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December 13th, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:

“Someone Remake ‘Escape from New York,’ Please.”

—Film writer Gerardo Valero, Roger Ebert.com, December 5th.

“Manhattan Apartment Rents Drop for a Third Straight Month.”

— Headline at Bloomberg.com (appropriately enough), yesterday.

Meanwhile, “Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a ‘progressive movement’ was sweeping the nation,” the New York Observer’s spinoff “Politicker” Website reports today. The backlash in response in the article’s comment section is astonishing and well worth your time perusing — but hey, Newsweek assured me the country had already gone full socialist, back in January of 2009. They were telling the truth, right?

I swear, if I thought Newsweek was lying to me, I’d flush my copy down the toilet at once!

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William Bratton's going to be the canary in the Fun City coal mine here -- de Blasio reappointed him in order to quell the fears that he was going to take the city's policing back to the pre-Giuliani years (a hire that likely wouldn't have been made if not for Bratton's acrimonious split with Giuliani over who deserved most of the credit for the crime rate going into free-fall). But hiring Bratton and letting him run his department without interference may be two entirely different things.

When (not 'if') some incident happens that pits the usual gang of professional political activists against NYPD, which side will the new mayor come down on? Bratton was able to co-exist for a while with Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, but that situation was more in line with Bratton coming in back in '94, when there was no place to go but up for New York's crime situation -- in this case, he's coming in for the second time in his career to replace Ray Kelly, but he replaced him 20 years ago after Kelly had made only the smallest of dents in the disastaous David Dinkins-Lee Brown tenure; this time he replaces Kelly with the city's crime rate at its lowest level in almost six decades. I doubt Bratton's going to want to be the guy who took the city out of the Dinkins years and then brought it back again if de Blasio simply wants him around for PR window dressing.
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