Street ‘artists’ hit expressway

Writing on the wall: A large, ornate graffiti tag appeared along the Gowanus Expressway, in the vicinity of 83rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Community Newspaper Group / Will Bredderman

The canal isn’t the only Gowanus that needs cleaning.

Vandals tagged the concrete face of a wall along the Gowanus Expressway close to the corner of 83rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway earlier this month.

The six elaborate, green, purple, white, and black designs take up almost the entire surface of the wall, and are marked with the initials “FTR” and “DWC.”

Community Board 10 reported that the spray-painted scrawls are unlike anything previously seen in the neighborhood — but said that the initials have popped up in numerous places around the neighborhood in recent months.

“We’ve seen them before,” said CB10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann.

Bay Ridge electeds have long tried to combat a rising tide of aerosol “art” through police enforcement and coordinated clean-up efforts, and vowed to get the underpass wall scrubbed.

“Graffiti is undoubtedly one of the greatest eyesores in our community and is the start of the breakdown in our quality of life,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge).

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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