I lived in New Jersey during the 80s, and we'd often go do things in the city. A friend of my wife's was visiting from LA, and she'd always heard about how scary NYC and especially the subways were, but my wife convinced her it was really no problem and they'd have a good time, so ok, friend goes into the city with her, and they go to some museums. And as they were walking into the subway, some crazy woman punched my wife in the head, decked her, and started yelling at her about something. (She was ok, but it really didn't help her friend's opinions of the city.) Go figure, it's NYC.