Graffiti Blemishes Remsen Street… And There’s More

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.”

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  • Karl

    There is another “NYPD DON’T TRUST” on Henry, just off Remsen, on the wall.

  • maria

    I’m pretty sure that’s Paul Giamatti’s handwriting.

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  • Gerry

    I hold the NYPD in a high regard they do an excellent job.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Does anyone know if the city’s graffiti removal program works by a NON-owner reporting the graffiti to 311? The form at the link above is designed for the owner to report/request.

  • GHB

    Return to SENDER

  • Tony

    I’m pleased to report that the wall on Henry St. opposite Hunts Lane has been wiped clean of graffiti. Still there on the sidewalk, though. Funny, but that part of the sidewalk is often giving us grief: the slates are always coming loose, now the vandalism.

  • WillowtownCop

    These people are almost impossible to catch. They were offering a Commander’s Day (paid day off) to anyone who arrested one when I worked in Brownsville awhile ago. They use lookouts for cops.

  • philica

    Maria, its comments like those that make me long for “like” buttons on this thing. That was so funny.