It was “beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” as all around the country, everyone did their Christmas shopping. But thanks to weak-on-crime policies metastasizing throughout big cities like New York, if you are walking in Central Park or taking a New York subway, you might find yourself singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the eighties.” The era of former NYC Mayor David Dinkins is back in the nation’s largest city, and it has reared its ugly head due to the jailbreak policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other New York state politicians.
NYPD crime stats recently reported by the New York Post show that violent crime incidents in Central Park, Manhattan, have spiked 31 percent in 2018.
There were 20 robberies, 36 grand larcenies and the murder of 36-year-old Oscar Calle whose body was found near Lasker pool in August — the first such crime in the park in 17 years. A 19-year-old was charged in the case.
Reported rapes declined from three to one, but other sex crimes rose from four to 10.
Crimes were also up in and around Morningside Park where Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors was murdered Dec. 11. A 13-year-old has been charged in the case and two other teen suspects have yet to be arrested.
The cleanup of Central Park was one of the milestones of the era of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York that jump-started a two-decade decline in crime throughout the city. Those gains are now being reduced due to the abolishing of pretrial bail, reduced sentencing, early release, and almost no deterrent against juvenile criminals.
The subways have already returned to pre-Giuliani-era crime levels. According to NYPD data, there were 1,185 transit misdemeanor assaults citywide from Jan. 1 to Nov. 17, which reflects a 10.9 percent increase from the same time last year. As a harbinger of the return of crime, New York’s MTA reports that the amount of graffiti on subways has increased greatly over the past few years.