New York City is one murder away from matching the high murder total of 2020.
New York City is just one more Grubhub deliveryman, one more Times Square pedestrian, one more subway commuter or one more teenage boy away from a grim milestone: surpassing last year’s murder total, after a record-high increase in 2020.
Last year, many Wise People said, “Don’t worry.” Murder was up because of the pandemic, don’t you know. But it was time to worry then — and it is time to panic now.
During 2020, New York’s murder rate shot up by 47 percent, to 468, from 319 the year before. That was the biggest one-year increase the city has ever seen, by far. The closest it ever got before was in 1968, when murders rose 32 percent from the previous year, and in 1971, when they rose 31 percent.
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