- The New York Times has a great overview of outgoing NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg’s legacy, from health and education to crime and politics — the good, the bad, and lots of ugly.
DOGGONE GOOD Cecil Williams pets his guide dog, Orlando, in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks in Manhattan on Tuesday. The 61-year-old Williams, who is blind, says he fainted while Orlando tried to save him from falling. Both miraculously escaped without serious injury. (Photo: John Minchillo / AP via The Telegraph)
Guide dogs are the best dogs.
Photographer Todd Heisler spent 20 hours walking around the coastline of Manhattan. (via The New York Times)
Kinda looks like Stallone and DeNiro are yukking it up over that car getting booted.
Snow York City, via the New York Daily News. (From top to bottom: the Statue of Liberty by @PaulFox13; Central Park by @EverythingNYC; the Brooklyn Bridge by @jennieinnyc; and perhaps my favorite one — “The De-Icer” at an NYC-area airport by Chris Q)
I ain’t goin’ to the tree lighting.
That don’t make Manhattan less merry.
“All of a sudden, the train was like more sideways than it should be.”
– PASSENGER aboard derailed Metro North train, describing her ordeal to WABC TV; she said her train car was one of those that “landed perfectly sideways,” and as a result all the passengers in her car were able to exit safely.
This view of the Metro North derailment gives you a better idea of the scene: seven cars, with four of them off the tracks and the front car literally inches from the Hudson River. The train locomotive is in the rear. Multiple passengers and witnesses say the train took the curve too fast. (Photo: Edwin Valero / AP via The New York Times)
This photo by Twitter user Daniel Cohen shows the locomotive that drove that derailed Metro North train. This engine pushed the commuter train’s cars ahead and into that dangerous curve at the Spuyten Duyvil station. WNBC reports that the engineer called in the derailment after it happened. (via the New York Daily News)
“Heartbreaking. This is not just about graffiti — it’s about the unity of people who met here from all over the world. That’s what really hurts.”
"JUST," a street artist, commenting on the whitewashing of 5Pointz, a graffiti-covered building in Long Island City, Queens; the owner, which will demolish the structure to make way for residential buildings, had the artwork painted over during the evening and early morning hours to avoid drawing attention.
(via the New York Times)
The New York attorney general released a report Thursday claiming that only three percent of arrests made using the controversial “stop and frisk” tactic lead to a conviction, and just 0.1 percent lead to an arrest for a violent crime.
The NYPD calls the report “clearly flawed,” according to a statement by Deputy Commissioner John J. McCarthy.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office reports that they analyzed 150,000 arrests made by New York City police officers between 2009 and 2012, stemming from 2.4 million stops.
In his statement, McCarthy took issue with the report, stating that “this analysis somehow just ignores situations where an officer’s action deters or prevents a crime from occurring in the first place.”
"Those situations," he continued, "NEVER result in an arrest, conviction or jail time because a crime is prevented."
The AG report states “supporters and opponents of the practice agree that only 6 percent of all stops result in an arrest,” and that their analysis aimed to look at what happened to those people post-arrest. According to the report, just half of those six percent who were arrested are convicted of a crime resulting from the stop - and only half of those convictions lead to jail or prison time. When jail or prison is a result, the majority of sentences are for 30 days or less.
The report also found that three-quarters of the cases that were eventually dismissed took more than 60 days to reach a conclusion: “This delay increases the burden on defendants who choose to fight the charges and creates an incentive to accept a plea to a crime or violation to avoid further court appearances, attorneys’ fees, or the consequences of an open case on their record.”
"Stop, question and frisk," as the policy is known in the NYPD, has been the subject of increased scrutiny in recent years in New York City. The practice is a key part of the city’s crime-fighting strategy, but has come under fire as the number of stops has ballooned - from 69,000 in 2000 to more than 650,000 in 2011, a nine-fold increase.
In August, a federal judge ruled that the policy was unconstitutional because it violates citizens’ civil rights by discriminating on the basis of race. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought the class-action lawsuit that resulted in the ruling, 90 percent of the people stopped by police under “stop and frisk” are black or Latino, despite the fact that those racial groups make up just over half of the city’s population.”