Swastika Spree in Borough Park Investigated as a Hate Crime

By Janet Upadhye | June 15, 2012 12:37pm 

BOROUGH PARK — Several swastikas were spray painted on buildings, including a synagogue, throughout Borough Park late Thursday night.

The swastikas are being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force as possible bias incidents, police sources said.

Friday morning at 4:45 a.m. a man arrived at Borough Park Progressive Synagogue on 46th Street for prayer and was greeted by a white swastika on the outside of the building. 

A few doors down another swastika was painted on the Glatt Food Center door.

Six swastikas were discovered in the vicinity, including one on Fischman’s Food Center, on a car near P.S. 223, and on a Jewish ritual bathhouse.

Councilman David G. Greenfield offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information on the investigation.

“Once again, we find ourselves under attack from individuals who think nothing of spreading hate and fear throughout the community," Greenfield said in a statement.  "This is absolutely unacceptable, especially in an area that is home to so many Holocaust survivors."

Fishman’s Market caught the incident on their security cameras.

Owner Scheindel Fischman said she watched her security tapes early Friday morning after her son called to tell her about a swastika painted on their store window.

She said that two youngish individuals wearing hoods are seen shaking spray paint cans and spraying outside the store.

The time stamp of the incident is at 2:43 am.

Daniel Jasper, a 21-year-old community member stood outside of the store.

“It makes me wonder,” he said. “Is there somebody after us?”

Other locals were less concerned.

A the owner of a baby furniture store on 46th Street says vandalism of this nature occurs all the time.

“This is not news,” he said. “You think this is the first time this has happened in our neighborhood?”

Greenfield said that at least once a month there is a spray painted swastika reported in the neighborhood.

“Usually we get reports of it happening in a backyard or side alley.” he said.  "This is the first time so many were reported on main streets.”