For the First Time in 20 Years, New York's Crime Rate Is on the Rise

While Bloomberg brags about his record, the city's crime rate is on the rise

Kofi Boateng, the director of the West Harlem Development Corporation, says the money is now available. He is just waiting for proposals and a sign-off by the city housing authority. "We have a deep interest in improving security, helping young people get jobs, job training, and keeping them in school to reduce the violence," he says.

There is some urgency, Haynes says. "It's been a year since Tayshana Murphy's murder, and since then, there's been no gang-intervention program initiated," he says. "I just don't understand how we as responsible adults and community leaders can act as if there's nothing wrong. Are we waiting for more kids to be gunned down?"

Last year, Tayshana Murphy of the Grant Houses—a promising basketball player—was shot and killed.
C.S. Muncy
Last year, Tayshana Murphy of the Grant Houses—a promising basketball player—was shot and killed.
West Harlem has seen renewed violence and feuding between the Grant and Manhattanville public housing complexes.
C.S. Muncy
West Harlem has seen renewed violence and feuding between the Grant and Manhattanville public housing complexes.

grayman@villagevoice.com

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