I live on E77th street and take this short cut all the time if I'm returning to the city on Sunday. Never been bothered by anyone so far. Granted I'm 6'2" 220 but I've seen plenty of young women/old people/families with children doing the same thing. 125th St. between Park Ave. and Lexington is one of the busiest streets in Manhattan. There are half-a-dozen bus lines and tons of traffic making its way onto and off of the Triboro and Willis Ave. bridges-- not to mention a police substation within the station waiting room. It's not the most scenic part of Manhattan but you're as safe there as you are on 59th, 42nd or 34th.amm in ny wrote:Well, no place is entirely safe.Tommy Meehan wrote:What do you mean, should be?RearOfSignal wrote:Just don't make eye contact with anyone, you should be fine.
However, FWIW, for about 10 years, I used to make the trek along 125th from Lenox to the MN station several times a week, and never saw anything happen. Also went to/from the Lexington Avenue line, too. I'd guess that 125th Street is not any less safe than, say, 42nd Street.
As for not making eye contact: it's no different from anyplace else in NYC. Fleeting eye contact is OK, but you don't want to do anything that could be construed as staring, and that's true in any of the Neighborhoods (of which Harlem is one, but so is Canarsie or Howard Beach.)
Remember, the dangerous places in the city are the *empty* ones. I have two acquaintances who have been mugged in Manhattan within the past two years- one was walking down a street in the West 80s between Columbus and Amsterdam late at night; the other was in the E60s between 2nd and 1st, also late.