Violent attacks by homeless, mentally ill people are relatively rare. In fact, mentally ill people are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than to commit one. But each act of violence — every subway shoving, stabbing or slashing — can shake the city’s psyche.
Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Amy Julia Harris and Jan Ransom.
Andy Newman and Chelsia Rose Marcius contributed reporting. Susan C. Beachy contributed research.
Produced by Eve Edelheit, Eden Weingart and Dagny Salas.
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