The Guardian Angels stopped patrolling the subways and Central Park in the 1990s after a increase in policing around the time Mayor Rudy Giuliani took office although they continued in parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx.But the last year has seen a rise in violent crime across New York which has culminated in seven slashing attacks on the subway in the last month. The Guardian Angels, an anti-crime vigilante group that came to prominence during the 1980s in New York, has returned to the subway. Above, the group founder Curtis Sliwa (center) lectures recruits Last year has seen a rise in violent crime across New York, culminating in seven slashing attacks on the subway, which has inspired the gang to resume patrols Members of the Guardian Angels, a volunteer community service organization, continued some patrols in parts of Queens (pictured in 2005) the Bronx and Brooklyn more videos Watch video Trump laughs when supporter shouts ‘shoot them’ during rally Watch video Coco Davez formally opens exhibition at Maddox Gallery in London Watch video Prince Harry shows he already has dad jokes down to a tee Watch video Prince Harry arrives in Holland for work days after Archie's birth Watch video How Prince Harry reacts when he's given an Invictus baby grow Watch video Wave knocks over women taking photos on a Hawaii beach Watch video Price Harry cycles through The Hague as he returns to royal duties Watch video Danny Baker sacked by BBC for royal baby tweet Watch video Girard Damien Saenz arrested in connection to massive LAPD gun bust Watch video Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte bugged by cockroach during speech Watch video Fake German heiress Anna Sorokin is sentenced to four to 12 years Watch video Brazen thieves steal packages from doorsteps across Australia Two men were attacked in Manhattan on Sunday in the latest attack; Colwin McGregor, 31, was taken to hospital after he was slashed in the face at around 3 a.m at West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue by another man following a dispute with a woman on the platform.Then at 9pm the same day, a man's hand was sliced during a mugging on the C train as it pulled up at the 155th Street and St. Nichols Avenue station when he refused to hand over his wallet and cellphone, sources said. The victim was treated for minor wounds at New York-Presbyterian Hospital whilke his attacker fled.Last Monday, a 71-year-old woman was slashed by a man on a train pulling into Manhattan's Broadway-Lafayette station. And the next day, a 29-year-old woman was cut on her hand when she bumped into a man who attacked her with a machete on a train in Brooklyn after they argued, police said.Suspects have been arrested in both cases.Knife attacks on the streets have also increased in recent months. Earlier in the month, a man was left partially paralyzed in the face when a stranger attacked him on an East Village street; a suspect was arrested. Also in January, police caught up with a man they say slashed a woman in the face while she was walking to work in the Chelsea neighborhood. And another woman was robbed and slashed by three men at a Brooklyn subway station.Authorities are looking for connections — or possible copycats — among the series of slashings that started in October with the apparently random attack on a guest in a Chelsea hotel. Police also reported four slashings in December, one in the subway and the rest on streets. The civilian group worked to stop crimes during the high-crime hay day of New York in the late 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Above, a Guardian Angel watches a passing subway car The Guardian Angels began in 1979 and quickly expanded to other cities, welcomed by some people as a tough-minded neighborhood watch - but derided by others as loose-cannon, publicity-seeking vigilantes Following a decline in stature due to Sliwa admitting to staging some early crime incidents, the group turned to other areas such as online safety education. Above, a patrol of Guardian Angels in 1980 The vigilante gang, who are instantly recognizable by their red berets, t-shirts and jackets, declined in stature after Sliwa admitted in 1992 that much of the group's early were fake crimes designed to generate publicity The Guardian Angels (pictured circa 1980 in New York City) stopped patrolling the subways and Central Park in the 1990s after a increase in policing around the time Mayor Rudy Giuliani took office although they continued in parts of Brooklyn and the BronxThe Guardian Angels declined in stature after Sliwa admitted in 1992 that much of the group's early were fake crimes designed to generate publicity, according to the New York Times.Last fall Sliwa announced the vigilante gang, who are instantly recognizable by their red berets and jackets, would return to Central Park because of increased crime in the Park and a general rise in certain crimes such as a two per cent increase shootings this year.The founder, who is also a talk radio host, portioned part of the blame on Mayor Bill de Blasio for being 'oblivious' to crime.De Blasio says that the NYPD is still the best qualified force to take care of security in Central Park, which he calls 'absolutely safe'. Though the urban oasis is still much safer than it once was, it saw 22 robberies as of August this year compared to 11 during the same period in 2014. Grand larceny was also up 14 per cent from 29 to 34 this year, according to CBS New York. Shootings in the city at large have increased nine per cent in 2015, though serious crime as a whole has fallen five per cent. Despite the recent increase, crime is still lower than two years ago. Overall crime since 1994 is down 80 per cent, including robberies and rapes. 'We realize things are much better than they were' Sliwa recently said. 'We want it to stay that way.'He told The Daily Beast that his group's return to Central Park was more complicated than a general crime rise.Sliwa said that the Rambles, a heavily forested area in the middle of the park, had also recently seen 'gay bashings'.The area was a common place for gay men to meet up in the 1970s before society began embracing homosexuality. WHO ARE THE GUARDIAN ANGELS? The Guardian Angels began in 1979 and quickly expanded to other cities, welcomed by some people as a tough-minded neighborhood watch - but derided by others as loose-cannon, publicity-seeking vigilantes.By the mid-1990s, some chapters folded and the Guardian Angels' reputation took a hit when Sliwa acknowledged fabricating some of their early exploits. Meanwhile, Sliwa was nearly killed in a 1992 kidnapping and shooting that mob scion John 'Junior' Gotti was charged with ordering; prosecutors gave up after four juries deadlocked.But the Guardian Angels endured and evolved: By 2006, they had a $200,000 New York state grant to do online safety education. They now count about 5,000 members in 18 countriesIn New York, Guardian Angels still patrol parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx regularly. But shortly after Rudy Giuliani's mayoralty began in 1994, they felt policing had intensified enough that they weren't needed to fight crime in Central Park until now. . 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