I too was homeless in NYC for about a year. But I had friends on the island, that would allow me to take a showed, and clean my clothes, and help me
out with food while their parents were at work.
Oddly enough I found riding the subways all night the cheapest, and warmest motel in the city. I don't recall maybe but 2 instances of be hassled by
cops. This may have changed in the last 10 years.
One thing not mentioned in the original post is climate. It plays a huge factor. NY winters are cold as $@%^, and I heard of many people hitiching, or
saveing up for bus tickets to the south.
I live in Fl now (had to move back in with my parents, because I lost my leg after I was bumped off the Long Ilsand RailRoad - LIRR pltform, and got
electricuited by the 3rd rail. Oddly enough, I wasn't homeless when this happened, or useing drugs. I actually had my act together. If I did believe
in god when that happened, I woulda cursed his name, and stopped believing in him. But that's neither here nor there.
I chalked my loseing my leg to karma. From stealing from loved ones to support my addiction. Cars, Family heilooms, jewlery, robbing people on the
street, ect. I deserved it in the grand scheme of things.
That brings up another point, many people turn to alchohol and drugs to survive the cold,cold homeless winters up north. This can turn into a viscous
cycle, and something you'll never get out of unless someone helps you, you get arrested, or you die. Try your hardest to stay away from drugs, there
are much better ways to spend your money when you are homeless. Like food.
Looking around at all the vacant woods here where I live in on the East Coast of Fl. About 1 hours drive South of W.Palm Beach, there are ideal places
one could live out of site, without a single person within a mile of all directions, and set up a decent tent and ive fairly comfortably. Just watch
out for razor grass, and the numerous species of snakes , lizards, bugs, ect, that can either kill you out right, (poisonous snakes, and spiders), or
make you severly ill (cetains insects, some frogs, and lizards)
But If I still had my leg, I'd choose to stay in NYC being homeless. I'm a people watcher (I don't stare, and usually wear dark sunglasses) you can
pass time quickly, just by watching people. It helps if you can read. Books are a great substitute for T.V., and after a while you'll realize, books
are actually better than T.V.
As far as survival, and being prepared for any physical confrontations that might arise (always best to avoid) The OP did a VERY good job on covering
Also why I like NY, people have so manythings on thoer minds, it's very easy to get away with scams. I'm talking nearly victimless scams. I won't
reveal things here, but it's like Survivorman survival, in that the more traps you set up, that you can check back later on in the day, are great.
I'll throw a hint out there, your onlt stealing 25-50c per person, but if you rig up enough machines, it can become well not lucrative, but a decent
steady lil income, enough to get a nice breakfast, and subway fair for each day ect. But it is a crime so be careful.
But in my condition right now thinking about it, I wouldn't last very long being homeless. Being able to cover alot of ground on your feet in
essential to living homeless, unless your an Old Pro, and have been at it for 40 years or something.
But really I would advise trying to live homeless for more than 2 years, after that, something bad is bound to happen. You'll either get sick,
involved with drugs, mugged, arrested ect.
But again great thread OP