In a small victory for New York City, the New York Daily News reports that the city went a full 24 hours without anyone being shot or stabbed for the second time in under a year Thursday. The last time this small miracle happened was on Nov. 26, 2012.

Naturally, the mayor's office swooped in to pat the NYPD on the back.

"In the last month, we have seen the NYPD do the following: prevent a single homicide from occurring for an entire week—a first in New York City; catch the killer in a 22-year-old murder; and now pull off the feat of no murders, no shootings and no stabbings for an entire day in a city of 8.4 million," a spokesperson for Mayor Bloomberg said, laying it on extra thick by calling this "[an example] of why we have the finest police department in the world just keep coming."

The Daily News notes that, as of last Sunday, there had only been 283 recorded homicides in New York City, a 22 percent drop over the same period last year. This puts the city on pace to have the fewest murders since it began tracking the figure 50 years ago. It's a shame that any of this has to be celebrated.

[via New York Daily News]