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An aspiring drug counselor and a Midtown Community Court employee were among the 25 people arrested Thursday as part of a $1.5 million-per-year family-run heroin ring run out of a South Williamsburg apartment. The operation fueled a growing heroin epidemic in New York City, selling up to 25,000 $10 bags of heroin a month--often hiding stashes in boxes of Apple Jacks cereal--in neighborhoods like Prospect Heights, Astoria, and Ridgewood, and on Staten Island, which is especially plagued by heroin. The ringleader, 25-year-old Josie "Fresh" Tavera,...
Even though public opinion surrounding the mayor is continuously waning, and the general outlook regarding the quality of life here in New York is constantly dwindling, turns out not everything is bad: New York City is really, really safe. From the Wall Street Journal comes a report that confirms this summer has been one of the safest since the NYPD started keeping detailed records on violent crime decades ago. And it's obviously good news. The Journal reports that 82 homicides...
Last month was the most peaceful June in New York City on record, according to Compstat, the crime-data tacking program instituted by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in 1994. The decrease in overall crime was marked by a 34% drop in homicides from June of last year, although some violent crimes like rape and murder have slightly increased from a year ago.  The current tally of overall felonies reported and or tracked by the NYPD in...
Protests calling for justice in the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed when he was put into a chokehold by a police officer this summer, continue today at various locations around the city after a weekend of mostly peaceful demonstrations. On Saturday, more than 25,000 people joined the Manhattan march from Washington Square Park up to Midtown and back down to the NYPD police headquarters shouting chants like,"no justice,...