Photos via Facebook/Eileen O'Gara Linzer
A swastika scrawled into the snow at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village on the morning of Feb. 1.

Middle Village residents awoke on Wednesday morning to discover that vandals left giant hate symbols sprawled across Juniper Valley Park’s ballfields.

Eileen O’Gara Linzer was out walking her dog in the park when she discovered that a swastika and the letters KKK had been etched into the snow-covered athletic fields off the intersection of Juniper Boulevard South and 78th Street.

Linzer snapped pictures of the hate symbols and posted them on her Facebook page, which was quickly spread across the community.

“These are the images I encountered in the park. Down the block from where my Jewish husband and half-Jewish children are currently living. In one of the most diverse places on earth, and one of our most beloved – Queens NY,” she wrote in her Facebook post about the incident.

Don’t condescend [sic] to me and tell me these animals have not been emboldened by the current climate,” Linzer added, referencing recent hate crimes across the city and country since the election of Donald Trump as president last November. Middle Village is one of the few Queens neighborhoods that voted for Trump.

Linzer told QNS that finding the symbols in the park was shocking: “We know the neighborhood to be kind, friendly and caring. It’s not something we’d ever expect to see there.”

Police and the Parks Department were notified of the incident. The Parks Department reported that the hate symbols have since been erased from the park.

“Hate has no place in our parks. When offensive hate speech is discovered, NYC Parks works with NYPD to remove it immediately,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.


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Shaniqa Pikes February 02, 2017 / 07:39AM
Usually, almost always, the person who "reports" that they found a hate symbol is the one who put it there. I am doubly suspicious in this case, because of Ms. Linzer's "nobody will silence me" Facebook post referring to the "current climate." She sounds like a crazy amateur left winger trying to blame this on the president.
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Michael February 03, 2017 / 23:44PM
Seems like a cry for attention. I doubt that the multitudes of KKK supporters in Middle Village would out themselves in such a diminished manner. Yes, I remember the hooded figures by the thousands marching through Juniper Valley Park in the 70's and 80's but it seems they have been on the down low as of late. Until this heinous act...

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