In 1990, after recording a record high 2,262 homicides, some called New York City the “murder capital” of the country. But since then, the homicide rate has steadily declined.

The Big Apple is on pace this year to record fewer homicides than the record low of 333 set in 2014, the New York Daily news reported in early September.

Some have even dubbed today’s NYC “the safest big city” in the US.

To get a better sense of what New York City’s streets are like these days, we spent three nights with NY Daily News crime reporter Kerry Burke, considered by many to be the best in the city.