Gotham Gazette

The Place for New York Policy and politics

hate crimes

hate crimes

  • The Rise in Asian Hate is Taking a Mental Toll on New York’s Asian and Pacific Islander Community

    Stop Asian Hate rally (photo: Gerardo Romo/City Council)

    As doctors, we have seen the horrific impact of COVID-19, including the adverse effects of our society's socioeconomic divides, social injustices, and widespread racism during this same period. These social ills coupled with the profound health impact the pandemic has had on our nation have intensified the mental health crisis facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Xenophobia in the United States exploded in the early months of the pandemic and has shown us that what followed the onset of the pandemic

  • In This Moment, New York Needs The AAPI Equity Budget

    Gov. Hochul at a rally (photo: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

    Over the past two years, Asian Americans have learned to look over our shoulders on the subway platform and keep one earbud out as we walk down the street. An onslaught of anti-Asian hate incidents has instilled fear in our community, from our children to our elders, influencing how we go about our daily lives.


    ‘Our Community Is Incredibly Angry’: Asian American Federation President Jo-Ann Yoo on Anti-Asian Violence

    "Stop Asian Hate" (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    “Right now our community is incredibly, incredibly angry,” said Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, a New York City-based nonprofit, duringa recent appearance on Gotham Gazette’s Max Politics podcast. “We feel ignored. We feel unseen,” Yoo said, discussing the rise in

  • Max Politics Podcast: Asian-American New Yorkers Fight To Be Seen

    Jo-Ann Yoo of the Asian American Federation (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    March 2, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Asian-American New Yorkers Fight To Be Seen

    Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, joined the show to discuss how Asian-American New Yorkers are dealign with a spate of hate crimes and violence, how that trend can be stopped, a broader agenda for supporting and empowering Asian-American New Yorkers, what she recently asked of Mayor Eric Adams, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on

  • In the Face of Anti-Asian Violence, We Want Budget Justice

    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    A remembrance for Michelle Alyssa Go (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, 40-year-old Michelle Alyssa Go was pushed from the Times Square subway platform to her death. This tragedy follows a year that saw a 361% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes and came less than two weeks after ...

  • What Prosecutors Must Do To Fight Anti-Semitism

    protect non schools

    Security at a yeshivah (photo: Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

    A newly-released report by the Anti-Defamation League paints a stark and troubling picture: anti-Semitism is on the rise, with incidents of assault seeing the largest increase. Rising ...

  • ‘We Put Them in the Jewish Community to Protect Our People’: City and State Add Permanent Security Cameras to Combat Rise in Anti-Semitism

    attends sec brief

    the Mayor, the NYPD & cameras (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office)

    In response to an increase in reported anti-Semitic hate crimes and violent attacks, New York City and State are simultaneously implementing a permanent increase in surveillance in several predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities.

    The new surveillance technology -- including 100 new NYPD cameras and state-funded cameras and license plate readers -- comes after high-profile attacks in Jersey City and Monsey in the final weeks of 2019 and a multi-year increase in reported hate

  • City's New Office of Hate Crime Prevention Takes on Rise in Anti-Semitic Acts

    de Blasio anti-semitism hate crimes

    Mayor de Blasio, Deborah Lauter, & others (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    The past few years have seen a rise in hate crimes nationwide, and the trend has been the same in New York State and New York City, where the NYPD just reported a 20% increase in hate crimes, most of them anti-Semitic, in 2019 compared to 2018.

    There were 428 reported hate crimes in New York City in 2019, 234 of them anti-Semitic, with the vast majority of those incidents of graffiti, including drawn swastikas, according to NYPD data. But

  • Max & Murphy Podcast: The Rise in Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

    rise anti semitic

    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    January 22, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: The Rise in Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

    headshot1 dgFormer City Council Member David Greenfield, now CEO of Met Council, joined the show to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, how it has impacted Orthodox Jewish communities, what is being done about the troubling trend and what else needs to

  • Max & Murphy Podcast: How the City is Addressing a Rise in Hate Crimes

    rise hate cr

    (photo: Mayor's office)

    January 22, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: How the City is Addressing a Rise in Hate Crimes

    deborahDeborah Lauter, executive director of the city's new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, joined the show to discuss the rise of hate crimes, especially anti-Semitic hate crimes, what the city is doing about it, and what her new office plans to do long-term to address the

  • Surveillance and the City: Security Theater’s Steep Price

    police basic school grad 203rd

    (photo: Governor's Office)

    The fear is real. Like so many Jewish New Yorkers, I felt that pang of dread and revulsion when I heard about the deadly shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City. And, as the seemingly endless list of attacks grew, so did my concern about how our community was being targeted. And then, as we prepared to welcome a new decade, this age old bigotry took terrifying new form in the ...

  • NYPD's 'High Arrest Rate' for Hate Crimes is About 42%

    comm shea ed

    Mayor de Blasio & NYPD Commissioner Shea (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Hate crimes in the city have skyrocketed over the last three years, to the point that the City Council passed a bill to create an Office of Hate Crime Prevention and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced the creation of a new unit in the NYPD to tackle the problem. But, as the number of complaints about incidents of hate have risen, arrest rates are generally flat at just over 40%, even as the mayor and NYPD commissioner say they are “consistently” capturing those responsible at a “high

  • How to Address Anti-Semitism in New York City, and Beyond

    mayor bdb crimes

    (photo: Ed Reed and Paige Polk/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Like so many Jews, we are horrified and dismayed at the recent attacks on visibly Jewish people in New York City, in particular Hasidic and Haredi men. Anti-Semitic violence is on the upswing in the U.S. and in our