2004-11-19 / Community

Far Rockaway Business Area Gets Graffiti Cleanup

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Naja Watts and David Rodriquez (explorers from the 101 Precinct) cover up graffiti across from the Q22 bus stop at Beach 21 Street and Mott Avenue.
Naja Watts and David Rodriquez (explorers from the 101 Precinct) cover up graffiti across from the Q22 bus stop at Beach 21 Street and Mott Avenue. Storefronts and walls once covered by graffiti got a fresh, clean look on November 6 when the 101 Precinct hosted an anti-graffiti block party in the business district in Far Rockaway.

Some of the spots that got painted over were in the Far Rockaway Shopp-ing Center near the North Fork Bank, Mott Avenue and Beach 22 Street, Dix Street and Beach Channel Drive and the common walkway across from Gino’s Pizza.

Explorers from the 101 Precinct give a fresh look to the building on the corner of Dix Street and Beach Channel Drive. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
Explorers from the 101 Precinct give a fresh look to the building on the corner of Dix Street and Beach Channel Drive. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Explorers from the 101 Precinctwere joined by explorers from the 100, 102, 106, 107 and 113 precincts in cleaning up graffiti in Far Rockaway.

Helping to sponsor the event was Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and Century 21 Langer.

The New York Police Department’s Anti-graffiti Unit brings volunteers from different precincts across the city together to help a host precinct clean up some of its graffiti ridden areas throughout the warm weather months. The November 6 party was the last cleanup party to be held until spring 2005.

The walls in the Far Rockaway Shopping Center have long been a perfect spot for graffiti. Explorers from the 100 Precinct give one of the walls a clean look.
The walls in the Far Rockaway Shopping Center have long been a perfect spot for graffiti. Explorers from the 100 Precinct give one of the walls a clean look.

After finishing their work, explorers and members of the NYPD were rewarded at Gino’s Pizza in Far Rockaway. Before eating, the explorers from the 101 Precinct are joined by Detective Willie Olmeda, Captain Walter Salowski, Officer George Torres, executive officer Captain Andrew Lunetta and Batman.
After finishing their work, explorers and members of the NYPD were rewarded at Gino’s Pizza in Far Rockaway. Before eating, the explorers from the 101 Precinct are joined by Detective Willie Olmeda, Captain Walter Salowski, Officer George Torres, executive officer Captain Andrew Lunetta and Batman.

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