on the drive into manhattan last year, about to move into my new apartment, my parents were giving me some pretty standard safety advice. always be aware of your surroundings, do not walk home alone at night, lock your windows and your doors.
and then, in all seriousness, my father warned me against the bohemians in the west village.
a year later - i am still alive! still employed! and not in any way a gypsy. so, i suppose, this is some of the best advice i have ever received.