An uptick in crime during the pandemic has seen the new mayor, Eric Adams, get ‘tough on crime’ – but critics say he is ignoring the proven community methods that actually keep the city safe

The block party on 54th Street in Queens’ Woodside neighborhood was leading up to a long-awaited reveal. A few feet away, a red ribbon covered the door to the new violence intervention site – a center to advance community-driven public safety, through healing, conflict mediation and training.

“This is about us investing in us,” K Bain, the founder of Community Capacity Development, the organization behind the venture, told the crowd. “When we begin to invest in us, they will have to take notice when we take back our communities.”

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