Graffiti became the exception rather than the norm in the Rockaways during 2008. According to the Daily News, using numbers from the NYPD CompStat unit, the 101 and 100 precincts ranked second and fourth out of 16 Queens precincts for the least reported graffiti complaints last year. Of all precincts in Queens they came in second (101 Precinct) and third (100 Precinct), for the least number of arrests. Yet, there are still places such as the boardwalk wall on Beach 19 Street and a construction site wall on Everdell Avenue in Far Rockaway that still draws the 'works of art' and tags of local 'artists.' To report graffiti problems call 311. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg 033p1_xlg.jpg

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