Around the same moment that Daniel Enriquez was brutally murdered on the Q train last Sunday, Eric Adams, dressed in a designer bright-red jacket and navy-blue pants, was pressing meat with celebs at an event a few blocks away. .
I know it’s only been five months since Adams, but drinking and dining with sober kids is something our new mayor loves — maybe a little too — because of his campaign promise to reduce violent crime rapidly. Looks like a bad joke New Yorker.
Adams is a frequent customer at some of the city’s most luxurious and most expensive restaurants (at a salary of around $250,000). She recently partyed with Dave Chappelle in Beverly Hills after attending the Milken Institute Global Conference. And who can forget her Met Gala look? Adams was photographed on the red carpet wearing an “End Gun Violence” jacket—as if we all needed to be reminded.
Last Sunday, Adams was hanging out with Kanye West, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and others for a fashion show at the heavily fortified headquarters of the New York Stock Exchange, when a maniac with nearly two dozen prior arrests allegedly took a subway ride. Enriquez was shot in the car.
Enriquez worked at Goldman Sachs; He was not a fat banker, but a very middle-class researcher. When he was murdered, he was taking the subway to Sunday brunch because he couldn’t recover from his home in Brooklyn in Manhattan.
Does all this make Adams a bad mayor? No, even our mayors need some time off.
But it is part of a growing narrative about Adams’ nascent mayor, especially among the business elite, that he likes her more than the job.
The buyer’s remorse has soured the relationship between the mayor and the city’s business leaders. He was among his biggest supporters, writing checks left and right as he promised to make the city safe for him and his workers.
And now they’re worried they’ve been duped because Bill de Blasio promised to fix the rot created as Meyer and Adams — crime, homelessness and other quality-of-life issues out of control — put residents in place. Continuing to give mercy to criminals and criminally insane.
The business community has a lot at stake in doing what Adams said goes beyond profits and taxes. Most of the 500,000 people employed in banking, real estate and insurance in NYC are not ultra-rich businessmen or investment bankers. They are average people. They work hard in previous offices, or as tellers or researchers like Enriquez.
They need to take public transportation, and the promises of Adams’ campaign have given them — and the people who run the companies where they work — hope they can survive their commute.
Yet crime is on the rise, especially on the subways – felonies are up 50% in April compared to a year ago – and bail reform has kept criminals out on the streets. When you’re not being duped, you realize that the taxes are still too high.
Despite the chaos, Adams said he wants business leaders to abandon flexible pandemic work arrangements and bring the rank-and-file back to the office so they can spend their money in the city’s bars, restaurants and shops.
He even wants people to keep taking the subway, asking JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon to ride the train to work because it’s “safe.”
Legitimate Metro Fears
huh? Neither Dimon nor I know that anyone who can afford Uber is going to any subway platform for fear they will suffer the same fate as Michelle Go, the Deloitte American employee who died in January. when she was randomly pushed in front of an oncoming train.
Following the assassination of Enriquez, Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for New York City, Gotham’s largest business advocacy group, had this to say about Adams and the crime: “Employers are eager to get people back into office, but they continue to mandate are not going to do things that put employees in personal injury or worse.”
Personally, business leaders are less observant.
The CEO of a major NYC company told me, “Adams should stop traveling, stop giving shit to everyone and stop going to hot clubs and focus on the crime.”
Another tip: stop leaking that Gotham is burning while you have your eye on the White House.
Adams met with Wylde and nearly 100 business leaders on Thursday to discuss the Enriquez murder and crime, which could be the start of a dialogue that forces the mayor into the grip of the situation.
He didn’t hit any punches, I’m told. They told him the subways weren’t safe and that was before last weekend’s murder.
Let’s hope Adams gets his message and, by all means, enjoy the city’s nightlife, restaurants, and mingling with celebs.
But first live up to its promise to make sure people like Danielle Enriquez or Michelle Go are safe, or there won’t be much of a nightlife to enjoy.