On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy.
With just five days left in 2012, there would need to be a major spike in murders to top the record low of 471 murders set in 2009.
In all, violent crime went down by four percent from 28,281 reported incidents to 27,108. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the crime rate decreased.
The city’s murder rate is on pace for a double-digit increase this year, but New York Police Department officials said, when put in context, it was not alarming.