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Vandals target more than a half dozen trees on 70th Street, residents say

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A group of teens spray-painted more than a half dozen trees on 70th Street in Bay Ridge earlier this month — apparently not caring that neighbors saw them mark up the sycamores and ash trees that lined the block from their windows.

The vandals blitzed the block between Narrows Avenue and Colonial Road on Sept. 13, stunning residents living on the usually sleepy street.

“Who does this, some kind of gang?” asked Marilin Mele, who lives around the corner.

Others were outraged when they saw the nonsensical blue tags left behind, claiming that marring a tree affects the neighborhood both aesthetically and emotionally.

“It defaces a beautiful tree in a pretty neighborho­od,” said Susan Montague, who had a tree in front of her home tagged.

Cops have yet to identify the markings, but some 70th Street residents have shrugged off the vandalism as some kind of teenage prank.

“These kids probably had too many Coronas and said ‘Hey, let’s hit this tree,’ and then were like ‘Hey, let’s this next one,’ and so on,” said resident Kevin Ortiz, who had a tree directly in front of his home vandalized.

One resident, who wished not to be named, claimed that she witnessed the vandalism, but didn’t contact the police because she was unable to take a photo of the would-be taggers, which she described as a group of six preteen boys. She said she does not believe the youths live in the neighborhood, but she’s seen them hanging around the block over the past year.

Residents are hoping that their neighbors clean the tags off the trees in front of their home before the vandals return.

“Other people will see this and do more graffiti on top of it,” Mele said.

Members of the NYPD’s Anti-Graffiti task force would not comment for this story. Calls to the 68th Precinct were not returned by our midnight deadline.

Updated 6:55 am, September 24, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

John from Bay Ridge says:
"Calls to the 68th Precinct were not returned by our midnight deadline."

What a surprise! Did anyone at the 68th even bother to pick up the phone? I doubt it.
Sept. 24, 2012, 8:11 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
"Calls to the 68th Precinct were not returned by our midnight deadline."

Our deadline?

As if your deadline had some sort of importance.
Sept. 24, 2012, 8:50 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
the same group vandalized multiple lampposts and 2 trees on Colonial from 75 to 70, as well as several trees and benches outside of Narrows botanic gardens, and the wall on the underpass to the pier.. apparently most graffiti were done on 9/11 prior to 7:30 where the Brooklyn DA, Golden, and Gentile were at the 69 Street Pier for the 9/11 memorial service, with lots of police presence.
Sept. 24, 2012, 11 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
so they did the graffiti works on 3 separate days. 9/11 on Colonial, 9/12 on Botanic Garden and Bay Ridge Ave, and 9/13 on 70 St
Sept. 24, 2012, 11:20 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
So we have a "crew" of graffiti writers working a relativily small area. Does anyone have the name of one or more of these kids?

By the way, what are they writing, a simple "tag" or some kind of message?
Sept. 24, 2012, 12:33 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
i bet that they are new freshman students of FHHS, its symbols and gang tags
Sept. 24, 2012, 1:07 pm
Julius Zsako from Bay Ridge says:
These kids are hooked on the thrill of doing graffiti. What graffiti experts and consultants too often fail to understand is that true graffiti prevention and control can only come from preventative education. Meaningful penalties in local laws might stop some, but building attitudes among kids that preclude future involvement in graffiti crimes is sorely needed. Kids need to know that graffiti does hurt others and the community as a whole. Graffiti is no joke. If I missed something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica.com Graffiti hurts us all.
Sept. 24, 2012, 7:06 pm
Chuck Bartel from Bay Ridge says:
Zsako is right about preventing crimes of graffiti vandalism... www.DefacingAmerica.com seems very infortmative
Sept. 25, 2012, 6:53 pm

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