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NYC Park Advocated reported anti-police and anti-Semitic graffiti in Maspeth's Reiff Playground on three separate occasions.

Reiff Playground in Maspeth has apparently been the target of hate messages since the end of October.

According to NYC Park Advocates, which first reported the story, Reiff Playground has been the site of hateful and vulgar messages on three separate occasions — Nov. 29, Nov. 16 and Oct. 30.

This is part of an ongoing trend of hate crimes and offensive vandalism seen across Queens and New York City in the past month.

It was originally reported that anti-Semitic and anti-police messages allegedly reading “F—k the Jew,” “show money” and “F—k the Police,” along with a swastika, and money symbols and hearts were found spray painted inside the handball courts and play area of the playground located at 59th Drive between Fresh Pond Road and 63rd Street, by a parkgoer just after midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

NYC Parks Advocates has provided photos of the graffiti from the other two occasions.

The vandal or vandals spray painted swastikas on the handball courts and on the “Reiff Playground” entrance sign right outside the park, a picture of a face with “MDMA” (aka ecstasy) written above it on the floor, vulgar sexual messages on the children’s play equipment, the word “GANG” written on a slide in gold spray paint, and the phrases “Death over Dishonor” and “F–k Christ” written in spray paint along the playground’s comfort station.

“We have gotten numerous incidents like this recently across the city. There definitely has been an uptick of racially motivated hate speech,” said Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates. “The Parks Department, once they find out about this stuff, they are very quick to cover it up, but it is still disturbing that people feel comfortable defacing public property like that.”

When QNS went to Reiff Playground on the night of Thursday, Dec. 1, to get photographs of the graffiti, it had already been removed by the Parks Department. All that remained was the remnant of something written in black paint.

Photo by Anthony Giudice/QNS

Photo by Anthony Giudice/QNS

Croft said that the 104th Precinct has been notified of the vandalism.

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George L. Rosario December 06, 2016 / 09:53PM
I can almost promise you that this is not being done by responsible Maspeth adults that represent the spirit of the people of our Queens area. This is being done by media watching, misguided, attention hungry idiots with too much time on their hands and a lack of any real social education. This is being done by someone or a group of people who wants to bring the wrong type of attention to our neighborhood so they can then point fingers and say, "see, I told you so." I can almost guarantee this is not being done by people who responsibly exercised their right and their duty to vote and actually went and voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or whomever else they supported. I can bet my house that this is not being done by people who get involved in making their community better through any type of community organization. This is being done by people who get off on seeing their actions in the news, and the media is giving them exactly what they want. Let's focus more on the many volunteers from community organizations like the Glendale Kiwanis Club, other members of the numerous Kiwanis Queens West Division clubs, local NYPD precincts, local FDNY fire houses, the local property owner associations, the members of GCOP, local Boy Scout troops, the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, local church groups, the civic associations, volunteers and even some of our local politicians, all who come together to give of their time and organize clean-up efforts to deal with this type of garbage before it becomes news. You see, the moment it becomes news it gives the rest of the attention hungry copy cats a reason to jump on the band wagon and start spreading this type of hateful message. I can almost guarantee that the people who are putting these things up in our Queens neighborhoods didn't just skip voting, but also belong to no real group that truly represents the individuals that make up Queens. So here's my suggestion on how to deal with these idiots. Please reach out to our community groups and do a HUGE feature on the things we do to bring the community together. Let's stop giving this much importance to the few incidents of random graffiti that are purposely put up to divide us. The people of Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hills and all the other Queens neighborhoods I frequent on a regular basis do not support this type of hate, nor is this a representation of the philosophy of the residents of these neighborhoods. As Realtors selling Queens real estate, we become a part of the neighborhoods and the people we service. Most neighborhoods are comprised of good people who are inclusive, tolerant, patriotic and community minded. This vandalism is the work of people who are outsiders in their way of thinking and should not be given the time of day by anyone who does not want to see any more separation of the great and diverse people of New York. I love New York City's boroughs. I love the diversity of the people that make up my great city. The hate mongers will continue to try to divide us. It is up to us to put emphasis on all the things that bring us together.
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