Graffiti

Graffiti cleaned up in Glendale
Graffiti cleaned up in Glendale
News Billy Rennison 9/20/2012 at 4:45PM

The 104th Precinct has a new ally in its war on graffiti — a new power washer. “There were certain buildings — like brick — that we wouldn’t paint over, but now we can clean up the graffiti,” said Police Officer Justin Dambinskas. The power washer was used to remove graffiti from the road barriers [...]

Lady Pink: Graffiti’s feisty first lady
Lady Pink: Graffiti’s feisty first lady
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 9/17/2012 at 10:26AM

Graffiti was a man’s world— until she painted it pink. Lady Pink, graffiti’s first and fieriest female figurehead, still reigns supreme as an icon in the American art arena. While her medium switched from subway cars and cinderblock walls to canvas over the years, the Astoria-based creative is still spreading her message — art is [...]

Many Woodhaven mailboxes stay graffiti free
Many Woodhaven mailboxes stay graffiti free
News Terence M. Cullen 8/30/2012 at 11:32AM

They delivered for you. Much of the graffiti that littered the blue or green mailboxes in Woodhaven has been painted over, and the boxes have stayed clean for the most part, said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA). On Sunday, August 26, Wendell and two other residents went out to clean [...]

Op Ed: Reclaiming our streets
Opinion Queens Courier Staff 8/03/2012 at 12:28PM

BY ED WENDELL A recent tour of Woodhaven found that just over 50 percent of mailboxes, both the blue and green variety, were covered in graffiti vandalism. Highly visible vandalism in a community does a couple of things. First, it contributes to a sense that the community is not secure. It tells anyone passing through [...]

The good & ugly
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/02/2012 at 12:12PM

THE GOOD . . . Taking back our streets. We applaud the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) — and all others like it — in their efforts to curb vandalism. Though we are lovers of art, we feel that graffiti is a blight on our communities. It lowers the value of area homes and reduces [...]

Uphill battle in Woodhaven fight against graffiti
Uphill battle in Woodhaven fight against graffiti
News Terence M. Cullen 7/30/2012 at 4:01PM

On a recent rainy Saturday afternoon, Ed Wendell stopped the car every few blocks to inspect one of the graffiti-covered mailboxes in his neighborhood. If untagged, he and fellow Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA) member Alex Blenkinsopp felt it a small victory. If retagged, Wendell rolled down the window, despite the raindrops, and snapped a [...]

Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 7/03/2012 at 1:36PM

Taggers armed with cans of spray paint who flocked to leave their mark on the paint-laden walls of graffiti mecca 5Pointz may soon be searching for another canvas. The 200,000-square-foot Long Island City graffiti art exhibition space, home to over 350 multicolored murals, could soon be knocked down in favor of building two high-rise apartment [...]

Waging war on graffiti in Queens
Waging war on graffiti in Queens
News Toni Cimino 5/22/2012 at 1:41PM

Graffiti be gone. Rollers in hand, enthusiastic community members, officers of the 102nd Precinct and some very civic-minded kids gathered on sunny Sunday, May 20 to help erase vandalism. Members of the John Bowne High School Air Force Junior ROTC, 102nd Precinct Explorers, Richmond Hill Block Association and Community Emergency Response Team tackled various locations, [...]

Vandalized fence in Whitestone to be replaced
Vandalized fence in Whitestone to be replaced
News Melissa Chan 4/17/2012 at 9:36AM

A graffiti-splattered construction fence in Whitestone will soon plague homeowners no more. According to Councilmember Dan Halloran, the eyesore at 24-19 Francis Lewis Boulevard that infested the neighborhood for years will be replaced with a six-foot chain-link fence within a week. The councilmember said he struck a deal with Robin Singh, the new property owner, [...]

‘Draw’ing inspiration from Astoria
‘Draw’ing inspiration from Astoria
Arts & Music Michael Pantelidis 4/09/2012 at 2:58PM

A blank canvas – lacking a defined identity and purpose – can be a daunting task for any artist. Many grow to hate its vacant stare, praying for inspiration to end the monotony of its colorless complexion. Often, it can lead to hasty or unimaginative work. Such dilemmas are nonexistent for Louie Gasparro, who adores [...]