New York City’s rampant crime and drug abuse has continued to spiral with drug addicts shooting up in broad daylight and homeless perverts hassling subway commuters, leaving residents and tourists horrified.
In Manhattan’s busy Union Square, two women were spotted shooting up drugs on the stairs near the subway station, while a homeless man was seen touching himself while sitting on the steps of the Prince St subway station in trendy Soho at 10am in the morning.
Photos and videos show the scantily-clad pair in Union Square – one with electric blue hair – casually injecting themselves with an unknown substance next to a Citi bike. Despite sitting behind a structure, the vagrant duo could be seen by horrified tourists and passersby as they injected themselves with drugs.
The were shooting up with the syringe for nearly 30 minutes, and no one questioned or attempted to tell law enforcement, according to witnesses.
In Soho, a homeless man in a black jacket, shot eerie looks at people walking up the steps of the subway as he touched himself inappropriately. He refused to move from the spot despite innocent bystanders realizing what he was doing.
The horrific scenes come despite NYC Mayor Eric Adam’s vow to crackdown on homelessness and crime in the city, which is up nearly 40 percent from last year.
New Yorkers have been growing weary over the latest spike in violence and crimes on the city streets and subways – as well as the widespread looting and physical altercations in many neighborhoods.
Vagrancy has also been on the rise in the city, with Adams ordering wave after wave of officers to take down homeless encampments throughout the city since March.
Photos and videos show the scantly-clad pair in Union Square – one with electric blue hair – casually injecting themselves with an unknown substance next to a Citi bike
The pervert was sitting on the steps of the subway touching himself inappropriately while people exited the station
The vagrants were seen doing drugs in broad daylight for nearly 30 minutes – without law enforcement getting involved
The babbling man, wearing a black jacket, shot eerie looks at people walking up the steps of the subway as he touched himself inappropriately
Parts of the city are said to have become ’24-hour drug and sex dens’ as delinquents take to the streets to deal and do drugs.
In Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood, children have allegedly become exposed to nudity, sex acts and drug use while business owners deal with constant break-ins.
Some said they are begging city officials and the police department to do something.
In May, photos and video of the men lying on Park Avenue between East 115th Street and East 116 Street outside a popular marketplace showed men casually using needles to inject drugs into their arms.
The men were seen sitting underneath the railway surrounded by bags of their belongings and an overturned Citi bike, and photos of the block the following day show even more men shooting up drugs at the site.
Police did nothing about the odd man sitting on the subway steps, despite being in New York’s busy SoHo area
The pair, who were injecting themselves with a syringe in broad daylight in Manhattan’s busy Union Square
Union Square is one of New York’s busy subway stations – surrounded by shops and grocery stores. The duo, not pictured, were caught using drugs in broad daylight
The latest incidents come days after a thug slashed a stranger in the stomach in an unprovoked attack in Midtown Manhattan.
The assailant, who has not been identified, was walking on 135 West 36 St in New York when he attacked the 34-year-old victim from behind – leaving them with a deep abdominal wound.
Recently, a woman leaving her job at IHOP in the city’s Gramercy area was murdered in an execution-style killing by the father of one of her children.
Imani Armstrong was shot in the heat on a street corner near Union Square.
Clarkson Wilson, 44, was arrested for the heinous crime. He faces murder charges as well as two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
One man who entered the store with the cart left the Lululemon store filling the basket with clothing
Seven men were pictured at the same spot taking drugs together in East Harlem in May
One of the men removed his shoe so he could inject his foot in order to get high at the small but popular marketplace
Two men were pictured on May 28 taking drugs out in the open in East Harlem’s La Marqueta marketplace
In August, New York City’s most prolific criminal, with 167 arrests on his record, appeared in court after being caught stealing 48 items worth $450 from an Upper East Side Rite Aid.
DailyMail.com cameras were at Manhattan Supreme Court as Jamel Pringle, 39, was notably denied bail for the first time despite New York’s woke bail reform laws.
Police had previously joked that, due to the controversial laws that only offered bail for serious offenses, Pringle had amassed ‘frequent flier miles.’
Pringle has one felony conviction, 88 misdemeanors and another 39 citations for failing to appear in court. The next closest offender in New York City has just 101 arrests.
In February, Pringle was arrested on an early Monday morning for taking 48 items worth over $430 from a Rite Aid on Second Avenue near East 96th Street on New York City’s Upper East Side.
A string of West Village and SoHo clothing robberies were coordinated by one suspect, the NYPD reports. All of the break ins took place from July 3 until July 23, often between closing times. These stores are: Loro Piana, Christian Louboutin, A.P.C., Scotch Soda, Rag & Bone, Meermin Shoes and Bonobos
Horrifying surveillance footage shows the victim, 52, crumpling to the floor as he is attacked from behind
And posh stores in the city’s West Village and SoHo have also become rampant with thieves in recent months – including when a gang of seven were recorded calmly walking out of Lululemon with $30,000 worth of gear.
They entered the store on 14th Street and 9th Avenue with empty carts and laundry bags while the guard casually glanced over as they grabbed piles of clothing on August 16.
The brazen robbers, targeting the posh West Village neighborhood, rushed out of the store with their finds – without being apprehended by the security guard.
Store surveillance footage showed the thieves walk in and out the store around noon – looting thousands of dollars worth of merchandise as the seemingly unbothered guard, dressed in a white shirt and black tie, stood by.
But violence is also on the up in NYC.
A warped ‘knockout’ game which sees violent criminals punch strangers for fun is feared to have made a comeback in the crime-ridden city.
Almost 20 of the violent and apparently motive-less knockout game incidents have been reported to the NYPD so far this year, including a Bronx man who almost died after being punched to the ground outside a restaurant.
An unprovoked attack caught on camera on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan’s premier shopping district
The assailant in south Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Mall plants his left foot and wallops his target squarely in the left cheek
The victim appeared to be knocked out standing and fell to the ground without bracing for impact
Other knockout game victims include a 36 year-old man filmed being knocked out cold after being whacked over the head at a Brooklyn mall, and a 74 year-old woman slapped to the sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan earlier last month.
Most notably, convicted sex offender and reputed ‘Born To Kill’ gang member Bui Van Phu was caught on surveillance video knocking a man out cold in a senseless attack outside a Bronx restaurant.
On August 12, 2022, just before 11 p.m. black and white surveillance camera footage shows Jesus Cortes, 52, standing outside the Fuego Tipico Restaurant on East 188 Street, congregating with family.
Out of nowhere, Phu, who was convicted of a gunpoint rape of a 17-year-old girl in 1994, is seen on the video winding up behind Cortes and slugging him in the side of the head.
Cortes, who never saw the punch coming, crumples to the sidewalk, fracturing his skull. Doctors induced a coma to help with the swelling and after a dicey few weeks, he was finally taken off a respirator.