Uptick in Graffiti Noticed During Post-Sandy Blackout
Out of habit, we are still carrying a trusty flashlight for the duration. Trust in Con Edison at this point is on the low end of the scale. During the height of the post-Sandy blackout, nighttime on the Lower East Side was grim, especially with all the reports of muggings. Darkness enveloped sidestreets like Orchard, Broome, lower Essex, and Eldridge. Head was on a swivel.
Yet the pitch-black conditions were also perfect for vandals, and many obliged. Fresh tags appeared on a daily basis. Seemingly every available surface south of Houston was hit. Security gates, plywood fences, building facades, etc. Cops patrolling at night were often seen touching the paint to determine time of crime.
We also hear unconfirmed reports that at least four graffiti writers were arrested.