Well, as a outsider looking in. I really don't know the "bad" areas of NYC is. Though, I also feel that what one consider a "bad" area is up for debate. I live in Paterson, NJ. And people all over Jersey swear it is the worst place in America to live. When I tell people I'm from Paterson, they always tell me, "How can you live in such a rough city?". I think people just fear neighborhoods they don't understand, or not used to. I lived in this city my whole life, and I've never onced been mugged or attacked. I just use my head and know where to go, and what to avoid. If I feel like my safety is in danger, I will just leave. Simple as that.