NYC of course which has it's perks and it's downfalls. The interesting thing is that students have easy access to the city. That being said the 24-hour security at Pace only extends to the buildings. Like any location in any place urban, suburban or rural you have to careful and aware of your surroundings. It should not mean that you should limit yourself to traveling around NYC but you just have to be smart about it. Always try to travel with a friend or groups of friends and let those close to you know where you are in case of an emergency. Other than that just have fun there are restaurants and parks nearby campus that provide enough for students to enjoy the Financial District.
If you step out of the downtown Manhattan campus you see City Hall directly in front of you, as well as City Hall Park. To the right you see the Brooklyn Bridge. If you walk a few blocks to the north you run into the NY Supreme Court and a few blocks more you're in Chinatown! If you walk from Pace a few blocks to the right you're at Ground Zero. A few blocks south and you're at Wall Street.
Pleasantville is a quaint little town that's very Westchester...if you've never been to Westchester, it feels like you're stepping into a small rich town straight out of the movies. It's really THAT small and THAT quaint. I like it, but it's a bit different than my hometown of Albany. Still, there's a lot of greenery which is nice.
Once you step off campus you see trees, the highway, beautiful houses, and a taste a Westchester. The town is very small and has everything. If you want a tattoo, a piercing, go grocery shopping, get some fast food if you're tired of campus food or take a train ride its all available to you when you step off campus.
Immediately around Pace is the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall Park, New York Stock Exchange, and the South Street Seaport. There are many stores, parks, and restaurants for your convenience. Also, there is the R, J, M, Z, 4, 5, 6, 2, and 3 trains all within a 5 block radius to take you anywhere in the 5 boroughs.
City Hall is directly across the street from Pace Plaza while such iconic landmarks as Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and Battery Park are just a short walk away.