FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.couriersun.com june 19, 2014 • The Courier sun 11 Graffiti on Hamilton Beach footbridge gets dirty T H E S H O W C A N ’ T G O O N I F T H E L I G H T S D O N ’ T . THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz Three months of rehearsals. Two weeks of ticket sales. One performance. Talk about pressure. Not just on the kids, but on the electricity. That’s why Con Edison spends $2 billion a year improving its energy systems. But if you ever do lose power, please report the outage online at conEd.com or call us at 1-800-75-CONED. And, to learn more about our work backstage, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. BY ERI C JANKIE WICZ email@example.com/@ericjankiewicz Graffiti is nothing new for Hamilton Beach residents. But residents are alarmed over new racist slurs and sexually suggestive images scrawled on a graffiticovered footbridge connecting the small neighborhood to Howard Beach. The bridge, which is known as “the blue bridge” to locals and goes over Hawtree Creek, has always been a hangout spot for kids smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, according to Marie Persans, a Hamilton Beach resident. And it has always been laden with graffiti but over the weekend someone, or group, sprayed a series of offensive terms and images on the bridge. “You’ve got some really nasty stuff written over there,” Persans said. “Thank goodness I don’t use that bridge too often.” Barbara Eckel-Schimmenti wrote on Facebook, “Walked over the bridge with grandchildren and was embarrassed by the profanity.” A police source said that residents should report these incidents as often as possible to the police, but since the bridge is owned by the Department of Transportation (DOT) there is only so much they can do. For now, the 106 Precinct’s graffiti unit has been informed of the issue. A spokesman for the DOT said, “We will inspect the location. DOT attempts to remove any such objectionable graffiti as soon as possible.” Roger Gendron, president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association, said that the bridge also has broken lights and that he brought these issues to Councilman Eric Ulrich’s attention. The councilman’s office did not immediately return calls for comment.
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