New to the neighborhood (about 6 months), but I've noticed what seems to be a legitimate after school crime problem here. Recent (anecdotal) examples include a gun point mugging near Underhill a couple of days ago, a brazen snatch and grab at Blue Marble yesterday afternoon and multiple cell phone/ipod snatches that seem to happen constantly, specifically near the subway. The common denominator is always "teen-agers" and "afternoon".
Seems a little visible police presence would go a long way in deterring these kids yet I never see cops patrolling.
Anyway, not expecting some big answers but thought I'd bring it up as it coincided with the recent reports of crime on the rise in NYC.