Unz Review | May 5, 2023
Statistically, NYC still isn’t all that dangerous. But because the point of NYC is to take public transportation, even a small amount of chaos on the sidewalks and in transit imposes huge psychological stresses on innocent commuters compared to cities where everybody commutes in locked Ford F-150s.
But making commuting in NYC more civilized doesn’t sound that hard.
It’s common in NYC for dangerous loons to have a long paper trail in the media. For example, years before the “Free Hugs Guy” Jeremy Himmelstein went viral for video of punching a Canadian girl in Times Square, the NYT and many other outlets had warned about him. The Free Hugs guy was such a pest in Times Square and Washington Square Park in 2012-2016 that he is portrayed in the “Angry Birds” movie.
I live 3000 miles away, but a woman I know was punched in the head by Jeremy in the 42nd St. subway station. The NYPD said in effect, “Whaddaya whaddaya, we already arrested him 15 times. They’ll just let him out again.”
Similarly, the paranoid schizophrenic who punched out 5’4″ 67-year-old retired comic actor Rick Moranis walking down the street in Manhattan had been arrested six times previously just in 2020 for attacking random people.