• Apr 6, 2010
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We get pretty excited about auto shows, and our recent trip to the Javits Center for the New York extravaganza was one of the better U.S. shows in recent memory. But while we managed to temper our enthusiasm, it appears some folks got carried away Sunday after Javits closed for the night. The New York Times reports that four people were shot (one with a BB gun) in the city on Sunday and 54 other people were arrested in and around Midtown Manhattan due to post-show violence. Luckily all four who suffered gun shot wounds appear to be recovering from their injuries.

Police reportedly told the NY Times that violence on Easter night has been a recurring problem in past years, with pockets of mini-riots and stabbings marring the evening. At question is whether the violence stems directly from auto show attendees or unruly crowds assembled after the show's completion. Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said the troublemakers go to the auto show every year and "sometimes they get in fights afterward."

New York Auto Show spokesman Chris Sams told the NY Times that there was no trouble during the show, and that the crowd in attendance Sunday was very family oriented with "lots of baby strollers." In fairness to the New York Auto Show and its organizers, the first shooting reportedly occurred at 12:08 am on Monday morning, five hours after the show closed for the day.



[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I was so upset about not seeing a new Civic i had to use a BB gun. Later police arrived, yada, yada, yada, Rikers Island jail has a pretty good internet connection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      autoblog clearly doesnt read the new york local news. it was gang related violence that took place just a couple blocks up from times square (quite a hike from the javits center) when a group was walking from times sq ran into a group walking south. the auto show sunday was fine without any bad elements in the crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bridge & tunnel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and people bitch about Detroit...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Q: What do the NYC Auto Show, Easter, and Source Awards have in common?

      A: Someone always gets stabbed and/or shot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm black, and I'm just praying it wasn't us-unfortunately it was probably us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since it's not politically correct to blame the real culprits here (gang members), they instead lay blame on an anonymous group of people that by and large can't get offended. The "Auto Show Crowd".

      Give me a break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay Idiots one and all, yes that includes you too. Do you know where Times Square is? Do you know where the Javits Center is?

        Other than the fact that the gang-fights and the auto show happened to be on the same island, one had nothing to do with the other. The fights and the Auto-show were a couple of Zip Codes apart.

        Fights occurred on 42 st, between 7th and 8th Aves. And another incident later on at 34th & 7 Ave.

        Javits center located between 32 & 36 streets on 11 Ave. The distance from one Avenue to the other is approx. three and a half city blocks. This shakes out to be 12 to 15 city blocks west of Times Sq, and 6 to 8 blocks to the South.

        It was a holiday weekend in NYC the weather was really nice, and all the IDIOTS were let out of their cages at the same time. HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AUTO SHOW.

        If you were to go to Times Sq. right now and interview folks there, maybe ONE in FIFTY even know or care that the Auto show is in town. That's New York, most of the folks that go to the AUTO Show are from the outlying suburbs. Most of the young New Yorkers at the Auto show are couples or families. I just left the Auto show (2 hours ago) with my son.

        Chris Skunk: You handled this one with all the tact and guile of a FOX News commentator.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ethnic minoritys is as close to the truth you can get. Even this might be to much for Autoblog and it's "Responsible Issues".
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Gomi - I want everyone to be in the middle class (or better). I'm only saying that the press is too PC to call out gang bangers by their race for fear of being called "racist". It's much easier and safer to just put blame on the anonymous "auto show crowd". Thereby not ruffling any feathers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cowboy bob: I'm not sure what's more distressing, you blaming ethnic minorities without any substantiating evidence or the fact that you have a 3 star rating now.

        With that said I'm not 100% sure what this has to do with the autoshow. Just seems like stuff that happens in New York. Will agree with the poster below and say I don't remember any issues at the Detroit autoshow and Cobo isn't exactly in a nice place either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I don't see the correlation. Did they all have auto show tickets in their back pockets or something?

        I know this is going to sound crazy but maybe the violence has nothing to do with an auto show. I know, crazy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The gangbangers in question were obviously Asian grandmothers, as they are responsible for almost all gang crime.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ compy386 - a gang fight with participants from outer Burroughs in NYC (that was in the story)... it's a safe assumption it wasn't middle class folks. And, given crime stats, it was more likely than not minorities. Them just be the facts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that may be lionsfan, that may be. the problem with it though is that you are grouping ALL ethnic minorities into one group. you and cowboy bob better sit down for this one and brace yourselves because it will blow your ignorant little minds.... what if there are ethnic minorities that also belong to the middle class??? WHAT???
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live five blocks (and two avenues) away from the Javits Center and it is not a good neighborhood--it's barely a neighborhood--there aren't many places to live, there's not a lot of cop activity because it's so far west in Midtown--a lot of gang and drug crime goes down there. I think this is a really unfair, far reaching article that's trying to draw a conclusion from events that are obviously not related. Give me a break.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was there Saturday, and it was very crowded. Contrary to the theme of this post, however, I came away impressed by the fact I was there all day long and only experienced a very polite and orderly crowd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've gone on Sunday before and the only bad thing that happened was that I lost my iPod. And while it was never returned, I don't think it was because anybody pickpocketed me-pretty certain that it fell into a GM show car while getting in and out of some Cadillac since I recall being somewhat worried that my pockets were too loose before the show-should have listened to my gut instinct. Dammit GM I want my iPod back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Easter Sunday is gang day at the NY Auto Show. I think it was last year or one of the years before, they had troubles inside the show on Easter with gangs harassing and bullying familes and people inside the show.
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