New York January 04, 2017
The 9 Most Dangerous, Deadly Places In New York
There’s no denying how much we all love New York, being residents here is proof enough! But like so many of our favorite things in life, there will always be both pros and cons. Scattered throughout the Empire State you can find a variety of dangerous locations, some of which have become so deadly that they’re now completely off limits to the public. Any particular places coming to mind? Let’s see if any of them made the list below.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Canajoharie Falls
Those who live in the village of Canajoharie have long known of the dangers that lie at Canajoharie Falls. But time and time again, out-of-town visitors end up making their way to this nature spot to learn of its harmful ways for themselves. Between 2001 and 2004, three people died while jumping into the falls, an adventure frequently sought out by adrenaline seekers. While there are "No Swimming" signs posted all around the falls, they seemingly go ignored as deaths continue to happen here.
So, what makes this particular waterfall so deadly? At the base, there's a stone ledge that's not visible. Each year local police officers hand out endless tickets to those who trespass in this area of Wintergreen Park, hoping to prevent any further losses.
2. Devil's Path
A roughly 20-mile long hike in the Catskills, the Devil's Path trail is one that is considered to be one of the most difficult hikes along the Eastern Coast. Not only is the trail one that's lengthy, it's also considerably dangerous if you hadn't already figured that out from its name.
3. Kaaterskill Falls
One of New York's tallest waterfalls is also one of our most dangerous. For longer than we care to speak of, this particular waterfall has had the DEC and local fire department making regular rescues and visits. Made up of two tiers, those who have come to explore the area often make the accidental mistake of losing their footing too close to the edge at the top of the first or second tier, dying from the lengthy fall. Like always, when it comes to exploring New York you'll want to be cautious and prepared for your adventure.
4. Taconic State Parkway
A place we deemed as being the
most deadly road
in New York, the Taconic State Parkway is one of our least favorite roads to have to travel on. The 104-mile long parkway saw 2,080 crashes during a three year period ending back in 2014 and has also seen thousands of commuters speeding especially in the areas of Westchester and Putnam. If you're going to have to make your away along this particular stretch of the state, be sure to keep your eyes on the road and to be a safe driver as always!
5. Salmon River Falls
So beautiful yet so dangerous, Salmon River Falls in Oswego County is another scenic location that has seen its fair share of troubles. Over the past 20 years the 110-foot waterfall has seen at least five deaths and is a place many locals consider to be a danger.
A location that always seems to make the
top of our lists
when it comes to dangerous spots, the city of Newburgh is a place best enjoyed during the daylight. While the area has plenty to offer and is loved by many, it also has a history of alarming statistics that are a bit troublesome. According to
, Newburgh is only safer than 8% of America's cities!
7. Adirondack High Peaks
This one couldn't just be narrowed down to a single Adirondack mountain because numerous High Peaks have their own dangers and difficulties. Especially during our winter months, taking on the challenge of hiking any one of our tallest mountains is something that should be taken with extra caution. If you've ever had the pleasure of hiking any one of our 46 tallest mountains in this region, then you know just how drastic the weather can be. Even if you explore these trails during our warmer months, you shouldn't be too surprised to find snow capped mountains surrounding the summits or dangerously slippery trails leading you to the top.
8. New York City's Broadway
Another road that you'll want to be careful traveling on, the 33-mile long road that runs through Manhattan, the Bronx and onward from Yonkers is one that has seen an unfortunate amount of death. From 2008 to 2010 Manhattan's 13-mile stretch of Broadway saw a devastating total of 13 pedestrian deaths. Wasn't the number 13 suppose to be lucky? Another area of Broadway you'll want to avoid? The two-mile long stretch that runs through the Bronx, infamously known its considerable amount of pedestrian deaths in recent years.
9. Plotter Kill Preserve
A 632-acre nature preserve that's a true gem of Schenectady County is also one that has long been considered quite dangerous. This spring the county decided to do something about the preserve's safety issues and announced it would be getting a $600 dollar safety upgrade for trail improvements. The issue with this park is that many unofficial trails have been created over the years by those who have explored the area, leading uninformed visitors off the dedicated paths and into dangerous areas you'd normally want to avoid.
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