Police are investigating an act of anti-Semitism on the Lower East Side after several swastikas were found scribbled inside the Hillman Houses on Grand Street.
The graffiti was discovered on several floors of the cooperative complex Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was first spotted at about 8:30 a.m. by a custodian. In addition to the swastikas, there was also offensive language targeting Jews.
Channel 4 spoke with one resident, Brandi Goldstein, who came across the graffiti in the stairwell near her apartment. “I walk up the stairs and I see a terrible word and then — Jews, and then it says — you and then it says — Jews again,” Goldstein said. “And then just Jews and some tag I cannot understand.” A poorly drawn swastika was also scribbled outside her front door.
In a Twitter message, the 7th Precinct stated, “We would like to let our Jewish Community know that Anti Semitic acts would not be tolerated in our Community. This incident will be thoroughly investigated.”
Someone defaced a Lower East Side synagogue this past week, scrawling, “KKK” and “F—“ on the facade of First Roumanian American Congregation/Beth Hachasidim DePolen. The shul, located at 233 East Broadway, is part of the LES’s historic Shtiebel Row.
The hateful markings were discovered late Wednesday evening. It appears the anti-Semitic act took place earlier in the day on Wednesday. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
On Thursday, a swastika was found on the front of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on West 86th Street. Police do not believe the incidents are related. Yesterday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio tweeted, “If you have information on the defacing of Beth Hachasidim DePolen downtown or Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the UWS, call the NYPD.” He added, “Hate will not be tolerated in New York City.”
If you have information about these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
A suspect who fatally stabbed a man in Queens this week also knifed a victim on the Lower East Side during an incident last week. The LES attack was not fatal.