Photo by Emilia Amos
After Sheepshead Bites’ report yesterday about a swastika appearing on the American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, elected officials condemned the hateful act and authorities rushed to have it investigated and removed today.
Members of the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion chapter were apparently unaware of the graffiti. Councilman Mark Treyger’s office visited the site to inform them, and the pol called the NYPD’s 61st Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, to the scene to report the incident as a hate crime.
The pol then called the mayor’s office to dispatch the Economic Development Corporation’s graffiti removal service. As of 1:45pm today, police and the EDC were on the scene. When the police wrapped up their investigation, the graffiti was immediately removed.
Treyger said he spoke to members of the American Legion post, which included World War II veterans who were glad to see the symbol of hate eliminated.
“A swastika is not just offensive to the Jewish community, it’s offensive to everybody,” Treyger said. “An attack against one part of our community is an attack against us all. We have a zero tolerance policy on that.”
He added: “I do want to commend the precinct for coming down quickly, and the mayor’s office for sending the graffiti removal van immediately.”
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz expressed his outrage at the vandalism on Facebook yesterday evening.
“I condemn the spray-painting of a swastika on American Legion Marlboro Memorial Post 1437, whose members include World War II veterans who saw the Nazi atrocities firsthand,” he wrote. “I will continue to work with authorities to ensure that the perpetrator of this hate vandalism is swiftly brought to justice. As the son of Holocaust survivors, I believe we must continue to educate people about this terrible period in our history. Ignorance is no excuse for spreading messages of hate.”
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also reached out to Sheepshead Bites by e-mail following our report, also to condemn the graffiti. He wrote:
I condemn hate crimes—from the five boroughs of New York City to every corner of the globe. Our extraordinary diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As such, any and all acts against people based on their sex, race, religion, color, or creed are attacks that cut to the very core of who we are as New Yorkers and what this City has meant and always will mean to people around the world. We stand united against these crimes, confident that the light of peace and justice will always triumph over the darkness of hate and prejudice.
While Treyger and others expressed gratitude to Sheepshead Bites for bringing attention to the anti-Semitic vandalism, the real credit goes to tipster Michael S. who was the first to speak up about it.
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After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:
The Flatbush Frolic is this Sunday – which means music, rides, and food, food, food. [Ditmas Park Corner]
Convict offered undercover cop $10k to kill witness. [Bensonhurst Bean]
A new spot is serving up the most unusual tea we’ve ever had. [Park Slope Stoop]
Clinton Hill is getting its own CrossFit gym. [Fort Greene Focus]
Remembering a wedding dress shop whose old sign was recently uncovered. [South Slope News]
NYC’s libraries are in shambles. [Capital New York]
Video: Take a font tour of Brooklyn and Queens. [Gothamist]
Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
One Bedroom in Brighton Beach
Location: 2752 Homecrest Avenue
Description: So apparently there’s a trendy bar and nightlife deal in Brighton Beach. According to the realtor, this apartment is steps away from this supposed cool spot. When you’re not partying it up in the red light district, this apartment has high ceilings for that indoor trampoline and the place is exposed to natural light.
Contact: Omar Dyer, Danrich Family Homes, (347) 785-0140
One Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Location: Sheepshead Bay Road
Description: This realtor is a true existentialist. Every amenity description ends in a question mark. Or, it’s a way to cover herself when the apartment ends up not having a media room. Either way, the true question is: $1,800 for a one bedroom?
Contact: Julia Korynevska, Oxford Property Partners, firstname.lastname@example.org
One “Desirous” Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Location: 3310 Nostrand Avenue
Description: Here’s your chance to live in the splendid Lawrence Towers, the jewel of Sheepshead Bay. The apartment includes a stove and a refrigerator, just some of the luxuries.
Contact: Ilene, DSJ Realty, (718) 266-3700
Three Bedrooms in Midwood
Location: 1911 East 29th Street
Description: While this apartment description has no mention of closet space, there is “tons of cabinet” space so get used to storing your stuff in cabinets. There is also a balcony. But, based on the realtors use of caps, the most important thing here is that the block doesn’t have alternate side parking.
Contact: Tameka Isaacs, HP Greenfield Real Estate, (718)338-3380
If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, Q trains are rerouted via the R in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av.
From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.
From 6:45am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Avenue X.
All times until 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.
CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
It’s hard to believe that summer isn’t even officially over, and yet Rosh Hashana will be upon us this week.
To that end, Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay, under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Segal, invites all to usher in the spirit of the High Holiday season with a Selichot service and concert, this Saturday evening, September 20 at 8:30pm.
The concert, featuring the beautiful violin and piano music of the High Holy Days, will be held at 2801 Emmons Avenue between East 28th Street and 29th Street. No fee is required but you must RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling (347) 850-4170.
Photo by Albert Hasson
Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swastika graffiti is hardly new in the Sheepshead Bay area, but seeing it on a building dedicated to war veterans is a bit too much to stand.
Reader Michael S. tipped us off to a new swastika sighted at the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, submitting the photos yesterday.
I was walking on avenue X between west 1st and west 2nd, when I spotted a swastika In front of a building. I will ask and offer my help for the removal in a few days, in an effort to allow management to rid of it themselves. Let me know if you are interested in their reply immediately after I approach them in regards to this matter. Pictures included .
Keeping this symbol Infront of their establishment does NOT register as American nationalism to me.
As we told Michael, the city does operate a free graffiti removal service. You can submit a claim here, call your councilman’s office (in this case, Mark Treyger at  307-7151) or call 311. We recommend doing all three.
Anybody can make a request, but for private property it can take longer as they need the landlord’s consent. We’re sure, once Michael notifies the American Legion post, they’ll be fine with doing away with the symbol of hate that many of them fought against.
An elderly woman was arrested after she allegedly tossed it down the trash chute of her Batchelder Street building, causing injuries that led to its death.
Cops were called to 2334 Batchelder Street in the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses at around 5pm on Tuesday, after a neighbor heard the canine’s cries echoing up the shaft leading to the trash compactor.
The Daily News reports:
“She went to throw out the garbage and she heard the dog crying,” [a neighbor] said. “I ran to housing and got (them) to open up where the (compactors) are because the door was locked.”
She said she found the dog bleeding in the bottom of the trash compactor.
“It was bleeding. It was still crying,” she said.
The dog’s owner, who reportedly lives on the fourth floor, was not identified. Police took her into custody for questioning, but she was later released. It is unclear if she will face charges.
The dog was crippled by its injuries and unable to walk. It was rushed to a nearby vet and later transferred to the care of the ASPCA. It had to be euthanized due to its injuries.
The elderly woman was overheard telling police that the dog “made me miserable, I have pain,” as she was put into the back of a police vehicle.