Riverdale park vandalized with graffiti, racial slurs

Some of the racial slurs on the Spuyten Duyvil Playground have been painted over - though the majority of the graffiti is still present.

News 12 Staff

Feb 13, 2022, 2:48 AM

Updated 792 days ago

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A Riverdale park was found vandalized with graffiti and racial slurs.
Some of the racial slurs on the Spuyten Duyvil Playground have been painted over - though the majority of the graffiti is still present.
A water fountain and an electrical box were also vandalized. The NYPD tells News 12 that a complaint has been filed.
News 12's Faith Graham also spotted officers inspecting the area.
Local leaders took to social media to denounce the hateful messages. State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who is also running for Congress, tweeted: "This disgusting display of overt racism is cruel & unwelcome in every part of New York."
Bronx Councilmember Eric Dinowitz says in a statement, "My office has been in touch with the highest ranks at the Parks Department and the local precinct for this racist, hateful vandalism. There is no place for racism here in District 11 or anywhere in our city, and no child should have to confront these vile messages, especially where they're meant to play."
Dinowitz says the vandalism will be cleared and that the incident has been referred to the Hate Crimes Division.
In a statement, NYC Parks says, "Bias graffiti has no place in parks. We are removing it this morning.Parks staff remove graffiti on a daily basis in parks throughout the city. Graffiti is typically removed within 24 hours of us receiving notice of it. Anyone who observes graffiti in parks should report it to 311."


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