A tale of two cities: De Blasio ‘having too much fun’ while New Yorkers suffer from massive crime spike

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While crime has skyrocketed across New York City and multiple people have been victimized and, in some cases, murdered, the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has been busy “having too much fun” (to notice?), according to his press secretary.

Around noon Friday, the mayor tweeted a photo of himself riding the “Cyclone” roller coaster at Coney Island. He was conveniently seated in the very front, which is typically considered the best spot because of the better view.

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About 40 minutes later, press secretary Bill Neidhardt tweeted the same photo plus three others of the mayor out and about. He captioned it by writing that de Blasio was “having too much fun this week.”

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Are the ratios deserved?

On one hand, de Blasio has been celebrating the city’s reopening. After a year of being locked down, life is finally returning to normal. That’s a good thing.

“De Blasio was pictured riding the ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster at Coney Island as its amusement parks reopened on Friday. Earlier in the week, de Blasio visited the set of the ‘Nora From Queens’ television show and delivered remarks to celebrate the reopening of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music,” according to Fox News.

By the same token, other cities and states reopened a long time ago. In the interim — the time between other places reopening and NYC reopening — countless businesses were shuttered and jobs lost.

Furthermore, while the reopening itself is a good thing, the mayor’s focus on exploiting it for his own personal pleasure seemed crass and insensitive to critics because of the myriad of problems that everyday NYC residents are still facing thanks to his policies.

Read some of the responses to the tweets below to understand:

The biggest gripe from critics were complaints about crime.

“With the first quarter of 2021 almost in the books, New York City is seeing a surge in shootings and homicides at a level exceeding the grim numbers for 2020 — one of the worst for bloodshed in recent years,” local newspaper Newsday reported at the end of last month.

“Through March 28, the five boroughs recorded 245 shootings, an increase of nearly 50% over last year, and a rise in those wounded to 274, or 47.3% over 2020, the data showed. After weeks in which killings were in decline, homicides now total 84, up 13.5%,” the report continued.

In a statement to Newsday, the president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, an independent body that has no ties to the city’s actual government, bemoaned the spike in crime.

“This is deeply, deeply concerning,” he reportedly said.

Around the same time, Seth Barron of the Manhattan Institute accused de Blasio of refusing “to get serious about NYC’s soaring violent crime.”

“New York City is facing a real disaster. But Mayor de Blasio is too busy counting the days until he can punch out to care,” he wrote for the New York Post, referencing the approaching end of the mayor’s second term.

Returning to the present, this week alone a 39-year-old woman was murdered in a drive-by shooting in the Bronx, a 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and left paralyzed in the Bronx and a tourist from Kansas City was shot (but survived) near Times Square:

(Video: ABC7 New York)

Meanwhile, anti-Asian violence continues to rage across NYC.

In yet another anti-Asian attack this week, an Asian man and woman were just sitting and talking outside an ice cream parlor when they were accosted and one of them was slapped.

“[A] 25-year-old victim was sitting and talking to a friend outside an ice cream shop on Grand Street when a stranger walked up. That stranger made anti-Asian statements and slapped the victim in the face before fleeing. She refused medical attention at the scene,” station WNBC reported Friday.

In de Blasio’s defense, he did attend an anti-Asian crime vigil last month. Of course, he was ultimately chased off by Asian onlookers who were irate over his “photo op.”

They likely viewed the visit as a “photo op” because de Blasio’s lax policies on crime do not jibe with his seemingly disingenuous and feigned concern about anti-Asian crime.

It doesn’t help that, in response to all the criticism of the tweets they posted Friday, later that evening the mayor’s press secretary mocked critics for being “miserable.”

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Vivek Saxena

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