"Last week, the N.Y.P.D. made a cheerful and unexpected announcement: on Monday, November 26th, for “the first time in memory,” there hadn’t been a shooting, stabbing, or slashing anywhere in the five boroughs. (One man, a teen-ager from the Bronx, shot himself in the leg by accident; that didn’t count.) There was almost certainly weaponless violence last Monday, and it goes without saying that there’s been plenty of violence the rest of the year. But it’s also true that the city is less violent now than it’s been for nearly fifty years. In 1990, there were two thousand two hundred and forty-five murders in New York. This year, there are likely to be fewer than four hundred."
— Throughout the nineteen-nineties, The New Yorker
tracked this extraordinary turnaround. Joshua Rothman
takes a look back: http://nyr.kr/WJCcvW