Here’s an economic-development idea for Gotham’s political class: How about we stop shooting and stabbing our tourists?
In the past few months, visitors from Kansas to Belgium have braved a pandemic and lockdowns to visit our city — and the Big Apple has repaid their love with violent crime.
The latest victim is Chris Ruby of Kansas City, who came into town as part of his 2021 goal of seeing a baseball game in every stadium. After taking in a Mets game last week, Ruby was on Eighth Avenue, walking from Penn Station to his hotel, when a stray bullet wounded him. A week earlier, a young couple and their baby from Belgium were walking in Lower Manhattan when a madman attacked them, slashing all three.
All four victims of these two attacks survived. Ethan Williams, 20, wasn’t so “lucky.” Last October, the Hoosier was sitting on the stoop of his Airbnb in Bushwick when he, too, was hit by a stray bullet. He died immediately.
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