I have lived in New York for most of my adult life, starting at the age of 18 when I entered Columbia University. I stayed at the Big Apple until thirty-five.
During that time, I spent more nights than I can remember leaving the house late—sometimes until the early hours of the morning—having fun with friends and enjoying all the great experiences that only a metropolis like New York has to offer.
These are some of the most fun, carefree and happy memories of my youth. I feel so lucky to be able to experience so much in the city, feeling safe and unencumbered.
Christina Yuna Lee could be any young woman returning from a party in New York, or more accurately, any young Asian woman returning home from a party in New York.
What happened to Christina is generally a nightmare for every woman.
If you’re not already familiar with her story, she was a 35-year-old senior creative producer for digital music platform Splice.
She received more than 40 brutal stab wounds in her Chinatown apartment after the killer chased her home.
CCTV footage shows homeless career criminal Assamad Nash stalking her at her apartment at 4:30 am.
Neighbors heard her cries for help and called 911.
She was found in the bathroom bleeding from multiple wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.
Mayor Adams, in disgust, blamed the negative media coverage on his failure to convince state legislators to repeal bail reform for supposedly racist journalists. (Above) Mayor Adams speaks at the 2022 New York State Democratic Convention on February 17, 2022.
Cristina was senselessly murdered in what can only be described as a depraved, heinous, senseless crime at the hands of a crazy killer who had absolutely nothing to live in freedom on the streets.
Assamad Nash has been released from prison under supervision pending three open cases, including one in which he allegedly hit a stranger on the subway.
After reading about the murder of Christina, I felt sick and terrified.
It’s hard to even think about what her family and friends had to go through after such a terrible tragedy.
It’s hard to imagine the strong impact this has on the Asian American community.
I also inevitably began to think of all my friends who are still living in New York amid one of the most significant crime surges in modern history.
Many of my friends stayed in New York after I left, even though they were acutely aware of the danger.
They stayed for a variety of reasons, including career opportunities and being close to their families.
Some simply cannot imagine ever living anywhere else. However, they are all visibly nervous.
I am in more than one text thread with these friends.
We send each other (among other things) frequent updates on crime happening in America’s major cities, with longstanding comments about how horrific and heartbreaking it is to watch these cities we all love return to the chaos of past decades.
Christina Yuna Lee (above) was senselessly murdered in what can only be described as a depraved, heinous, senseless crime committed by a deranged killer who had absolutely nothing to live in freedom on the streets.
The community of my friends who have decided to leave New York still experiences a strange melancholy about being forced to move due to forces beyond their control.
In my case, it ceased to be a place where I felt comfortable with a newborn girl.
There have been countless articles, news reports and comments about the growing surge in crime and violence in America’s major cities.
If you’ve paid any attention, you probably already know what’s going on.
The number of murders, robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries, auto thefts and grand larceny in New York rose almost 40% in January compared to last year.
It would also be remiss not to take into account the fact that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a surge in attacks against the Asian population.
In addition to the murder of Christina Yuna Lee, 40-year-old consultant Michelle Guo was recently killed after she was pushed under a subway car by a homeless man.
NBC News reported that Asian women living in New York say they stand off the edge of the subway and walk home with pepper spray in their hands.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain, had vowed to counter rising crime during his campaign, and he was politically savvy to do so.
Public safety is the cornerstone of any successful management from the local office to the highest national level.
This is one of the really universal issues that people can come together on. People do not want to live and raise their families in insecure places, no matter what revivals or progressive reasoning is given to justify their life among criminals.
People do not want to pay exorbitant amounts of taxes to feel unsafe when returning home at night or walking around the city with their children.
From time to time, politicians come up with absurd and stupid excuses for why crime waves are happening in their cities.
But there is no topic of discussion that is smart enough to make anyone drop this security issue.
Christina’s killer, Assamad Nash (above, in police custody), was the most arrested on January 6 on charges of criminal disorderly conduct and attempted escape from custody. He was supposed to return to court on March 3, but it was too late for Christina.
Unfortunately, Mayor Adams is already looking for excuses.
He recently, in disgust, blamed the negative media coverage on his failure to convince state legislators to repeal bail reform for allegedly racist journalists.
“I’m a black mayor, but people who don’t look like me are interpreting my story,” he told a group of almost all-white reporters.
“How many blacks are in the editorial offices? How many blacks determine how these stories are written? he asked.
But the problem is not the racial composition of the editorial boards.
Now, New York City’s infamous bail reform laws have allowed suspects to return to the streets, often within hours of being arrested.
Kristina’s killer was last arrested on January 6 on charges of criminal hooliganism and attempted escape from custody. He was supposed to return to court on March 3, but it was too late for Christina.
New Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg made the situation even worse when he instructed prosecutors to reduce some serious crimes to misdemeanors and not to file any other charges.
Bragg has since ditched the most extreme parts of this manual, but it’s unlikely he took a hard-line approach to crime.
And on Wednesday, a powerful head of the state Senate said that bail reform was not envisaged.
I can only hope that Mayor Adams hasn’t given up on trying to blame bail reform laws for pathetic insanity after his fellow progressive legislators opposed it.
Mayor Adams should be given credit for urging state legislators to repeal these dangerous reforms, but he can’t start looking for reasons to stop trying now.
Consultant Michelle Guo, 40, was recently killed after a homeless man pushed her under a subway car. (Above) A man holds a candle during a vigil for Michelle Alyssa Guo on January 18, 2022, in New York City’s Times Square.
A failure of this magnitude would be a real tragedy for all New Yorkers.
As my dad used to say, my friends, politics has consequences.
Why isn’t Christina Lee’s life a wake-up call for so many elected officials?
How many women must be senselessly stabbed for action to be taken?
Why is the murder of an Asian woman returning home from a night out not enough to spark national outrage?
And finally, why is America’s largest and most populous city run by people from the point of view of a far-left, progressive college student in a political science class, and not reality?
How many more women must be needlessly murdered in New York?
When will these people have enough?
During his tenure as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani enacted the “broken windows” law enforcement doctrine.
It is a criminological theory stating that visible signs of crime, antisocial behavior and civil unrest create an urban environment that is conducive to crime and disorder, including violent crime.
Progressives consider it controversial, and citizens and politicians of “law and order” the cornerstone of the doctrine.
I often think about this when discussing the rise in crime.
Ben and I have a close friend, born and raised, a proud New Yorker who recently moved to Texas.
He recently told us over the phone that he realized his time in New York had come to an end when he witnessed the return of shamelessly committing crimes by people in the city and on the subways.
On top of that, New Yorkers began to ignore the lawlessness again, and the police stopped responding.
He told us that he knows what’s next because he lived through the 1970s and 1980s, the peak of New York City’s crime epidemic.
He and all of us are afraid and saddened by what the future holds for New York.
It’s as if these progressive politicians would rather see the city burn to the ground in a crime rage than admit that their policies aren’t working.
This is more than a tragedy. There are policies that actually lead to the killing of young women.
Don’t forget the politicians who did this to the city. Don’t forgive them either, and for God’s sake, vote for those bastards.