This morning, I received an email from a reader, thanking me for posting the photograph of the graffiti on the building on South Third Street, which was until recently the location of Ör. He said graffiti is "in such need of recognition for what it is and does to Hudson."
He expressed the opinion that "graffiti is one of the most damaging crimes against our society/community because it stays for years at a time and repeatedly assaults our senses on an emotional level, very much like constant verbal harassment." He included the link to Combating Graffiti: Reclaiming the Public Spaces of New York, a booklet published sometime during the twelve years that Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City (2002-2013). The booklet recommends the following action, after reporting the occurrence of graffiti to the police: "The prompt removal of the graffiti is suggested to prevent the long term display of the markings, and discourage the purpose of the vandalism."
The recommendation inspired me to drive by the building on my way home from the farmers market this morning to discover that the graffiti was no longer there.
Gossips doesn't know when the graffiti was removed. The property is owned by Galvan Initiatives Foundation.
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