It’s sabotage: Swastikas, ‘Go Trump’ graffitied on Adam Yauch Park playground in Brooklyn Heights

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Someone scrawled swastikas and the words “Go Trump” on the playground in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights on Friday.

At least three parents found the offensive vandalism on the popular kids’ play spot — named for the late Brooklyn-born Beastie Boys member — and reported it to state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights)’s office that day, according to a spokesman for the pol.

Police got word of the anti-Semitic scribbles at around 3 pm, and are now investigating it as a hate crime, according to a department spokeswoman.

Parks workers scrubbed the sullied play equipment on Friday night, and locals covered it in paper hearts, flowers, and chalk peace signs the next day — buoying the spirits of parkgoers, who said they were pleased to see their community battling hate with love.

“Obviously I had very much a negative reaction, especially in a park where all the kids come, but this is great it makes you feel proud,” said Jonathan Dawson, who lives around the corner from the park. “I think it reflects the true feelings of the community.”

Squadron and other local political and faith leaders are also holding a rally in the park to “stand up against hate” on Sunday — and Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will be there, according to Squadron.

This isn’t the first incident of Donald Trump-related hatred in the area since the Republican won the presidential election — a Trump supporter also reportedly punched a woman in the face after a political argument in a Boerum Hill bistro on Saturday, and someone wrote “Trump!” on the door of the Muslim prayer room at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering Downtown on Nov. 9.

But Brooklyn Heights is also a longtime target for anti-Semitic graffiti — vandals have drawn swastikas on local synagogues, apartment buildings, cars, and even the neighborhood Trader Joe’s in years past.

Yauch a secular Jew and practising Buddhist who railed against human right abuses and Islamophobia.

Yauch died of cancer in 2012, and his fans now gather annually at his namesake park near the anniversary of his death for “MCA Day.”

Rally in Adam Yauch Park (27 State St. betweeb Columbia and Willow places in Brooklyn Heights). Nov. 20 at 11:30 am.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with community reaction.
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Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Oh, I believe that - /s

Looks like they don't have a lot of practice drawing swastikas.
Nov. 18, 2016, 10:54 pm
Poontana Rodriguez says:
Everyone knows that Nydia Velazquez paid some teens to paint this. Wow, she's pathetic.
Nov. 19, 2016, 9:08 am
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Welcome to Trumpistan, where deplorables commit all sorts of bigoted acts, then blame liberals. You bigots aren't fooling anyone though.
Nov. 19, 2016, 10:59 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Don't look at me, I voted for Hillary Clinton.
Nov. 19, 2016, 3:56 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
Props to Senator Squadron for handling this so quickly. This sort of hateful nonsense has no place in Brooklyn.
Nov. 19, 2016, 4:58 pm
Mr. Bill says:
Those are not swastikas. They are indigenous people's sign for the sun. A swastika's outer 90 deg. line is drawn from left to right. The Nazis drew it that way to indicate a new rising.

The symbols shown are used as decoration on Northeastern European clothing and can be found on the walls of Southwestern pueblo Indian walls.
Nov. 19, 2016, 9:54 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
If I find the mofo who did this I am going to make sure the last thing they know is the taste of what their parents ligaments are when they're deep fried in their own belly fat.
Nov. 20, 2016, 1:35 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
If the work of smart-alecky teenagers like this didn't get so much media attention there would be a lot less of it.
Nov. 20, 2016, 6:46 am
Vanessa Fontella from Cobble Hill says:
You think this is the end of it?! I saw other graffiti recently - one was a spray paint drawing of a penis, another was the words "bang me" in ghetto letters! Who painted those?!
Nov. 20, 2016, 8:39 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The Illuminati painted them... but not the ones with the eye on the dollar bill ones, I mean the REAL ones with the bottled water and the things with the shoelaces.
Nov. 20, 2016, 1:13 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Keep in mind that both the KKK and neo-Nazis were in favor for Trump over Hillary during the election, which is another reason why I voted for her instead.
Nov. 20, 2016, 3:38 pm
Honntanah Jenkins says:
I guess Tal is bitter now that President Trump is likely to deport him. Enjoy the trip back to your own country!
Nov. 21, 2016, 8:52 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Honntanah Jenkins, despite being Israeli-born, me and my family did enter the country legally and have been naturalized for over a decade, so The Donald can't deport any of us even if he wanted to.
Nov. 21, 2016, 4:16 pm

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