Great news: New statistics show that New York City experienced the lowest crime rate in August, September and October since at least 1994 and the rate is down 7.9 percent for the last three months as compared to the same period last year, the Daily News reports.
Total crime, which focuses on the "seven majors" — murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto — is down 7.9 percent for the last three months, as compared to the same period last year, data reveal.
"The reality of this city is that the city is getting safer and it's getting safer because the cops are focusing on what they do and by and large are not paying attention to the left or to the right, which is appropriate," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
He says the record lows are proof that the city is on a good path and that liberal and conservative critics need to back off.
Other surveys show that, in addition to a decrease in crime, unemployment is down and the city's budget surplus is growing bigger.
Yes, quality of life is getting better, according to these surveys...
But why doesn't it feel like it?
In Central Brooklyn, for example, crime is up over the past three months, compared to last year at this time. Rents are skyrocketing; the city's roads and infrastructure are crumbling and dated (potholes haven't been fixed since last winter and it's almost winter again), and the cost of transportation in the city is about to go up again.