Respect city’s Finest
Nine New York Police Department offi cers have taken their own lives this
year, six cops in Philadelphia were shot last week while protecting their
city, and the nation seems to continue to slip into a dark divide between
police and civilians that needs mending.
But the much-needed way out of this darkness starts with a respect for the
authorities. Make no mistake, there have been times when police have acted inappropriately.
This editorial is to remind us all that the good of the many always
outshines the darkness of the few.
Just imagine this: You’re an offi cer out on patrol and a call comes through the
radio for a domestic-abuse incident. You then rush into that home to see a screaming
child attempting to defend her helpless mother from an abusive aggressor, but
fortunately you’re in time before anything too severe happens.
After almost suffering a broken jaw, along with cuts from the knife that the
sick-minded individual was wielding, you’re able to subdue the individual with no
harm to either the mother or child, just as backup arrives.
You decide to head downstairs and step outside as soon as you see that your colleagues
are in control of the scene. You just want a second to clear your head from
the horrible trauma that unfurled before continuing your patrol; after all, you’re
only an hour into your shift.
So, you step outside, and suddenly you’re drenched head to toe from a bucket of
water while you see almost a dozen people laughing while recording your humiliation
on their cell phones. They don’t know what you had just been through and,
almost just as sad, they don’t seem to care.
We can’t imagine a day at work going like that. But in a department of roughly
35,000, far too many N.Y.P.D. offi cers have seen something similar to that hypothetical
scenario — and especially this summer.
Now more than ever, there’s a civic duty of all New Yorkers, let alone all Americans,
to remind police that they are welcome in our communities. It’s on us to
show that we respect law enforcement and their families for the sacrifi ces made,
so that we have safer streets to walk.
No matter what, there will come a time when you are in need of the police.
However, now is a time that the police are in need of us. Even just saying, “Stay
safe offi cer” to a cop leaving a deli can go further than you could imagine.
Letting the police know that their work isn’t in vain could end up saving a life,
perhaps even yours, some day.
A young bootblack, with his shoeshine equipment at City Hall Park, gave
a direct look to the camera on July 25, 1924. The photographer, Lewis
Hine, was also a sociologist who used photography to advocate for reforming
child labor laws. Hine was an investigative photographer for the National
Child Labor Committee from 1908 to 1924, and explored the working
and living conditions of the country’s children during that time.
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STORY: “Bakery in old Vesuvio spot closes on Prince St.”
(posted on thevillager.com 8/15/19)
SUMMARY: Birdbath Green Bakery, located in the former
Vesuvio bakery space on Prince St., in Soho, recently closed
after its 10-year lease was up. Vesuvio had been run by two
generations of the Dapolito family, going back to 1920, including
the late Tony Dapolio, the former chairperson of
Community Board 2, who sold the store in 2003 due to health
reasons. Maury Rubin, a baker and founder of City Bakery,
which owns Birdbath, said he was glad he never changed
the space’s historic wooden facade and that he tried to keep
Vesuvio’s spirit alive.
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