Hateful graffiti found in Forest Park
by Patrick Kearns
Aug 01, 2017 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police are investigating anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti scrawled across rocks and trees in Forest Park last week.

According to parks advocate and watchdog Geoffrey Croft, the graffiti was found on the orange trail between Park Lane South and the closed road by 112th Street in Richmond Hill, near the Montauk rail line.

According to a spokeswoman from the Parks Department, the NYPD is investigating the incident. Parks immediately covered the graffiti upon learning of its existence.

Mk Moore, who runs the Friends of Forest Park, said the location of the graffiti is in an area known for drug use.

According to Moore, dealers wait on the street at the entrance on Park Lane South, where there's a small entry behind the park benches that heads down to the LIRR tracks and allows people to get under the bridge.

“The residents of the area have been very vocal that this drug use is basically going on in their backyard,” he said.

But despite the graffiti and illicit activity, Moore praised the job the 102nd Precinct has done in patrolling the 500-acre Forest Park.

“These officers have really increased police activity in the park,” he said. “Forest Park is a very safe and family-friendly place. These isolated incidents are sad because they upset people, but the fact remains that crime is way down in the park.”
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