Some Jerk Spray Painted “Scam” at the Fruit Street Citibike Station in Brooklyn Heights

Our man with a cam Karl Junkersfeld was on the scene today at the Fruit Street Citibike docking station as workers were cleaning up a mess left by a Citibike hating vandal. A BHB tipster informed us of this “protest” this morning:

Serious vandalism occurred overnight at the northern end of the promenade on Columbia Heights between Cranberry and Orange. Red spray paint covered historic wall and Citibike station. Please cover this incident to make people more aware of how the neighborhood is changing and how things like this can be avoided in the future- ie. limbing up the trees in this location, adding more street lights and perhaps increasing police patrols.

If you watch Karl’s video carefully, you’ll notice that the genius who made this mess couldn’t even spell Derek and Clive’s favorite insult(note link is beyond NSFW) correctly.

Do you agree with Karl that increased foot traffic to Brooklyn Bridge Park is partially to blame for this act?

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    To call this a protest or a CitiBike hating vandal, elevates this person to that of a thinking individual. In my mind, this was just a braindead angry person with no regard for public property of any sort.

  • Heights Observer

    I have to agree with you, Karl. I have lived in the North Heights for nearly three decades and I have noticed of late a lot of young people, obviously alcohol-fueled, LOUD and rowdy and hanging out in the Fruit Street sitting area in the late evenings. In all honesty, with types like this hanging out there now, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. I fear it is going to get worse.

  • Klezmer O’Brien

    Selfish people calling attention to themselves by disparaging things that are essentially productive and good for most people.

  • lauren

    @Heights Observer, I too have noticed the same. Many of these people walk down Middagh talking loudly late at night. I’m only in my thirties, but I am tempted to practice saying “Get off my lawn, you kids” for possible future use just in case. ;) Thanks, Karl, for the video! I always enjoy your work.

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    As a former graffiti artist who NEVER damaged private property or engaged in this kind of ‘garbage’ tagging, whoever did this does have enough of a knowledge to use two different spray caps (one being wide, the other thin) that being said, it was probably some drunken, bearded hipster trying to make a “statement.” That statement is, I’m taking my talent-less angst to your beautiful neighborhood.

  • Eddyde

    “The damage to the CitiBike dock station was minimal, incidental may be more apt, compared to adjacent area” Um, watch your video again, it shows the terminal screen and card reader completely covered in paint, making the docks kiosk unusable. That is not simply graffiti, that is sabotage.

  • Andrew Porter

    Frankly, didn’t know about this because I now avoid this area, esp. on weekends, because of the vast number of tourists flooding the area. And we thought the number of tourists we started to see after 9/11 was overwhelming…