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.