Anti-Semetic Graffiti Plagues Upper West Side: Reports

By Brendan Krisel

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — Vandals have painted swastikas at multiple locations on the Upper West Side amid a city-wide increase in anti-Semitic crimes, according to multiple reports.

The latest act of vandalism occurred Thursday morning near the Hudson River Greenway and West 72nd Street, Gothamist first reported. A tipster sent the publication photos of two spray-painted swastikas on a concrete platform near the river.

One day before the graffiti appeared, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea warned of "an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, particularly swastikas, on buildings in part of the city," Gothamist reported.

An addition to the swastikas seen near the Hudson, a newspaper box on West 100th Street and Central Park West was defaced with swastika symbols and "KKK" this week, the West Side Rag reported.

City Councilman Mark Levine called attention to the problem a week ago when he posted a photo of a police/fire call box at West 104th Street and Columbus that was vandalized with "KKK" and swastikas in black marker.

After Thursday's reports, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer denounced the rising tide of hateful vandalism.

"Hate has absolutely no place in New York City. It's our duty to stand with our neighbors and root out anti-Semitism wherever we see it," Brewer said in a statement posted to Twitter.

The rise of anti-Semitism isn't just being felt on the Upper West Side. "Broad City" actress Ilana Glazer was forced to cancel a speaking event Thursday at a Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, synagogue after vandals scrawled messages such as "Die Jew rats, we are here," inside the building.

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