New York City’s first transit cop-turned-mayor joined a workforce of the NYPD’s best to patrol the subways after darkish — and took The Post alongside for the experience.
During extra three hours underground, Mayor Eric Adams traveled throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, observing the adjustments which have taken place since he labored the beat.
Amid this 12 months’s surging crime charges — together with an alarming, 54% spike within the transit system — Hizzoner in contrast his problem to the one which confronted former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, whose “damaged home windows” technique helped bring both the subways and the city under control throughout the Nineties.
“We can now not ignore quality-of-life points,” Adams mentioned.
“I’m once more the place Bratton was.”
In a chilling signal of the instances, Adams needed to delay the deliberate begin of his journey so he might cease in Harlem to go to the dad and mom of school basketball star Darius Lee, who was killed in a mass shooting at a neighborhood cookout simply hours earlier.
Here’s what The Post noticed late Monday and early Tuesday:
EVEN THE MAYOR HAS TO SWIPE
9:20 p.m., one hundred and thirty fifth Street station at Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem
Adams arrives sporting an NYPD cap and a navy blue windbreaker with the phrases NYC MAYOR in yellow on the again and his identify over his coronary heart.
A high adviser, Tiffany Raspberry, swipes a MetroCard so her boss can move via a turnstile, after which three folks method and ask to take pictures with Adams, with one man overheard telling the mayor about his spouse’s incapacity.
“You by no means know who you’re going to see on the subway,” Hizzoner says afterward.
NYPD Sgt. Victor Tavarez, main a five-member Transit Bureau workforce, greets Adams and says that after boarding a practice, two cops would patrol the entrance vehicles whereas two patrol the rear, and in addition look out the home windows every time the practice stops at a platform.
After getting on a No. 2 practice, Adams compliments Tavares on his management abilities and predicts that the 40-year-old will transfer up the ranks of the NYPD.
“These are the qualitative supervisors,” Adams later tells The Post.
“These cops are gonna do their job.”
‘THIS SUBWAY WAS GLOOMY’
9:55 p.m., Times Square-Forty second Street station, Midtown Manhattan
Adams and the cops get off the practice and stroll via the station to the southbound N-Q-R-W platform the place they board an R practice.
Adams sits down subsequent to a lady, “Melissa,” who shoots a selfie video with him.
Seated throughout the automotive are a mom and son from Virginia, with the mother telling Adams they’re on the teenager’s “commencement journey” and staying at a lodge on thirty sixth Street.
“You gotta come right here to stay, man,” the mayor mentioned.’
“He needs to!” the lady mentioned of her son, who’s sporting a Yankees cap.
After the vacationers get off on the thirty fourth Street-Herald Square station, Adams, a 62-year-old Brooklyn native, reminisces about driving subway trains throughout the crack epidemic of the Eighties.
“You know, this subway system was gloomy. It was gloomy,” he mentioned.
“It was horrifying simply to be within the system, .”
‘WE HAVE TO BE SMARTER RIDERS’
10:05 p.m., 14th Street-Union Square station, Manhattan
Adams will get off the practice and friends throughout the tracks at two girls who’re looking at their cellphones whereas standing aside in a poorly lit space between a staircase and the tracks.
“See now, have a look at this,” he says.
“They shouldn’t be there, these two younger girls, standing by themselves, out of sight, on this hidden space.”
Instead, Adams says, “They must be standing by, , the assistance button proper there, proper close to the steps.”
“We must be smarter riders to not enable folks to be the sufferer,” he provides.
Adams says that when he was a transit cop on patrol, he was at all times looking out for potential victims — and freely admits having profiled folks to take action.
He additionally foresees the ladies throughout the tracks setting themselves up for future hassle.
“This time of evening, these girls are standing by themselves,” he says.
“And then, that behavior turns into: 1 within the morning, after they’re coming from the party, ‘I’ma do the identical factor.’”
The subsequent day, Adams seizes on the incident as he discusses subway security at a information convention in Brooklyn.
“We’re going to maneuver with the MTA to place in place an enormous marketing campaign on tips on how to be a secure passenger,” he says.
“Many folks don’t know one of the best place to face throughout the late hours is within the conductor’s place. There are zebra stripes close to the ceiling on a bar that tells you the place the conductor place is. We want to teach folks to try this.”
PREVENTING ‘DOWNSTREAM’ PROBLEMS
10:25 p.m., Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, Brooklyn
Following a brief journey on a Brooklyn-bound N Train, Adams meets NYPD Lt. Ryan Murphy, who’s been assigned to the Transit Bureau since 2008.
Murphy tells the mayor that the evening has been pretty quiet, with some subway riders enjoying loud music and some visibly intoxicated.
“How’s the communication?” Adams asks, referring to the NYPD’s handheld, two-way radios.
When Murphy says they’re working superb, Adam recollects how when he was on the job, “you had too many lifeless spots within the system” and the way cops needed to faucet their nightsticks to alert colleagues when their walkie-talkies weren’t functioning.
Murphy tells the mayor that there are “lots of high quality of life points we’re attempting to take care of at present, including that riders who arrive within the station will typically tip him off to unruly or emotionally disturbed passengers by clearing their throats and gesturing with their eyes.
“And now , it’s like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna are available and say whats up to folks on this practice automotive perhaps a bit bit extra totally,” he says.
“We discuss and, , we obtained to carry the practice one other minute. You know, folks usually don’t like us due to that, but it surely’s simply to ensure that we’re not letting any sort of points go downstream. We can deal with them whereas we will deal with every thing proper right here.”
‘WE NEED STRONG PEOPLE’
11 p.m., Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, Brooklyn
While patrolling the station with Murphy and the opposite cops, Adams is approached by Yemeni immigrant Saad Alansi, 29, who brings alongside a good friend’s children, ages 7 and eight, to pose for a photograph with the mayor.
Alansi later tells The Post he initially feared that Adams’ presence meant there’d been one other incident just like the April 12 mass taking pictures within the thirty sixth Street subway station in Sunset Park.
But when a cop informed him that wasn’t the case, “I mentioned: Are you critical? I’m going to fulfill him now!”
During his dialog with Adams, Alansi says, “I mentioned he’s doing nice job, particularly on this time as a result of America is down.”
“But we want robust folks like Mr. Adams. He’s going to be No. 1 for New York,” he provides.
“We all Yemenese folks work in smaller retailer and market. We want him to help us.”
‘THE MAYOR OF WHAT?’
11:55 p.m., Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station, Brooklyn
Adams arrives on the finish of the N line, the place MTA workers are ready on the platform with buckets of strong-smelling cleansing liquid.
Adams shakes palms with cleaners and walks as much as a workforce of homeless outreach employees in orange T-shirts who have been about to begin their shifts.
One, Shukura Cooper, stands with a dazed and matted younger man sporting a green-and-white striped shirt with a dark-colored stain — presumably blood — down the entrance.
Cooper introduces the homeless man to Adams, saying, “This is the mayor.”
“The mayor of what?” the person asks.
Amid laughter, Cooper says the person — who holds a pair of socks in a single hand and has a change of clothes draped over a shoulder — has agreed to just accept assist from town, together with a mattress in a shelter.
But when Adams walks away, the homeless man drifts off, with DHS Deputy Commissioner Cassandra White saying Wednesday, “He is somebody who’s clearly entrenched…he took clothes, she gave him socks. But he couldn’t settle for the companies.”
About quarter-hour after the encounter, as Adams is making ready to depart the station, one other homeless man approaches him, jangling a key ring and repeatedly shouting, “I obtained my keys!”
White tells Adams, “Sir, this isn’t scripted” and says the person was headed to a “secure haven” homeless shelter when he heard Adams was within the station and mentioned, “I wish to see the mayor!”
‘IT’S ALMOST DEJA VU’
12:04 a.m., Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station
Adams visits his previous stomping grounds within the subterranean headquarters of Transit District 34, the place the mayor started his police profession in 1984.
After strolling behind the entrance desk to look at the log e-book, Adams appears wistful as he chats with the cops on responsibility.
Later, he says, “It’s nearly deja vu to be again right here in District 34, a spot I began my policing profession.”
Adams recollects “patrolling the subway, driving the trains, 8 at evening to six a.m. within the morning, 5 days every week throughout a really harmful interval in our metropolis.”
“But every thing I realized is a part of what’s being the mayor now, what I realized right here in these early days of policing,” he says.
12:40 a.m, Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station
After ducking out of the station to purchase a cup of tea with almond milk and two luggage of peanuts, Adams says, “Y’all not able to stop?” as he proclaims that he’s going to increase his tour and take the F practice to the Jay Street-MetroTech station in Downtown Brooklyn.
The station is positioned simply steps from Borough Hall, which Adams ran as Brooklyn borough president earlier than being elected mayor.
The F practice, he says, has a “completely different vitality” as a result of the vehicles are wider and have extra space between the seats on both facet.
While Adams waits to depart, a feminine MTA employee approaches to take a selfie with him.
“Let’s make your boo jealous,” Adams says they usually each snort.
Meanwhile, practice operator James Rabel says he’s “driving shotgun” with the mayor and calls the early morning journey the “spotlight of my profession.”