GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY — State Sen. Brad Hoylman took to the streets of Greenwich Village on Thursday to help remove graffiti covering an empty storefront in the neighborhood.
The vacant storefront sits at 205 Bleecker Street, near the corner of Bleecker Street, Minetta Street, and 6th Avenue.
"I'm grateful to members of the local community for reaching out to remove graffiti on this building at 205 Bleecker Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village and my Senate District," Hoylman said in a news release. "But the City of New York should be doing its job. The City's defunct graffiti removal program cost $3 million a year, but the benefits it brought to street life and small businesses were enormous."
"The City must bring back the Graffiti-Free NYC program to help build confidence and a semblance of normalcy for our small businesses and neighborhoods," Hoylman added.
New York City suspended the graffiti-cleaning program in March, due to budget cuts related to coronavirus losses.
Hoylman's push to remove graffiti from Lower Manhattan also comes after two incidents in September where anti-Semitic and anti-Black symbols and words were drawn on a building in the West Village and a van parked in the East Village.
Just saw this on the west side of 1st Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets. Sickening. The perpetrators must be found and held accountable.
Go to hell, Nazis. pic.twitter.com/VzrRZ5Urns
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) September 25, 2020