Saturday, January 10, 2009

Returning to the scene of the crime


Walking on St. Mark's last night around 7:30, I noticed the usual number of cops making the rounds, eyeballing the crowd, keeping the peace, etc. Not very noteworthy. However. I'm still thinking about the stupid piece from the Post yesterday:

JUST LIKE OL' CRIMES
NYPD'S LETUP STIRS FEARS OF '80S FLASHBACK

There are so many problems with this article. In the "Alphabet City" section alone. The piece begins "Residents and business owners fear..." So what residents do they speak with? A 21-year-old NYU student. That's it. Maybe find someone who has lived here a little longer and likely doesn't move away during the summer? And while Mitch is a very credible source at St. Mark's Comics, he's the only EV business owner the Post talked with. So let's not get into this plural stuff guys. (And there's one quote attributed to him -- I'd be interested in hearing what else he said to the reporter.) Worse, is the imagery that somehow being homeless is the same thing as being a criminal.



And hey -- nothing against poor Carolyn here. Not really her fault a reporter made a poor judgement in selecting a source and asking a speculative question . . . for an article on the NYPD relaxing its enforcement of petty "quality of life" infractions that may turn the city back into a set for Death Wish. She wasn't even born yet.

Anyway. Thank you to everyone who commented on the previous post.

4 comments:

Bob Arihood said...

From what I see during my daily journeys in the local streets there is more reason for most folks to pay a little more attention to what is going on around them .Pay attention . be safe .

There are now more people out there who will rob you and even hurt you.

The drunken frat-boy problem is also still with us .... but perhaps if we are lucky it will soon go away .

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comment, Bob. Good advice.

Jill said...

If you stop reading the Post, then all will be good in the world. :)

EV Grieve said...

Ha! True, Jill!