By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, October 10, 2022
Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. High 67 degrees.
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The Rag reported two crimes in the past week and now the New York City Police Department press office has asked us to post a “request for the public’s assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of multiple individuals” involved in a robbery on September 11. The request comes a month after the incident occurred.
Must we post it? Must we embed another grainy photograph of very young men caught on security cameras on the “front page” of the Rag?
If we do, several things will happen: We’ll get a lot of “clicks,” because WSR readers are interested in crime. Then, the comments will begin. Among those about the deterioration of the city, the homeless, the mentally ill, bail reform, and Alvin Bragg will be some accusing us of fostering the fear of rising crime by publishing these stories; of including the perp’s race — or not including the perp’s race; of flying in the face of our own reporting, which recently showed through hard statistics that crime is down — at least over the past few decades. But what about the past few days? Posting it will undoubtedly make some of our readers anxious, angry, sad.
But if we don’t post it, we risk aiding the alleged robbers, helping them evade capture. We risk censoring the news, because it doesn’t make us feel good. Unfortunately, a lot of it doesn’t these days. We risk depriving readers of information that could help them stay safe. We wonder if these police requests for the public’s help ever really help. We decide they must — and we must.
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“On Sunday, September 11, 2022, at approximately 5:10am, inside Riverside Park near the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and West 62 Street, a 22-year-old male was walking with a group of approximately four individuals who he met earlier that same day at a restaurant,” the police report recounted. “While walking, the individuals began punching the victim multiple times about the body before removing his cellphone, jewelry, and wallet. The victim’s wallet contained assorted credit/debit cards and approximately $150. The individuals fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim sustained bruising and lacerations to his back. EMS responded and transported the victim to Mount Sinai West in stable condition.
“Later that same day, two individuals (pictured below) used one of the victim’s credit cards to make two separate purchases at a nearby deli. It is unclear at this time if these two individuals were a part of the original robbery.”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.
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Finally, NPR tells the story of San Juan Hill — the Black and Puerto Rican neighborhood demolished to create Lincoln Center, and the inspiration for San Juan Hill: A New York Story, the original music written by composer/performer Etienne Charles for the re-opening of David Geffen Hall last Saturday. Read Peggy Taylor’s description of the hall and performance here.
Have a good holiday!