Overall, New York City is a fairly safe city for those traveling alone. It may have a reputation for crime, of all kinds, but New York is almost as safe as any other major city in the Western world. That means that while some areas may be more dangerous at night, robberies, pickpockets, and small-time thieves are still a risk in tourist areas. When it comes to hostels in New York, it's important to take extra precautions.
Always store your valuables in a locker if you share a room and stay away from dubious guests (or report them to hostel staff). Additionally, since the practice of “catch and release” was instigated in New York (late 2016), New York City has become a complete garbage pit. The information in this safety guide was accurate at the time of writing this article, however, the world is a changing place, now more than ever. It's safe, but unless you want to take road trips to places like Long Island or upstate New York, it doesn't make much sense to drive around the city.
One of my worst fears is that my phone will run out while I go out to spend a long day taking photos in Brooklyn or entertaining friends from out of town with some of my favorite free things to do in New York. For most of these neighborhoods, the same safety label applies for Midtown, with a few exceptions. To get an idea of the incidence of crime in New York, you can check out the government website with citywide crime statistics. While the densely populated areas of New York are safe for the most part, small-time thieves love crowded tourist neighborhoods.
If you avoid them (and as you can see, none of them endanger your life), you'll avoid danger on your trip to New York and you'll be very safe all the time. In downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg is well connected to Manhattan and is easy to reach from the rest of New York. It's a very safe city with the infrastructure needed to hold a community together instead of destroying it. All of these neighborhoods are safe during the day, but at night Gramercy Park and the Flatiron district calm down. To help you understand all that and stay safe in New York City, here are some tips: always store your valuables in a locker if you share a room; stay away from dubious guests or report them to hostel staff; check out the government website with citywide crime statistics; avoid crowded tourist neighborhoods; and be aware that some areas may be more dangerous at night. Overall, New York City is an incredibly safe place to visit. With these tips in mind and by taking extra precautions when necessary, you can enjoy your trip without worrying about your safety.