Re safety: Again, it all depends on where you're coming from. It's the city. Bad things happen. Bad things have happened to people I know. But it's not a really really scary place, unless all US cities are scary to you.The last bit is ironic, considering the answer is in response to a question about whether a car is necessary in Hyde Park. In response, "Sam" points out:
-you may get mugged, but they won't hurt you. don't carry a lot of cash.