Issue 19.2, May 2004


Essay Excerpt

This article examines institutions of community policing and their relationship to changing conceptions of order in New York City in the 1990s. The sites of my research were: a special meeting of the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Asso- ciation; the Midtown North Precinct Community Council; and the Citizens’ Police Academy run by the New York Police Department (NYPD). These staged dialogues with the police made up part of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s program of order-maintenance policing, which was, in turn, one aspect of his administration’s attempt to make New York City a more civil and livable city (Blumenthal 1994; Flynn 2000; Krauss 1994). The question posed by Gi- uliani’s critics was, and still is, of course, “livable for whom?” (Harcourt 1998 and 2001; McArdle and Erzen 2001; Smith 1998).

"'Visible Signs of a City Out of Control': Community Policing in New York City" by Benjamin Chesluk