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Bad Old Days
De Blasio’s Christmas Card Trick

Should Mayor de Blasio worry about losing the trust of his city as a whole? Here’s a small detail, but perhaps a telling one, from the New York Post:

A stark reminder of New York City’s bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday , as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue.

An army of the shady gamblers — offering both crooked card and shell games — set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie.[…]

Decades ago, “three-card monte” hustlers were a frequent nuisance around Midtown. But such hustlers were sent into retirement thanks to a crackdown by the NYPD.

The return of the scammers may be a small data point, but it’s a highly visible one to many New Yorkers. As much as major stories like the NYPD officers’ fury with De Blasio can rattle a city, the small ones can too, especially when they add up. If these minor signs of blight accumulate, New York’s Mayor may find himself on even shakier ground.

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  • Anthony

    Implicit in post is “why we need broken windows policing.” City Journal has informative and thorough article on NYPD and de Blasio’s challenges in that area.

  • Jagneel

    so, cops are unhappy there they are not going to do their job? NYPD police union is really a shameless racist organization. Why don’t black officers form a separate union and support the mayor.

    • JR

      NYPD’s racial make-up is pretty representative of the city. Now all of a sudden it is some magical white power institution. Really? I think it’s interesting that there are protests against the police in NYC but not New Orleans, Baltimore, Flint, Detroit, Philadelphia. Back lives only seem to matter when Al Sharpton can get paid.

      • Jagneel

        black lives matter where black lives are lost.

        I wrote ‘NYPD police union’ not NYPD.

        NYPD is diverse but unions are still controlled by Irish-Itallian power structure.

    • Scipio

      When they did their job in the Eric Garner incident, they got attacked as being racist. Now, that they are trying to avoid confrontations over smaller issues that can spark into larger ones, they are racist again. I see what you did there.

      Also, what does it have to do with the police union? It is the individual cop on the street that decides what to do in each situation. So, as much as you want to hide behind using the Union for your attack on the police, no one is buying it. Just admit you hate whites and cops, and get it over with.

  • FriendlyGoat

    It’s not de Blasio’s job to chase out the hustlers of any kind. It is Bratton’s job and that of the NYPD which is now enjoying unprecedented praise for nothing in particular beyond getting two of its officers shot in a car. Given the crap they are unloading on de Blasio’s head, I hope he will turn the tables on them and remind New Yorkers that NYPD more or less runs itself and is responsible for anything going south in the city at any particular minute.

    • Suzyqpie

      “NYPD more or less runs itself,” if that is true, the next question should address the absence of Mayor DeBlasio’s leadership in the organization, NYC, that he was elected to run. Mayor DeBlasio’s competency, strategy, and structure in relation to the operating environment that he has created should be scrutinized. If you will recall the days after 9/11 and the heroic performance of NYPD, the current praise is not unprecedented. Nor is another liberals failure to perform unprecedented.

      • FriendlyGoat

        You are another one who is basically celebrating the murders of two policemen as a “political gift”.

        • Suzyqpie

          Two dean men a Political Gift? That I would celebrate? I thought more of you. I was wrong.

  • Kevin

    1. I’m sort of surprised their (the three card Monte guys) skills haven’t atrophed. Very impressive that they are able to pop back up in such a short period of time.

    2. It will take some sort of (opposition) leader to bring de Blassio’s responsibility for this decline, otherwise the skyrocketing crime rates to come, etc., will just be passed off as bad luck. Is there really a Guilini (or even Bloomberg) on the horizon to hold him accountable?

    • JR

      I agree with you that there will be a material uptick in crime rates, especially in poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods. However, I seriously doubt anyone will just shrug, pass it off as bad luck and move on. Nothing clarifies the mind more than staring at the business end of a gun that some thug is holding to your face.

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