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Bounty! Greenpoint bizman offers reward for graffiti vandal’s capture

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This bounty is no BS.

A Greenpoint businessman is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of a graffiti artist who has tagged his buildings with the letters “B” and “S.”

“They’re all over the place,” said Broadway Stages owner Tony Argento. “This guy is getting bolder and bolder.”

Argento noticed the tags nine months ago on his warehouses on Norman Avenue, Moultire Street, Humboldt Street and Franklin Street, where television shows such as “The Good Wife” and “Blue Bloods” are filmed.

One of Argento’s tenants said he saw the painter spraying his one-liner on Franklin Street at 7:30 pm two weeks ago. The tenant, Joe Grant of Brooklyn Studios, described the artist as a “slim” 6-foot Caucasian man in his early 20s.

“I didn’t see his face because he had a hood on,” said Grant. “I just saw that incident that one day where the guy was using spray paint and then he walked away. It’s his stain, or whatever.”

Graffiti artists have been bombing Greenpoint’s buildings for decades. But the “BS” moniker, which appears in doorways, on brick walls, and other structures noticeable from street level, has proliferated quickly — and earned some respect from a fellow tagger.

“He is doing a great job of doing what graffiti artists do — destroying property,” said Greenpoint artist NohJColey. “The majority of ‘graff’ writers don’t want a show in a gallery or even money for their efforts in the public space.”

But unsolicited public art comes with a risk — jail time.

Police have arrested 75 art vandals in Greenpoint and 89 taggers in Williamsburg so far this year, which account for over one-fifth of Brooklyn’s total graffiti arrests this year.

Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson of the 94th Precinct, which covers Greenpoint and the Northside of Williamsburg, said police are looking for multiple suspects.

“It’s a whole team of people who write their initials within the ‘BS,’ ” said Hurson. “I saw it twice on the way back from a meeting today. Once you start looking for it, you notice it everywhere.”

For info about the bounty, contact Broadway Stages at (718) 349-9146.

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

why spray? says:
what a loser a person must really be to spraypaint or tag or whatever its called
Oct. 11, 2011, 7:39 pm
Fred from uptown says:
And with this article he has achieved the highest level of fame he ever possibly could. Congrats!
Oct. 12, 2011, 12:47 pm
YERENEMY from Gotham city says:
So sad to see the effort to drag some ones tallent to da ground da rich always wana keep on taken ?? I feel if u put iut a bounty on BS maby u should help him then lockin him up i bet u he will make u twice maby even tripple as much money graffitti bombers we r born with talent and defects das y we do wat we do so well so coming from me LEt It GOOO Tony argento
Jan. 15, 2012, 8:57 am
Solek from greenpoint says:
this person should be killed asap. thanks.
May 1, 2012, 4:56 pm
Solek from greenpoint says:
this person should be killed asap. thanks.
May 1, 2012, 4:56 pm
Captain Pizda from Greenpoint says:
I'll make love to you. If you want me to... AND I want let go till you tell me to. Tonight is your night. Girl, I'm gonna treat you right.
May 2, 2012, 10:02 am
Captain Pizda from Greenpoint says:
I'll make love to you. If you want me to... AND I want let go till you tell me to. Tonight is your night. Girl, I'm gonna treat you right.
May 2, 2012, 10:02 am
WEEG from Brooklyn says:
Welcome to NEW YORK GRITTY!!! BS !!!!
May 31, 2013, 3:43 pm

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