Finally, FINALLY found something worthy for that blog.  Sadly, I didn't get to live in NYC until '07 but I defintely have seen change just living in my neighborhood now vs. when I first moved here.  Plus I think the scariness is part of NYC's character.  It never deterred me from wanting to live here considering I'd rather die young & be happy than live to be 90 someplace "safe" & be miserable the whole time.