I live in Boulevard Park and have no problems in midtown in the daytime. At night I am much more watchful; I stay on the well-lit streets and avoid dark blocks. A neighbor and 3 friends (2 men and 2 women) left the market on 20th and H late one evening last spring. Walking down 20th St (very dark), they were held up by two men. My neighbor made a fuss and got punched, the others just gave up their money and left unscathed. I think you have to be alert - use good judgement - and keep to the busy, well-lit areas after dark. Hope that helps!