The Big Apple is the most populous city in the United States, and is the epicenter for media, culture, food, fashion, art and finance. The city consists of five boroughs, each with their own unique culture. Manhattan is the most famous amongst travelers, and is home to the Empire State Building and trendy neighborhoods. Brooklyn is known for artists, music venues, hipster Williamsburg and Coney Island. Queens is the most ethnically diverse region in the United States. The Bronx is the birtdplace of rap/hip hop music and is home to the New York Yankees. Staten Island has a suburban character, filled with historic architecture.
New York City has a bad rep for crime, but it is actually statistically the safest large city in the United States. Women travelers should use common sense: don't walk alone at night especially in unfamiliar neighborhoods or sparesely populated areas, don't let go of your bag especially in subways and when sitting outdoors, and avoid Central Park at night. There are high crime areas in all five boroughs that all travelers should avoid, if you inadvertantly find yourself in one, hop into the nearest subway and go elsewhere.
While cost of living is high in New York City, the city presents many (hundreds!) networking opportunities and meetups for women digital nomads. There are many coworking spaces in New York, and while wifi might be free in many cafes, it is highly recommended that you ask about a coffee shop’s Wi-Fi before you purchase that $5 latte. Alternatively, there is always Starbucks! There are always ways to live on a budget in New York City, so don't let cost deter you.
When it comes to New York City, there’s no real “best” or “worst” time to go. New York is a nonstop holiday party from early December through the start of the New Year. Prices are however higher during the year end. Many consider mid-July and mid-August, when temperatures can go up to as high as 100°F (38°C) with 90% humidity, as New York’s worst weather. Fall and spring are the best times in New York. From April to June and September to November, temperatures are mild and pleasant, and the light is beautiful.