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Yesterday, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released the results of a wide-ranging survey gauging New Yorkers' opinions of their police force. The 1,021 respondents were asked questions about the NYPD actions that led to the death of Eric Garner, whether or not broken windows policing is effective, and if police brutality is an active problem, amongst many other things. The results express a wide range of opinions, some of which appear contradictory. For example, a...
In the reckless days of our now long gone youth, we engaged in activities that we would never do now that we are older, more mature, and, uh, slower. Reader, we once jumped a turnstile. Actually, that's not entirely true. What we did was drunkenly cram ourselves with two of our friends into one of those revolving door entrances, all the while laughing about how we were so smart because we just saved a...
More bad news in Police Commissioner Bratton’s New York City: Subway platform buskers are facing harassment and arrests by the NYPD and MTA police for what is a completely legal activity. As we reported in May, arrests for subway dancers alone are up 4700 percent from last year. Several buskers held a press conference recently to protest the treatment. For many, this climate of punishing non-criminal behavior reeks of earlier time in New York City, an era that...
In spite of Mayor de Blasio's protests that there's no official new policy encouraging cops to hone in on MTA panhandling,  the subway breakdancing crackdown we'd suspected is very real: DNAinfo reports on a 20-year-old and a 17-year-old that were arrested for breakdancing on a rush hour L train near Union Square last week. Information is being withheld on the younger of the two, but the older dancer was charged with reckless endangerment, a charge that was...