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May 19, 2009

The mother of broken windows

Greenwich Village residents are shocked by an alarming 43 percent increase in violent crime so far this year relative to the same period in 2008. If only there were some difference between 2008 and 2009 that might explain why violent criminals* now feel they have license to do as they please. Oh well; I expect it will always remain a mystery.

"I've never seen it like this before -- never, ever," said G. Simon Chafik, a female photographer who has lived in Manhattan for 15 years. ... I'm a big New Yorker. New York is one of the safest cities. [But] I'm beginning to question that."

Other hot Manhattan neighborhoods tainted by the crime wave include TriBeCa, with a nearly 17 percent jump, and Gramercy, which has seen a 24 percent increase in assaults. The danger zones also include the East Village from East 14th Street to Houston Street and the East River to Broadway, which has seen a 27.7 percent rise, from 47 to 60 assaults. The Lower East Side has experienced a whopping 30 percent hike in assaults.

* Be they foreign, domestic or Congressional.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 19, 2009 11:15 AM