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Swastikas, 'KKK' Scrawled on Upper West Side Buildings and Phone Booths

By DNAinfo Staff on December 14, 2016 3:55pm

 Swastikas and anti-semitic language were scrawled on building along Broadway between West 103rd and 105th streets. 
Swastikas and Anti-Semitic Language Found on Upper West Side
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Police are investigating after a series of swastikas, "KKK" and "Nazi" were scrawled in marker on the outside of buildings and phone booths over a two-block stretch of Broadway.

The swastikas were found on the inside of two phone booths on Broadway between West 104th and 105th streets and on a green signal box on the corner of West 104th Street and Broadway.

The phone booths had been covered with black garbage bags and duct tape, which had come partially undone by early Wednesday afternoon. 

Additionally, the letters "KKK" were found drawn on a white wall outside Juanitos Barbershop at 2724 Broadway on Wednesday and had not been covered up. 

Another swastika was drawn outside Plowshares Coffee at 2730 Broadway and had been covered over with a black garbage bag and duct tape on Wednesday afternoon. 

Outside the urgent care center CityMD, drawings in black, pink and blue ink that contained swastikas, the word "Nazi," a Star of David and other indecipherable words were found.

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An officer from the nearby 24th Precinct said the drawings were reported this morning and that the precinct was investigating. 

It wasn't clear when the drawings were done, but Mark Santiago, 47, a bookseller stationed on the east side of Broadway between West 104th and 105th streets said he saw police officers covering over some of the swastikas with garbage bags around 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

"To me it's not a big deal, but the majority of people are Jewish up here, so it is to them," he said. 

An employee from Juanitos Barbershop who did not share his name said he only noticed the "KKK" drawing Wednesday afternoon when people began stopping to take photos. Managers of the barbershop and Plowshares Coffee were not available to comment. 

The property manager for CityMD declined to comment. 

In mid-November, the NYPD reported that the number of swastikas reported in the city had jumped 500 percent as compared to the same time period last year. 

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