Members of the extreme-left Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement carried banners reading “Death to America” and “Free All Political Prisoners” during a New York City street protest Friday, before smashing windows and igniting a dumpster fire as police declared the event an unlawful assembly.
Clothed in “black bloc” gear to conceal their identities, members of the group chanted “every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground,” with some pumping their fists as others waved black flags complete with the red star of communism.
As the demonstration dragged on, it descended into chaos, setting a similar stage to the riots that have plagued New York City and the nation for much of the summer. According to a next-morning news report, members of the riotous mob caused more than $100,000 in damage as they raged their way through the Lower Manhattan neighborhood, lighting a dumpster aflame, smashing windows, and vandalizing storefronts with graffiti. Among their victims were a Starbucks, a Duane Reed Drugstore, and several banks.
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While mainstream media outlets like the New York Times largely neglected to cover the goings-on in Rochester, New York, last night, independent and local reporters were on the scene to document the chaos as agitator-fueled unrest engulfed yet another small post-industrial American city.
One reporter who was on-hand to document the scene tweeted video of a gang of “peaceful Black Lives Matter activists” barging into a restaurant, terrifying diners, flipping chairs and screaming at people. Apparently, they did this to multiple establishments across town.
Hilton Times Square is the latest causality of the virus-induced downturn that has crushed the global hospitality industry.
A filing with the New York State Department of Labor on Aug. 31 said the iconic 478-room hotel situated on 234 West 42nd Street would ‘permanently close’ on Oct. 1.
WSJ reached out to Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., the real estate investment trust which manages the hotel for more color on the upcoming closing.
A Sunstone spokesperson responded in an emailed statement by indicating the filing to New York state officials “was not intended to imply that there is a permanent closure.”
The spokesperson said the filing was intended to inform state officials that layoffs would be seen in the coming months as a result of the closing, adding that a “definitive reopening date has not been determined or established and will be impacted by negotiations with our lender, as well as market conditions.”
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Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, has figured out that the doom and gloom over rampant violence and lawlessness in the largest US city is unfounded hysteria over a “nonexistent crisis.”
All he needed to find the truth of the matter and prove the alarmists wrong was to go for a jog in the city Wednesday morning. “Am sorry to report that I saw very few black-clad anarchists,” Krugman tweeted after his run. “Also, the city is not yet in flames.”
Based on that conclusion, Krugman speculated on whether President Donald Trump could win over voters by “hammering on a nonexistent crisis of order in America’s cities.” He added, “You would think not, but I’m not 100 percent confident.” He capped a long string of tweets by saying it’s “important to realize that claims of urban anarchy are almost entirely fantasy.”
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President Trump on Wednesday signed a memo ordering federal agencies to defund “anarchist jurisdictions” including New York City, Seattle and Portland.
The New York Post reported:
President Trump is ordering the federal government to begin the process of defunding New York City and three other cities where officials allowed “lawless” protests and cut police budgets amid rising violent crime, The Post can exclusively reveal.
Trump on Wednesday signed a five-page memo ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected.
New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle and Portland are initial targets as Trump makes “law and order” a centerpiece of his reelection campaign after months of unrest and violence following the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.
The pandemic-induced summer of escape from New York continues at a moment violent crime is on the rise, restaurant and public venue closures make the city less appealing, public transit is reeling in debt, and remote working set-ups are giving those with means greater mobility.
More worrisome trends… or rather signs of the times signalling that for many the gentrified Big Apple has as one family recently put it reached its “expiration date.”
Two separate NY Times reports on Sunday detailed that moving companies are so busy they’re in an unprecedented situation of having to turn people away, while simultaneously the suburbs are witnessing an explosion in demand “unlike any in recent memory.”
And then there’s fresh data showing that during the pandemic Americans are fast getting the hell out of the more expensive “real estate meccas” of New York and New Jersey.
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A Catholic church in New York City is being criticized for hosting a Black Lives Matter prayer session where white congregants were asked to renounce their “white privilege” in the name of “racial justice.”
During the prayer reportedly held Sunday, St. Xavier Catholic Church worshippers repeated the words of Father Kenneth Boller, who had festooned the stage with giant portraits of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
“Do you affirm that white privilege is unfair and is harmful to those that have it and those who do not? Yes,” Fr. Boller says, going on to have parishioners condemn white supremacy.
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A New York City man who was caught on camera allegedly attempting to rape a 25-year-old woman on an Upper East Side subway platform has been arrested, authorities said.
Detectives with the 23rd Precinct took Jose Reyes, a Bronx resident, into custody on Sunday at 12:29pm at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 105th Street in East Harlem.
He has been charged with attempted rape, assault and harassment.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said during a press conference that police used the NYPD’s facial recognition program to identify Reyes.
The program matched an image of Reyes’ face to a previous mugshot he acquired earlier this year from a criminal mischief arrest.
Harrison also said that three tips reported to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline helped locate Reyes.
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“We need to hear you RESIGNED as Mayor of NYC,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said Friday on his Twitter account. “We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down,” added Mullins. Doesn’t get any more specific than that.
Mullins’ tweet came after de Blasio trashed the 2020 Republican National Convention and the president in his own Twitter post. “What did we need to hear this week? Plans to fight COVID-19 and get Americans back to work” said de Blasio from his official @NYCMayor account. “What did we hear? Lies about the greatest city in the world and one of the most diverse places on Earth. Because @realDonaldTrump is afraid of diversity. He’s afraid of true greatness,” wrote de Blasio.
The Mayor’s press secretary Bill Neidhardt jumped into the Twitter battle to defend his boss. “Ed Mullins and RNC speaker Pat Lynch do not represent the views of most New Yorkers, let alone rank-and-file.” Neidhardt then added the empty, baseless attack that is Democrats’ go-to remark when they are unable to retort the president on substance of content. Speaking about Mullins and Lynch, Neidhardt wrote, “they’re a disgrace to the labor movement. Their embrace of a racist President shows how ill-equipped they are to serve a diverse city and a majority-minority force.”
Last weekend we detailed how over a mere three day period from Aug.13 through Aug.15, a whopping 49 people were shot, which was five times more than the eight who were shot during the same 72 hours last year, according to data in the Washington Examiner.
And tragically the trend appears not some aberration but signals the city is fast becoming a war zone now with another deadly subsequent weekend. NYPD sources and local media already count more than 30 people shot so far this weekend.
This brings NYC to more than 1,000 total shooting incidents across the city year to date, already double all of last year, and the summer is not even over — a summer which ironically has witnessed a supposed heightened consciousness and awareness of police shootings of black Americans given the ongoing George Floyd and Black Lives Matters protests.