I would seek out and find a Midtown Agent to help you with your investment and your fears. The best way is to find an agent that LIVES in Midtown. My father use to have a saying "I want to go the doctor that the doctors go to". Professionals that invest their own money will have a better handle and first hand in-sight.
If you like a list of fabulous Midtown Realtors, please do not hesitate in letting me know.