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Are you sure, Eric? NYC mayor uses St. Patrick's Day parade to declare 'our city is back


New York's mayor paraded through the streets of Queens on Saturday proudly proclaiming the 'Big Apple is back!' - ignoring the city's major problems including levels of rising crime and homelessness which is at its highest for almost a century.

Eric Adams took part in the borough's St. Patrick's Day Parade having earlier said the city had become 'boring' during the pandemic and that it was now time to change that. 

'This parade was the first to stop during COVID, so it's important that it's the first to open – that we say our city is back — bigger, stronger and better than ever,' Adams said at the start of the parade route in the Rockaways. 

'We are back to being this exciting place we call New York,' he told The New York Post. 'People want to be out. They want to enjoy their city.'

But the Mayor's desire for everything to be peachy ignores the brutal reality of life on the nation's biggest city where residents are having to endure homelessness in the wake of the pandemic and rising crime levels above and below ground in the city's subway system.  

Figures released this week detailed how New York City is reeling from a February crime wave that saw a nearly 60 percent spike in incidents over last year.

The city's latest crime figures show there were 9,138 incidents last month, as opposed to 5,759 during the same period in 2021 — with double-digit surges in nearly every major category. 

There were 32 murders in February — three more than the same month last year.

Multiple other categories saw shocking jumps, including car theft, which soared by nearly 105 percent; grand larceny, which jumped nearly 80 percent over the previous year; robberies, which surged 56 percent; a 44 percent bump in burglaries and a 22 percent spike in assaults. Rapes also saw a terrifying 35 percent rise in February.