Random mayhem continues to plague the town’s subways. Monday morning, a commuter standing on the forty second Street uptown platform was shoved face-first into the facet of an arriving 1 prepare, which smashed her nostril and bruised her complete physique. The sufferer’s deranged assailant, who has been recognized as 29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara, was unknown to her, and video of the incident reveals that there was no interplay between the 2 ladies to precipitate the tried homicide.
This episode — which was complemented aboveground by a taking pictures a couple of hours later — is strictly the nightmare situation that terrifies subway riders, that defines the nationwide picture of New York City to vacationers and enterprise vacationers, and which have to be addressed vigorously and instantly by a responsive and efficient municipal management if we’re ever going to get issues buzzing once more.
Unfortunately, now we have Mayor de Blasio, whose tepid and irrelevant feedback concerning the subterranean savagery betray his lack of urgency to treatment it.
“Well, yesterday was a great, great day for New York City,” he introduced at first of his ready feedback throughout his Tuesday media look, at which he elided any point out of Monday’s assault. When requested about it immediately, de Blasio defined, “the Times Square area obviously has been reinforced intensely, there’s huge amount of police presence, and overwhelmingly, of course, that has succeeded in improving the environment there in every way and making it safer.”
Is the mayor excessive? The Midtown South precinct, which encompasses Times Square, is in the course of against the law surge. Felony assault is up 144 p.c year-to-date, and there have been 11 occasions as many individuals shot as final yr. Robbery, housebreaking, and grand larceny are all elevated. Hate crimes, a number one indicator of avenue barbarism, are up a staggering 833 p.c within the “improved environment” of the neighborhood.
De Blasio continued his fantasy model of our new regular, insisting, “we also surged a huge number of NYPD officers into the subways. We had one of the highest levels of NYPD deployments in the subways in the last two decades . . . We have seen a much-improved situation.”
Oh, actually? Until not too long ago, there have been sometimes one or two murders within the subway yearly. Last yr we had seven; to date this yr we’ve had 4. Assaults and different felonies within the transit system are nonetheless operating nicely above regular. If there actually is a file variety of cops within the subway — with ridership nonetheless at about 60 p.c of pre-pandemic norms — then in what sense is the state of affairs “much improved”?
Last October, following a spate of subway pushings, Mayor de Blasio was requested how his signature ThriveNYC program would deal with the particular drawback of severely mentally sick and harmful people underground. “Thrive is here to cover the whole range of mental health challenges,” the mayor defined impertinently, encouraging everybody with a priority to “pick up that phone and call 8-8-8-NYC-WELL so we can get the help that you need.”
It’s now a yr later and de Blasio continues to supply smarmy, canned responses to severe questions concerning the collapse of public security in New York. We are present process a failure in confidence throughout the town as individuals develop accustomed to being terrified of their environment. New York City is not going to come again till order and high quality of life are restored to its streets.