Residents of a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood were greeted to an ugly sight in the heart of a leafy park. According to a report in the New York Daily News, city employees found a noose and anti-Semitic graffiti left on trees in Fort Greene Park.
Police officials told the Daily News that they were investigating the incident, and that park workers had alerted them to the issue on Monday afternoon.
The defaced trees were located a stone’s throw from Brooklyn Technical High School. Police still do not know how long the noose and graffiti had been there, and are treating the episode as a hate crime.
The park sits smack in the middle of one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods, ringed by $4 million brownstones and pricey bistros.
This is the second time in a month that the park has been marred by anti-Semitism. Earlier this October, officers found anti-Semitic writing on another tree, which read, “They should have gotten rid of you when they had the chance. Hitler.”
Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.