On Open Thread Wednesday March 21, reader Tony alerted us to graffiti spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of 90 Remsen Street and along a wall on Henry Street at Remsen (thankfully, now eradicated), expressing “NYPD Don’t Trust.”
And there’s more… Such vandalism is also prominent on the Henry Street side of Andy’s Chinese on Montague Street. Do you know of other examples of punks marring our beautiful neighborhood—because New York’s Anti-Graffiti Task Force will remove the mess free of charge.
From our research, for commercial properties, graffiti removal is the responsibility of the landlord; and for residential building, the owner or coop board. But under the guise of Mayor Bloomberg, the Anti-Graffiti Task Force will take care of it by calling 311. More info is here.
If it happens to your property and you’d like to tackle removal, here’s a handy tutorial from the National Park Service on how to safely clean spray paint from historic masonry, which stresses, “Removing graffiti as soon as it appears is the key to its elimination—and recurrence.”