Obviously, a big city still has murders and a big city in the US with guns, gangs etc will still have murders, but the reduction is huge.In parts of Brooklyn, people are still getting shot in neighborhoods where studios are 2k+. I can’t confirm if it’s over $5 though.
Strike,I like it a lot, but I have to say each time I go back, I like it a little bit less, and I pretty much wouldn't want to live there now, when that was actually on the cards a couple of years ago. That said, I am mainly talking about Manhattan, Brooklyn is more chilled, but I definitely find a lot of the huge buildings to just feel a bit oppressive. You can walk around on a beautiful day, and just feel closed in. But for food and nightlife it is fantastic.
It's all preference, I prefer pubs to bars, and lower level cities where a nice day can suddenly be in a green area, that doesn't even feel like a big city. But it's a place everyone should try and visit.