Two large swastikas were discovered painted on the sidewalk on Newel Street at Norman Avenue in Greenpoint on Monday, in an incident that has been reported to the NYPD’s 94th Precinct.
The two swastikas were painted in black with arrows pointing away on Newel Street. This follows a rise in hate crimes in NYC and the spread of hate graffiti in the North Brooklyn area.
Last January, a series of stickers with hate speech was discovered on McGuiness Boulevard, and a Greenpoint-based couple received a letter in the mail with a Swastika telling them to ‘die.’ In February the Chabad of Bushwick’s windows were smashed, and in March the NYPD held a community forum on hate the day after a Ruth Bader Ginsburg poster was vandalized in the Nassau Avenue subway station.
Officer Rivera of NYPD’s 94th Precinct Community Affairs informed Greenpointers that the most effective way to report hate graffiti is to leave the scene untouched and call 911 immediately, where a 911 operator will either dispatch officers or refer to 311.