Comedy icon Caroline Hirsch is the latest New Yorker to condemn the city’s plight.
The owner of the famous comedy club Caroline’s on Broadway recently noticed the “weed smell” that seems to be “on every damn corner” in town.
“I mean, I’m very susceptible to smelling it…not that I smoked weed, but I’m an ex-cigarette smoker,” she said.
In particular, Hirsch complained about the current state of Times Square – the location of her comedy club – which she says has deteriorated in recent years.
Caroline Hirsch – owner of the famous comedy club Caroline’s on Broadway – condemned the state of New York City. She complained of increasing crime and the stench of weed on every corner
Recreational cannabis use has been legal in New York State since August 2021 – although there are currently few ways to legally purchase the drug
Hirsch’s club has hosted many huge comedians over the past year and is responsible for the start of the A-list careers of artists such as Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld
Recreational cannabis has been legal in New York for over a year, but as of August 2022, recreational cannabis will no longer be legal for sale in the state – with no Native American reservations.
Despite marijuana possession being legal, its rampantness on the streets of New York City isn’t something many city dwellers celebrate.
Cannabis users are currently allowed to smoke anywhere cigarette users are allowed to smoke – but not in vehicles and not in outdoor dining areas.
But the odor, which is strong and spreads quickly, has prompted some New Yorkers to advocate for further restrictions on the drug’s use — just as alcohol is legal to consume, but not in public.
Hirsch added that crime in general is thriving in New York City, “and certainly bail reform hasn’t helped,” she said, citing a progressive soft-on-crime policy that targets violent, repeat offenders. allowed to roam the streets.
Crime in NYC has risen dramatically since the bail reform bill was first passed in 2019 under then-Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In the past year alone, the city’s overall crime rate has risen nearly 30% — something New Yorkers have noticed as the midterm elections approach.
Phanor received questions from reporters as he was escorted out, but did not confirm or answer them
Even among progressives, the feeling that the city is much less safe than it used to be runs deep.
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle recently told incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul that New Yorkers “don’t feel safe.”
“You may be working closely with Mayor Adams, you may have spent a lot of money, but I walk into my pharmacy and everything is locked from shoplifters.
‘I’m not taking the subway. People don’t feel safe in this city. So maybe you’ve done these things. But right now we don’t feel well. We’re afraid we could be San Francisco?’ she said.
Hochul replied that she has been working to tackle the rise in crime, which has been an unsatisfactory response to Ruhle.
“It doesn’t matter what happens in other cities or other states. The reason people don’t feel safe in New York is why they start saying Kathy Hochul could be the right governor, right? It doesn’t really matter what happens in Pennsylvania or San Francisco, you have to get votes from the New Yorkers. And safety is our top priority,’ says the host.
Hochul’s Republican opponent, Congresswoman Lee Zeldin, has pledged to reverse bail reform on his first day in office.
In recent weeks, New York City has been grabbing headlines plaguing violent crime as subway shovings and brutal sexual assaults have become somewhat commonplace.
In the latest shocking incident, a woman was jogging at Pier 45, near West and Christopher Streets in the West Village, around 5:30 a.m. earlier this week when Carl Phanor, 29, grabbed her from behind and strangled her until she passed. used to be. from.
Phanor, who has 25 charges and is wanted for at least two other sex crimes, then took off her clothes, raped her and fled the scene on a CitiBike carrying her headphones, cell phone and wallet.
The shocked victim was spotted by a fellow jogger and first responders took her to a nearby hospital.
Phanor is also wanted for an attempted rape in October, and the sexual assault of another jogger long Pier 40 in March.