“Ghostbusters” star Rick Moranis, 67, got clocked by a passerby in an I [Heart] NY sweatshirt who punched him in the head without warning. Moranis, stunned, found himself picking himself off the pavement on Central Park West with pain in his head, back and hip.
Isolated incident, or the latest in a worrying trend?
August 23: a 66-year-old man was walking west on West 129th Street when a man came up and smashed him on the back of the head several times with a bottle.
July 27: a 68-year-old woman standing on the L train platform at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street was kicked and struck by a man who then pushed her on the tracks. “Being that he called her a ‘cracker,’ we are thinking it’s just because she’s white,” said the victim’s daughter.
July 17: an 89-year-old woman walking near 16th Avenue and 77th Street in Bensonhurst was slapped by two men who came up behind her. One of them set her shirt on fire with a match or lighter.
June 12: a 92-year-old woman hit her head on a fire hydrant after a man passing by casually shoved her to the ground near Gramercy Park. “When they helped me up, I said ‘what happened’ because I didn’t even know what happened. It was completely out of the blue,” the woman said. Rashid Brimmage, 31, of the Bronx, was later charged in the attack, the 103rd time he’d been arrested in New York City.
June 10: a 78-year-old woman walking in Bushwick was struck in the head by a man walking by. Video of the incident showed the man reacting as though he was the victim of an offense.
Gotta say, not sure that $1.25 billion mental-health program de Blasio set up to give his wife something to do is working out so well. De Blasio’s idea of filling three Upper West Side hotels with derelicts and mentally ill men doesn’t look like such a great idea either. Is it racist or heartless to complain that too many senior citizens and beloved comic actors are getting punched in the head?
Where has BdB himself been throughout all of this? Well, he’s denouncing Donald Trump for complying with federal tax laws such as the Obama policy of allowing deductions for previous years’ business losses (which resulted in Barry writing Donny a $73 million check.)
As for crime, though, whenever Blowhard Bill takes a side it’s usually the criminals’. Last year de Blasio’s “bail reform” launched, and criminals laughed. No bail or pretrial detention for misdemeanors and even lots of felonies? This was better than a get-out-of-jail-free card, it was a never-go-to-jail-in-the-first-place card. Also in 2019 de Blasio started handing out gift cards and Mets tickets to anyone who bothered to show up for a court date. (Not that anyone would risk his freedom for a Mets ticket). De Blasio defended the policy by saying it’s what “experts” wanted. Good thing those guys are infallible.
Oh, and then he cut a billion dollars from the NYPD budget because they’re obviously to blame for what happened a thousand miles away in Minneapolis.
De Blasio is promising a crackdown, though: Just this week he swore he’d go after cops who don’t wear masks. Granny-shovers will meanwhile go about their business, knowing that you can get arrested 103 times without much effect.
Here’s an idea if you want to show us you still care, Billy Blazes: shut down your wife’s billion-dollar boondoggle, reduce her $2 million staff budget by 90 percent and redirect that money to the police. Then convince the cops you’ve got their back, get out of their way and let them do their jobs. That is, if you can squeeze in time for this during those few hours a day when you’re not whining about Donald Trump.