Where have you gone, Bill de Blasio?



Reports of NYC’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Far from becoming a crime-ridden hellscape, NYC’s actual numbers of murders and robberies are on a pace that is not only down from 10 years ago, which was eight years into Mike Bloomberg’s term as Mayor, but they’re almost half as much as they were at the end of the Giuliani administration, when people thought NYC crime had been "cleaned up".

Our current coronavirus case counts make us one of the safest cities to be in the entire country. While our elected leaders have taken a big victory lap on how far we’ve come, the real heroes are NYC’s own residents, who have been, for the most part, excellent at being responsible. Any narrative that puts our leadership at the center of our recovery largely erases their ineptitude in the early days of the pandemic.

I’m not writing this to look back, but to look forward—to acknowledge that while New York City isn’t the disaster area the NY Post would have you believe it to be, it has some really serious problems that it needs to dig out of—much of it economic, but under the covers, systemic.

This problem set is an opportunity for Mayor Bill de Blasio, normally New York City’s easiest man to find in a crowd, to show up as a leader.

Unfortunately, he has become the Big Apple’s biggest missing person—literally. People who work in government that deal with the Mayor’s office have said off the record that (Read more...)