A good reminder that the wingnuts are everywhere--just not evenly distributed: there is a huge concentration of them on Vanderbilt Avenue.
Bob McManus at City Journal:
History may not repeat itself, but sometimes it whispers warnings. The wise will pay heed. Whether the ice-rink shooting at New York City’s Bryant Park, an arduously restored urban jewel at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, was an aberration or a harbinger remains to be seen. But the gunplay prompted unhappy recollections of the not-so-distant past, when the enclave was known as Needle Park and the New York Times described it as “a cesspool of crime and vice” only sporadically patrolled by police, if at all... memories linger of a time when New York had truly lost its way, when it couldn’t summon the will to resist dysfunction or even articulate a right to self-defense—to say nothing of self-respect.
Soon Bill de Blasio will be mayor...
Bill de Blasio is six weeks from inauguration as Mayor, but he's already on the hook for a mini-crime wave and junkies from thirty years ago. Is it right that one man should have such power?
Things like Bernie Goetz on the Downtown No. 2 train, on Dec. 22, 1984—the night he opened fire on four black teenagers who he said were menacing him with a screwdriver. The episode touched off a debate on race, crime, and the right to self-defense that seethed for years. Nobody was neutral on Bernie Goetz. He was the man who refused to be victimized, or he was a racist gunman—pick one. Goetz did eight months on Rikers Island, then drifted off into semi-obscurity. But there he was last month, smirk and all, back in court on a minor drug-peddling charge. He’s no longer a threat of any sort, just a timely reminder, as the debate over the future of Pax Giuliani in the age of de Blasio gains energy.
If Bernie Goetz sees his shadow, we get four more years of John Lindsay.
Things like Sonny Carson, an architect of the racist boycott of a Korean grocery in Brooklyn that shamed the city for six months in 1990—an event that then-mayor David Dinkins couldn’t bring himself even obliquely to criticize. Ugly stuff, not to be repeated. But there was the beyond-bitter entertainer Harry Belafonte, channeling Carson in a Brooklyn church the Sunday before Election Day. Conservative political contributors Charles and David Koch, he said, are “white supremacists... men of evil... [similar to] the men who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan.” Americans are entitled to their views, of course, even haters in their dotage. And this outburst would have scant significance—except that soon-to-be-mayor-elect de Blasio sat smiling as Belafonte sputtered on. Much as Dinkins, with his silence, encouraged Carson’s racist rants.
You see the connection: Carson instigated a boycott of Korean delis, and Belafonte talked shit about two of the richest men in America. It's practically the same thing.
Now, some pathologies never go away, which doubtless explains the city’s just-concluded Banksy carnival—the media celebration of an anonymous, high-end graffiti vandal who may or may not be a competent artist, but who sure knows how to turn a buck off defacing property. Banksy, a Brit, recently returned home after a month in the city creating “art” that sold for six figures (perhaps boosting de Blasio’s argument that some people just need taxing.) It was all harmless fun, except that the city has been there, done that, and doesn’t need a return trip...
The good news is the new wave of graffiti will be done by rich British performance artists, so no one can call conservatives racist when they complain.
The reviews are in:
And yet 74% of them voted for de Blasio. Must have a... Death Wish.
Tune in a few weeks from now, when the increased imminence of Mayor de Blasio causes 9/11.
UPDATE. Commenters are performing at a Broadway level. "Boy, they'll jump at any shadow, huh?" says Batocchio. "But it stands to reason, since shadows are black."
Many notice the commenters at McManus's page who, unlike our own, tend to destroy rather than restore one's faith in humanity with their gibberish about "Liberals and Black race pimps," etc. "It's not exactly like a bathroom wall," notes Hob, "it's like a cross between a bathroom wall and the letter column of some mimeographed Klan zine..."
angela November 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM: I have cancelled any future plans to visit NYC...writing on the wall !
angelodeath November 18, 2013 at 2:53 AM: As an architect of the NYC turnaround and bitter foe of the leftist and satanic filth that rotted this city, I can say with insiders certainty that murder in New York City will skyrocket and the liberals that are murdered deserve it and the hell they will inherit.
Alan November 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM: All the work and effort the Giuliani had to do to turn the city around has been undone by Bloomberg and de Blasio. In a few years they will have the murder rate back up to the same level of Detroit, Chicago or NYC under Dinkins
Sam November 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM: Look for the bl*cks and h*spanics to continue the crime wave even more now the we have a communist taking over NYC. The left hates capitalism and freedom. They will continue the war against the wealth earning white people of NYC
rickgee November 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM:The only interesting point here is the coming excuses by NY's new administration.
blacksaint November 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM: How to destroy a City, State or Nation turn it into a Population of uneducated Black and Hispanic governed by Democrats, bribed by unions and in a very short time you will have a high crime, third world waste land like Detroit! With States like Calif., Ill. NY etc. and in a few years a third world Nation of Poverty, Misery, Crime and Corruption!.
Flo November 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM: After living in Upstate NY for 50 years decides to come visit NY City and likes it. Why so long of a wait. The reputation of the "old" city. Now that may change back. Where will I travel to now where I can shop and site see if the blight and safety factor diminishes? For the cost of a two day trip I can fly coach round trip to most anywhere on the east coast.
blacksaint November 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM: Can there be any doubt that a few years under Democrats and NY will be another high crime waste like Detroit.
blacksaint November 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM: The Ghettos and Barros are to Democrat politicians what kids and schools are to teachers unions...the base of their support and the means to feed their corruption. Do anything to make them better and those people might lose their jobs. When black and Hispanics decide to stop being used and exploited by Liberals and the Democrat party, they'll have a chance to make their lives better. Liberals and Black race pimps have blacks right where they want them depending on the Democrats and welfare, uneducated in the ghetto, poor and voting Democrat. Until then, it seems like selling drugs, pimping, making babies for tax payer,s to support and being dependent on government cheese is working out to their liking.
MartinGale November 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM: Homicides in NYC 1990 - 2245 (Dinkins dystopia). Homicides in NYC 2012 - 406 (Pax Giuliani & Bloomberg). According to commenter "Stephen", this enormous drop in homicides is not the result of improved policing, but (sic) "international commerce". Apparently, people who in previous years might have engaged in homicide, were now employed in the import/export business. Or maybe foreign bankers were helping out the NYPD with some pro bono foot patrols. Whatever.
Actually, I don't believe NYC will revert to the 1970's, but just reverting to the 2nd best city in terms of violent crime will be a disgraceful enough boost in violence and death. Complacent NYer's just don't appreciate how much more secure NYC is then its demographically nearest neighbor cities.
Homicide rate in 2012 by city: NYC - 4.89 Boston - 9.28 San Fran - 8.24 Minneapolis - 8.14. Note that Boston, San Fran, and Minneapolis have a less volatile demographic mix, but NYC decisively outperforms them nevertheless. Oakland, a city with a more similar demographic mix to NYC has a homicide rate of 31.5. It's so violent, you can hear the crackle of small arms fire in the hallway of the nearby Berkeley sociology department where Stephen's like minded liberal buds hang out. But fear not, when de Blasio reinstates Dinkins' policing policies and thereby adds a few hundred poor souls to NYC's body count, the corpses will be found in Morrisania and East New York, not SOHO or Chelsea, so Stephen will not have to witness any chalk body outlines as he goes upon his liberal way.
Rot will November 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM: Definition of a Conservative: A Liberal who's been mugged.
cjones1 November 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM: Time to change to name from New York to New Managua, New Havana, or New Progressive- Socialist fiasco . A few more natural disasters added may well spell a death spiral!
Phil November 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM:By e end of de Blasio's first term, crime will be up, unemployment will be up, and minorities will be worse off. That will ensure his reelection.
Brock Louis November 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM: New York the new Detroit.
MB Morrison November 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM: Good luck with that, progressives deserve progressives. Some pathologies never go away.
silencedogood November 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM: We left Manhattan last year and moved south to escape the crushing taxes and high cost of living. It's sad to see this direction, but not surprising. Looks like we escaped at just the right time.
Henry Miller November 17, 2013 at 6:28 AM: "...they wanted change, de Blasio promised it..." And "they" wanted change and Obama promised it--and now we're saddled with Obamacare, a corrupt Administration that uses the IRS as its intimidation arm, and a populace divided to the point where talk of secession is ever more often being heard. Be careful of demanding "change;" you may get it.
Jeff November 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM: Of course history will repeat itself. The NYC of 1970s wasn't an accident. It was the predictable result of inane (or insane) policies. Repeat those policies and you'll get the same results.
Worried4nyc November 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM: Get ready nyc, you asked for it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwwY9y6O3hw
CynicalAmerican November 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM: I read this past week about several incidences targeting Jewish people in Brookyn by gangs of black youths. I suppose that this may be an indication of the crime wave that commenters are predicting.
Left Coast Conservative November 17, 2013 at 5:50 AM: "When the violence reaches Central Park West and the Upper East Side, I predict that "progressives" (irony intended) will be somewhat less enthusiastic about the Marxist they have just helped elect mayor." I disagree: if and when that day comes, when we see home invasions in the wealthy, elitist enclaves, the "progressives" will double down on further progressive laws and regulations, rather than admit that their progressive policies are to blame. They will even countenance "stop and frisk" in their own neighborhoods, while publicly decrying the practice elsewhere in the city, in order to keep their streets safe. As for the rest of the NYC, well, who cares?
Paul November 17, 2013 at 5:48 AM: Looks like we won't be visiting New York City again soon. Have a good time New Yorkers in your soon to be rat infested hell hole.
Frank November 17, 2013 at 5:47 AM: While there is no question that the ideology of multiculturalism supported by strong social controls may result in compliance and even a substantial degree of internalization of the ideology, there is accumulating empirical evidence suggesting that, like Marxism, multiculturism is based on inadequate science and therefore likely to suffer a similar fate. A widely replicated finding is that, because of closer ties of kinship and culture, ethnically homogeneous societies are more likely to invest in social capital for the entire society (e.g., welfare programs, universal health care) (e.g., Salter, 2005). Multicultural societies therefore are likely to have more conflict as different groups attempt to influence public policy in their favor while tending to avoid contributions to public goods. Moreover, Putnam (2007) has shown that ethnic homogeneity is associated with greater social solidarity and greater social capital, as well as more trust of others and greater political participation. In multicultural societies, trust (even of one’s own race) is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friends fewer.
HTuttle November 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM: Prepare for more 'Dinkins Riots'.
sub November 17, 2013 at 5:06 AM: of course we will see a return to 70s era crime and decay. the electorate, fools that they are, have elected a man that overtly wants to limit economic activity of the productive, and limit crime fighting activity of the police. it's like he's pandering to the anti-social element, inviting them to come play here. the elite progressives who also push for this will be well protected on the upper west side, while "the people", on the margin, suffer the effects of increased crime and reduced economic activity, reduced tourism and trade, etc. di blasio is a fool, and nyc will be a fool's paradise.
ted markuson November 17, 2013 at 5:02 AM: I am going to experience schadenfreude on a level comparable to intense sexual gratification watching NYC slip back in to the pre-Giuliani days. ya'll have nice day
Robert Steckel November 17, 2013 at 4:38 AM: After more than 50 years of following politics in this country the one thing I know for certain is that the Left considers no argument on any issue over until it has prevailed -- irrespective of the facts. The question for the lemmings in New York who voted for de Blasio is, what will they believe: What their lying eyes have revealed to them about the incontrovertible, positive results of Mr. Kelly's method of policing, or the La-La Land pronouncements of de Blasio. Oh, and the other thing I know is that voters get the kind of government they deserve.
lessthantolerant November 17, 2013 at 3:23 AM: Watching New York City return to the David Dinkins days is amusing. People have too short memories and deserve the pain they bring upon themselves for stupidity. Parasite nation grows, new York City wants to be the new Detroit.
Ken Puck November 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM: Let no one have any illusions about what comes next: A substantial breakdown in law and order. Prepare for a return to graffiti on subway cars, widespread muggings on subways and sidewalks, as well alarming increases in rape, robberies, home invasions, and murders. Where whites have been relatively untouched by such violence in the recent past, they will be increasingly targeted as easy marks by blacks in a city that prohibits law-abiding citizens from concealed carry. This grim scenario will be followed by a wholesale exit of business from the city. When the violence reaches Central Park West and the Upper East Side, I predict that "progressives" (irony intended) will be somewhat less enthusiastic about the Marxist they have just helped elect mayor. Churchill spoke of “...the confirmed unteachability of mankind . . " and reminds us of “the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.” New Yorkers are about to re-learn the lessons of history.