1. NYC is a safe place to be
Nostalgists wearing rose-colored glasses claim they miss how dangerous Times Square used to be. We sure as hell don’t. Not to downplay the violence that still happens in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the South Bronx and elsewhere, but last year there were 328 murders in the five boroughs—the lowest since the city began attaining reliable stats in 1963—compared to a record-high 2,605 in the oft-glorified year of 1990. According to a 2015 ranking by The Economist, New York nabbed the second spot—second, you guys!—on a list of North America’s safest major cities, not to mention the most secure major city in the U.S. So we may not have the tough-guy cred we used to, but we also, you know, feel safe and stuff.