Tourists shot in Times Square, straphangers slugged on the subway, a homeless man slashed to demise, graffiti and dirt in every single place, mentally unwell roaming the streets.
This snapshot of Midtown over the weekend evokes a sinking feeling of déjà vu for anybody who lived in New York in the 1980s.
But the metropolis’s downhill trajectory was acquainted even earlier than the pandemic that lame duck Mayor de Blasio likes in charge for the surge in violent crime.
The lockdown solely turbo-charged the disintegration of what de Blasio nonetheless likes to boast is “the safest big city in America.”
It’s not secure any extra, and that’s largely because of the mayor and the remainder of the “defund the police” idiots in his occasion.
On my cellphone is an app known as Citizen, which sends notifications each time a crime is dedicated in your neighborhood. I’ve needed to flip it off.
When you reside in New York today, you don’t want an app to warn you about menace each 5 minutes.
It’s throughout you. You should watch out the way you stroll, dodging the brown stuff, wanting straight forward, not sideways, at the man together with his pants round his ankles, not invading the privateness of individuals handed out on the footpath, however nonetheless with situational consciousness at excessive alert.
Don’t take the quick lower via the Marriott car parking zone, simply in case. Don’t get caught in the slim chute underneath scaffolding on Broadway the place you’ve gotten nowhere to flee if an unfriendly comes your means.
Tour buses had began to make a comeback in latest weeks, however are the vacationers Broadway wants actually going to courageous the bullets of Times Square?
Saturday’s triple-shooting in broad daylight was stunning. Three harmless vacationers — together with a 4-year-old lady — had been struck by stray bullets when a dispute broke out between 4 males, reportedly involving an unlawful CD vendor.
Just 4 weeks in the past, one other tourist from Kansas City was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet close by.
As I write, on Sunday afternoon, the Citizen app is reporting the following police incidents in my Midtown neighborhood: “Report of Armed Robbery,” “Woman Assaulted Person,” “Man Armed with Bottle Yelling at Woman,” “Man Brandished Switchblade During Argument,” “Person Assaulted,” “Man Fatally Stabbed” and “Person Robbed by Man.”
Somewhat additional afield, the stories embody “Man Swinging Sword at Park” in Queens, “Man Robbed by Teenager” on the Upper West Side, “Woman with Knife on Q Train,” “Man Fatally Stabbed in Longwood,” “Woman Robbed at Gunpoint” in The Bronx, “Person Carjacked at Gunpoint” in Queens, “Amazon Driver Assaulted” in The Bronx, “Person Stabbed” in The Bronx, “Shots Fired” in The Bronx, “Person Robbed at Gunpoint” in Queens, “Man Brandishes Switchblade During Argument Over Mask On F-train,” “Armed Man Attempting to fight T-Mobile Staff” in East Harlem, “Armed Residential Break-in With Guns in Queens.”
All is not nicely in the Big Apple. But at the very least we’re sporting our masks.
On the subway, lunatics are pushing individuals onto the tracks, and muggers are sucker-punching ladies for his or her baggage.
A subway conductor was stabbed in the face on a J practice in Brooklyn. It’s scary.
Yet de Blasio’s reply is to sneer at our concern. If you had been a “real New Yorker” you wouldn’t be afraid, he said last week.
“As a real New Yorker who lives in the city and has taken the subway all my life, I wouldn’t hesitate at all to take the subway.”
Last time I appeared, de Blasio grew up in Cambridge, Mass., again when he used his actual identify Warren Wilhelm Jr., so he’s not in a sturdy place to resolve who qualifies as a “real” or pretend.
The excellent news is that de Blasio’s time period ends this yr.
Now now we have a probability to elect a correct mayor — however which means voting.
Guess why de Blasio is in Gracie Mansion? Because 84 p.c of New Yorkers couldn’t be bothered voting. Just 726,361 individuals in New York City made a very unhealthy selection in 2017.
Astonishingly, with the stakes increased, this election doesn’t appear to have captured the consideration of voters both.
A ballot by NY1 and Ipsos final month discovered solely 33 p.c of registered voters had been sure they’d vote in the mayoral major subsequent month.
We can’t let apathy select our mayor once more.
Obviously, it is going to be a Democrat, however the least worst possibility is Eric Adams, whom The Post has endorsed.
In truth, as a former NYPD police captain, he is completely suited to the occasions.
He has positioned himself as the law-and-order candidate whose precedence is to make the metropolis secure once more. As a black man who has championed the reason for police reform for many years, he additionally has credibility with Black Lives Matter activists and the authority to face as much as their excesses. He is aware of how authorities works on this metropolis, in his function as Brooklyn borough president, and he has mastered the dark arts of machine politics.
But his major attraction is that he is the solely mayoral candidate assured sufficient to push again on the anti-cop motion.
“Nothing angered me more and concerned me more than when we allowed people to pour water on police officers [last summer],” he stated final week.
He understands that “public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity in this city”, and he has a plan to get weapons off the avenue.
Within hours of Saturday’s taking pictures, Adams held a feisty press convention in Times Square.
“Am I the only candidate that’s running for mayor that understands that we can’t go back to violence and we can’t act like this is not happening in front of us,” he stated.
Hallelujah. Adams’ law-and-order stance has propelled him to the front of the pack of mayoral hopefuls.
The deadline for voter registration is May 28. Primary Day is June 22.
Do your civic obligation. Vote like your life is dependent upon it, as a result of it most likely does.
Joe’s workers bordering on insanity
Hard to consider, however the man who actually runs the White House, President Biden’s chief-of-staff, Ron Klain, has been tweeting triumphantly in latest days about the parlous scenario at the southern border.
One put up boasted of a “dramatic reduction” in overcrowding for unaccompanied children at Border Patrol migrant facilities since the finish of March.
Great, however that’s solely as a result of the administration has turn into extra environment friendly at facilitating the cartels’ people-smuggling enterprise.
This additionally was a trigger for boasting final week by White House Deputy Communications Director Pili Tobar.
“We had a plan from the beginning,” she tweeted. “Move kids as fast as possible out of [Customs and Border Protection] and to the arms of vetted sponsors or family members. That plan is working.”
So the “plan from the beginning” was to ask floods of unlawful immigrants to cross the border into America and wave them via as quick as doable to make room for extra. That’s known as letting the cat out of the bag.