Upper West Sider Robert Smallwell came upon some disturbing graffiti at the entrance to a playground located off 89th Street. The playground is down a courtyard behind the apartment building at 587 Amsterdam Avenue between 88th & 89th Streets.
Smallwell says he has attempted to report the graffiti to police but has had some trouble — “I’ve tried to contact 311 & NYPD Hate Crimes Unit (with no results-probably busy with other stuff),” he wrote to us early on Friday.
He continued trying to tell authorities.
“After a half dozen phone calls – to no effect…it seems I have to report the incident to the local precinct in person (on West 100th Street). I also downloaded the NYC-311 app and was able to text a message (no photos!?!) to 311. They gave me wrong information on reporting the “hate crime graffiti'”
311 sent him a message that “Your service request has been filed; the confirmation number is 1-1-1567240462. DPR will respond within 3 days. ”
But with the following caveat “(However, Department of Parks and Recreation might not have jurisdiction because it might be a private playground.)”
Smallwell also reported it to the local school, which his son attends.
“This problem of reporting and responsibility should be brought to the attention of our local Assemblyman..is that Daniel O’Donnell? It should be simple!” Smallwell added.
An NYPD spokesperson said they had not heard about the graffiti. The 24th precinct tells us they will be sending an officer to investigate “in a little while.”