Two stories came out over the weekend that show how New York City is teetering on verge of collapse instead of rebounding.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani slammed current Gracie Mansion resident Eric Adams for his fiddling while the city falls flat on its face over soaring crime stats. I wrote about this last week.
“Adams hasn’t done a damn thing,” Giuliani said Sunday.
“So far, he’s the biggest failure of a new mayor in America. He’s the worst failure of any new first-year mayor in New York City in my lifetime.” And that speaks volumes given that Giuliani has seen Bill de Blasio, Abe Beame and David Dinkins hold office.
Citing Adams “Playboy After Dark” penchant for attending social events about town, Giuliani said, “I didn’t go to a Met gala until I got the city under control,” adding “People should stop inviting him to events. Adams should be at City Hall and Gracie Mansion implementing plans that should have been implemented months ago.”
“Crime is up 38 percent. That is a tsunami,” Giuliani said. “Adams has more crime than Bill de Blasio. The city is undeniably more dangerous than it was last year under de Blasio.”
The second story also cited the soaring crime stats as the “elephant in the room” when it comes to Manhattan office workers returning from remote.
Kathryn Wylde — chief of Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit group representing local business leaders — said a new poll shows that just 40% of office workers are commuting to their desks in Manhattan on any given workday.
“There’s no mystery here. No matter what employers do to encourage [their employees to return to the office], … if we can’t solve the public safety problem,” Wylde explained. “If we can’t do that, we are going to see a long-term decline in the presence of folks who are willing to take the subway and come back to the office.”
CoVid showed employers that remote working can be productive, but now it’s not the virus keeping workers home, it’s the constant headlines of serious crime in subways that have office workers fighting bosses on returning.
The 40% office attendance represents a 50% decline from pre-CoVid levels for Manhattan office workers.
“When we asked employers what’s the factor that would be most effective in bringing people back to the office, they said, ‘Reduce the presence of the homeless and mentally ill individuals, and expand police presence on the streets and subways,’” Wylde in an interview.
So while Adams fiddles, Gotham burns.
Even his budget released last month assumed at least 20% of the five boroughs’ office space will remain empty through at least 2026. That’s the stark reality of the situation.
Giuliani also chided Adams on the ex-cop’s get tough on crime stance, by suggesting reporters should look at the current Mayor’s arrest record while on the force.
“I arrested way more criminals than he did,” Giuliani said. “Ask him about his most famous arrest. This guy was a politician who was a member of the police department.”
I, for one, can attest to soaring felonies. Just last week I went to a local store near the office around 2 PM in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to buy something and as I was paying, a man behind me and to my left pulled out a large knife and started waving it at the man behind the register telling him he wanted all the money.
Needless to say I bolted from the store. I know when I work remotely that has a near zero percent chance of happening to me. So can you blame me. Maybe I should get a tuxedo that has “Stop Gun Violence” embroidered on the back as well.