2005-09-02 / Columnists

Swastikas Draw Police and Pols To Mott Creek

Pictured, during the afternoon, Councilman James Sanders, Jr. speaks with Mr. Scharf (the developer of the property), third from left, and residents of the area about the incident.   Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
Pictured, during the afternoon, Councilman James Sanders, Jr. speaks with Mr. Scharf (the developer of the property), third from left, and residents of the area about the incident. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Several swastikas were discovered on a construction fence on Beach 3 Street and Seagirt Avenue in the Mott Creek section of Far Rockaway on Wednesday morning. There has been a long-standing controversy over the new homes, with residents arguing that the new development is out of synch with older housing. Developer Manuel Scharf, in a press release, accused the community members opposed to the development with anti-Semitism because the developers are Orthodox Jews who plan residences for their community. Police spent the day questioning residents and the developer. In a joint statement the Neighbors of Mott Creek called it a “horrible and appalling act”, and continued by saying “We find this bigotry to be a direct attack on the entire community, not just the developer.”

Mott Creek resident Tracy Conroy (who reported the swastikas to the police) speaks with a detective from the bias unit as Dennis Wagner (also a resident) looks at the gapping hole in the construction fence left as a result of the police removing the marked the panels to keep as evidence. 
Mott Creek resident Tracy Conroy (who reported the swastikas to the police) speaks with a detective from the bias unit as Dennis Wagner (also a resident) looks at the gapping hole in the construction fence left as a result of the police removing the marked the panels to keep as evidence.

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