking over my shoulder every second walking through, but Queensbridge isn't one of them...

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