New York City was a sewer pit of crime and vice in the 1970s. The city was also on the verge of bankruptcy for a while, under Democratic Mayor Abraham Beame.
Then new management came in, starting in 1994: first Rudy Giuliani, and then Mike Bloomberg. Giuliani is a Republican, and Mike Bloomberg was a sort-of Republican.
Giuliani and Bloomberg both took no-nonsense approaches to crime. This had its downsides, of course. (Michael Bloomberg is presently under fire for statements he made about “stop and frisk” policies in minority neighborhoods in 2015.)
Both mayors, however, “cleaned up” New York. As recently as the early 1990s, New York City was no place you wanted to visit. It was a big, East Coast version of Detroit. Under Giuliani and Bloomberg, though, crime rates in NYC dropped dramatically, to among the lowest in the nation for any major city.
Then leftwing Democrat Bill DeBlasio was elected in 2013. DeBlasio openly disdains the police.
As John Podhoretz explains in a piece in the New York Post, DeBlasio’s policies and ideology are bearing fruit–of the rotten kind: Crime is on the rise in New York City, and the general environment is reverting to the chaos and squalor that characterized New York in the 1970s.
Podhoretz is a lifelong New Yorker, and he’s seen crime in the Big Apple rise, then fall, and now (under Bill DeBlasio) rise again.