St. Nicholas and 125th Street is now teeming with NYPD officers. So frequently so, Google Maps was able to capture a few on the corner.
And that’s not surprising: the impact of the officers is easily seen, and felt, in their Stop and Frisk data. St. Nicholas and 125th was the location of the most Stop and Frisks in, not only Harlem, but all of Manhattan north of 42nd street in 2011. Actually, at the time, the tourist-magnet Times Square was the only other location on the island with more Stop and Frisks than St. Nicholas and 125th.
W. 125th and St. Nicholas. Photo Credit: Google
That was 2011, when Stop and Frisk was at its peak. The practice has declined since then, but events involving law enforcement and young Black men (one of the primary recipients of Stop and Frisk) continue to question the sanctity of that demographic’s civil rights.
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