Two men drew swastikas and profanities on a building in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, according to the NYPD, reporting the latest allegation of anti-Semitism after a spike in incidents targeting Jews in the city.
The men, who are shown in a surveillance video from Dec. 22 at 9:20 a.m. that the NYPD released Wednesday on Twitter, allegedly drew the graffiti on the building at 1116 Manhattan Ave.
“Recognize them?” the tweet asks, adding: “Hate of any kind will NOT be tolerated in NYC.“
What the men are accused of doing constitutes the crime of aggravated harassment, the tweet says.
New York City is experiencing an “anti-Semitic crisis,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told a Jewish congregation Saturday, a day before he and about 20,000 participated in a “No Hate. No Fear” solidarity march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has said there was a 22% increase in anti-Semitic crimes reported last year, most not physical violence but vandalism such as swastika graffiti.
Jews have been spat at, slapped, hit and punched, and women have had wigs pulled off, among other attacks. Elsewhere in the metropolitan area, there has been a stabbing during Hanukkah, and a deadly shooting at a kosher supermarket.
In the city, most of the reports have been in Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn such as Crown Heights, Borough Park and Williamsburg.
The Greenpoint building houses a Mexican restaurant called Acapulco.
Emily Zenteno, a manager whose family owns the restaurant, said the graffiti was written with a Sharpie-like marker and discovered by a woman walking her dog who called the police, who in turn told the restaurant management and sought surveillance video.
The vandals drew the swastika on the front of the restaurant, then a curse word against the city, which they crossed out and replaced with "this place," Zenteno said.
Zenteno said the family couldn't find anyone to hire during Christmas week to remove the graffiti, so they did the work themselves with stain remover and liquid.