With the help of DPH Property Maintenance Service, a Brooklyn-based residential and commercial maintenance company, the Brooklyn lawmakers removed the graffiti from the exterior of A1 Auto Repair Shop.
The repair shop is one of many area businesses that have been tagged with graffiti. Earlier this year, the city suspended its $3 million Graffiti-Free NYC program, and 311 stopped accepting graffiti complaints due to budget issues.
According to the borough president, the Department of Sanitation’s Graffiti Tracking online portal, which provides updates about the location and resolution of reported incidents, has not been updated since early January.
“For many New Yorkers, the rise in graffiti brings to mind the bad old days of the 1970s, when crime was rampant throughout ur city and we surrendered to disorder,” Adams said. “But it’s more than just an eyesore, it affects local businesses and residents.
“Businesses like A1 Auto Repair Service, which are already suffering from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, often have to go into their own pockets to clean graffiti off their facades,” he added. “We were proud to lend a helping hand with Councilman Cornergy and DPH Property Maintenance.”
At the power-washing event, Adams also announced a $5,000 grant to the Flatbush Development Corporation to promote cleanup efforts in their catchment area.
The borough president called on the city to restore funding for the Graffiti-Free NYC program, increase support for groups that create community murals, and increase coordination between businesses and local precincts to increase preventative measures.
“This is exactly the kind of corporate citizenship we need during this difficult time,” Adams said. “Every New Yorker can play a role in keeping their communities graffiti-free.”