Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Different Kind of Vandalism

Fourteen years ago, on a Monday morning in February 2010, Gossips reported on the aftermath of a late night, possibly alcohol-fueled rampage on the 200 and 300 blocks of Warren Street.
Vandalism on Warren Street Someone went on a rampage last night, overturning planters on the 200 and 300 blocks of Warren Street. Many of the objects of assault were the whiskey barrel planters placed on the street by the Beautification Committee a few years ago, but private property was not spared. One of the large cast iron urns in front of 242 Warren Street was pushed over, and--most destructive--one of the large ceramic pots flanking the entrance to 232 Warren Street was knocked over and smashed.
This past Sunday, the property at 446 Warren Street was the victim of a different kind of vandalism, more purposeful, probably premeditated, but as destructive and disrespectful as the late night rampage of yesteryear. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., when it was still light, two men drove up to the building in a black SUV, being careful not to park in front of the fire hydrant. While one man stayed in the car, presumably keeping the motor running, the other cut or broke branches off the amazing smoke bush that grows beside the building.

When he was finished, he packed the boughs into the SUV, and the two of them drove off, leaving the smoke bush horribly mutilated.

What the culprits may not know is that their actions were captured on security cameras, and the video has been turned over to the Hudson Police Department.



  1. People have been poaching from gardens on Union and Allen for years. People will start complaining about the gentrification of petty crime. They used to seal catalytic converters, not they come for my hydrangeas!

  2. At least they have good taste! That is a very handsome arrangement of plants. For wedding decor? It is June...

  3. I'd love to be the judge in cases like this. I'd give 'em two years for the crime and another 10 years for being too stupid to walk among us.