Crime in NYC parks rose 7 percent last year over 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports
. In actual numbers, this doesn't seem so alarming: there were 23 more felonies in 34 of the city's largest parks in 2012, and a spokesman for the mayor sought to downplay the statistics' significance. BUT. He said the uptick was generally the fault of three parks, one of which was our own Prospect Park: there were 26 robberies there last year, compared with eight the year before, meaning that thefts "more than tripled." This might be a case of criminals snatching smartphones, as the Journal
found one woman whose Blackberry was plucked from her hands as she walked her dog. How to account for the uptick in felony assaults in Dyker Beach Park, to five in 2012 from one the year before, is anyone's guess.
But that's not the only "alarming" recent statistic.
Below the fold on the Greater New York section of the Journal
, the paper reports
that the number of homeless people living on the streets rose in Brooklyn by 52 percent
in 2012 compared to the year before, the highest jump in the city. (In the Bronx it was 47 percent; in Manhattan, 23 percent.) The statistics are reported in an article about how people are angry at Bloomberg because he said "nobody's sleeping on the streets." He didn't seem to mean this literally—it's been taken out of context—but, you know, mayors have to choose their words carefully. [photo
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