I've been going to NYC since the 50s. I lived most of my life within 90 minutes or less to Mid-Town Manhattan. I've worked there as a LEO in some horrible neighborhoods. It's not the NYC of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. There's a lot of negative things one might say about Giuliani but he did a good job of cleaning up the city in his 8 years and it's pretty much stayed that way. NYC doesn't make the 100 most dangerous cities list any more. You want more dangerous? Go to Baltimore, Philadelphia, DC. But even there you're pretty safe if you use your head. Stay in the tourist areas. If your head says I probably don't belong here you probably don't. Don't book an Airbnb in the South Bronx or Washington Heights. Go to the landmarks and museums. The Cloisters one of my favorites and something you don't think you'll find in NYC. Go to the Cloisters in the morning and the same id badge will get you in the Metropolitan the same day. Eat in Little Italy and Chinatown. Go to Katz's Deli on Houston Street and go to the Tenement Museum nearby and learn what life was like for millions of immigrants that built this country. It all wasn't hunting, trapping, covered wagons and fighting Indians. If you want dangerous cross the river into NJ and go to Newark or Camden. Orlando has a higher crime rate than NYC. So do places like Wheeling, WV and Florence, SC.