By George Capsis
In 1917 the City ruthlessly cut through the handsome historic townhouses of the Village to run the 7th Avenue subway through it and left ugly towering blackened backyard raw brick walls. A few months ago, after the Black Lives Matter incident, huge crude nonsensical graffiti messages appeared like “MAGIC TRICK” with the R in Trick painted upside down and an unreadable telephone number.
The graffiti is all of a comic book style and angry—very angry—ugly and crude and huge. Huge with in-your-face contempt and anger.
I called the Police Press office, DCPI, to learn if they were aware of these slashing outbursts of obscene graffiti – were they city-wide or just concentrated in certain areas like the Village, and had they identified any graffiti gangs, and if so where do these graffiti gangs hang out – Brooklyn, Manhattan, or the Bronx, and literally minutes before we sent the file to the printer, I got a concerned call from the head of police press office’s commanding officer Alfred Baker who knew of our publication, and was equally concerned, and promised to thoroughly investigate and report for the December issue
What do you do about something like this? So ugly, so huge, so unstoppable?
Well that is one reason why you have a community newspaper—first to show you this outrage, and then to get them to do something about it.
Just around the corner from the 6th Precinct on Bleecker, on the 50 foot mural of a coming restaurant, our full of hate graffiti artists have painted “Shit on God.” They liked it so much they did it again—“Shit on God.”
I have brought this to the attention of our new Police Community Affairs Officer and he stopped for just an instant and returned to smiling trivia.
Go, if you want, to that wall and you will see it—“Shit on God.” If it really offends you spray it over with a can of paint from Garber’s.