NYC Crime: Major crimes spike 23 percent in 2022, murders down by double digits

NYC Crime: Major crimes spike 23 percent in 2022, murders down by double digits

LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) — Major crimes in New York City spiked 23 percent this year – driven by a sharp increase in carjackings, robberies, and burglaries. Police say repeat offenders are fueling the surge. One highlight – shootings and murders are down by double digits. However, youth violence remains a growing problem. “Who’s firing a … Read more

Title 42 stays in place for now; NYC says feds need to help cities

Title 42 stays in place for now; NYC says feds need to help cities

Title 42 remains in place The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Tuesday to keep Title 42 in place for now. That means the federal government can continue to expel asylum-seekers at the border. A spokesperson for the mayor said City Hall will “closely monitor the situation.” NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court voted … Read more

Predictions! Experts Look Ahead to 2023 in New York Politics

Predictions! Experts Look Ahead to 2023 in New York Politics

New Year’s Eve revelers (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) As we usually do around this time of year, Gotham Gazette asked New York politicos to look into their crystal balls for predictions for the year ahead. Below you’ll find insights from elected officials, advocates, consultants, analysts, and others who are tuned in to New York politics. … Read more

Miniature artist Danny Cortes recreates gritty New York street scenes

Miniature artist Danny Cortes recreates gritty New York street scenes

With his nimble fingers and child-like enthusiasm, Danny Cortes recreates in miniature the hip-hop-infused street scenes of a gritty New York. But what began as a hobby has since brought him fame in the rap community and profitable sales even at Sotheby’s prestigious auction house. “We are adults, but we never stopped being kids,” the … Read more

NYC crime: Woman struck in head by stray bullet, killed while walking to supermarket in Inwood, Manhattan

NYC crime: Woman struck in head by stray bullet, killed while walking to supermarket in Inwood, Manhattan

INWOOD, Manhattan (WABC) — A family in Inwood is grieving the loss of a mother, wife and grandmother the day after Christmas. Valeria Ortega, 64, was on a walk to the supermarket at 11:30 a.m. Monday when she was killed. Police are looking for two people who fled on a moped who fired shots at … Read more

The 20 Most-Read Op-Eds Published by Gotham Gazette in 2022

The 20 Most-Read Op-Eds Published by Gotham Gazette in 2022

New Yorkers have a lot to say (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor’s Office) Gotham Gazette publishes a wide range of guest op-ed columns by a diverse set of voices. Below are the 20 most-read op-eds published by Gotham Gazette in 2021. Please note that the opinions expressed in these and other guest columns are those of the authors alone … Read more

World’s largest menorah lit in NYC’s Central Park to celebrate final night of Hanukkah

World’s largest menorah lit in NYC’s Central Park to celebrate final night of Hanukkah

CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) — It wasn’t just Christmas this Sunday. In a rare coincidence, the day also marked the final night of Hanukkah. That means all the candles were lit on menorahs, including the world’s largest one at the southern end of Central Park. The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Asaf Zamir took part … Read more

JetBlue Flight 662 from Barbados evacuated at JFK International Airport due to smoking phone charger, FAA says

JetBlue Flight 662 from Barbados evacuated at JFK International Airport due to smoking phone charger, FAA says

QUEENS, New York (WABC) — Emergency responders swarmed and evacuated a JetBlue flight at JFK International Airport due to a smoking phone charger, according to officials. The incident took place at JFK Airport’s Terminal 5 after JetBlue Flight 662 landed safely around 8:40 p.m. on Saturday. The FAA initially said the flight crew reported a … Read more