Jack’s flat is located in a very dangerous area: Jersey City/Newark.
When I arrived in New York and headed to Jack’s flat my phone died so I looked for a charger. A guy on the street offered to help me with the issue, after that he asked for money, so I gave him few dollars. Despite that, he kept asking for money and he was interested in what I had with me in my luggage.
I understood he had bad intentions, so I tried to get rid of him, but he kept on following me and also another guy joint him.
I looked for help inside a shop. These two guys have been waiting for me outside the shop for a ridiculous amount of time, they clearly wanted to rob me.
Long story short I had to call the police who told me that was one of the most dangerous area of the city, above all if you are a tourist. The policeman walked me to the station, where I saw that bad guy still following me.
I had to book another accommodation for my staying in New York in a better area of the city, I paid a lot but I had no choice because I couldn’t stay in Jersey City any longer since I learnt it is a very dangerous place.
For what concern Jack, this misadventure obviously wasn’t his fault, but he didn’t reply my texts for the whole afternoon and basically left me alone in facing this issue.
When I got in contact with him again and told me what happened he said that it was impossible and that I was a liar! He said that nobody had this issue before. Eventually I didn’t show up at Jack’s (because I moved to a better place) and he didn’t even check where I was or if I was ok.
Prior to booking at Jack’s I looked up the reviews and I know that many people had good experience, but in light of what happened to me my advice is to pay a little bit more but choose a better area of New York for your staying.
Good luck, Nicola.