OG Graffiti Writer RD 357, a City Employee, is Busted

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 at 9:44 am by

Graffiti writer RD 357, identified as an employee of New York City, was busted by authorities last week after tagging his name more than 80 times on the Upper East Side over the last couple years.

The 49-year-old writer works for the Department of Health, but apparently moonlights as RD 357. Upon his arrest last Wednesday, he was charged with 77 counts of making graffiti, criminal mischief, and possession of graffiti instruments (i.e. a paint pen). The collar concluded a six-month investigation to track him down. Dyer, a member of the “357 Crew,” was convicted twice since 1982 for graffiti activity.

According to DNAinfo, his next court date is September 20.

It cost the city about $100 to clean up 67 of the locations he tagged, according to court and about $200 to clean 10 others, court papers said.

Dyer, who works as a laboratory associate and earns a base salary of $46,460, was charged with 77 counts of making graffiti, criminal mischief and possession of graffiti instruments.

He was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court and released without bail.

And additional context from @149st:

The 357 CREW was formed in 1985 and was active on the subways during the mid to late 1980s. The IRT 6 local and BMT B line were 357 favorites. Their names were prevalent on the streets midtown Manhattan. RD 357 was a particularly active member in addition to hitting subways and streets his name could be found in obscure areas such as the Metro North commuter train tunnels beneath Grand Central Station and along piers on the East River. The 357 continues to be active on streets of New York. Early Crew membership included RD, LACE 357, DE3 357 KK, and JJ 357. Presently newer members like JUST 357 accompany RD to bomb the streets of New York City. The works of SERE 357 can be found on the streets of New York City as well as freight trains.

Recent Stories

Adam Schlesinger Virtual Tribute is in the Works

A virtual tribute to keep the late Adam Schlesinger’s memory shining on is in the works. The Fountains of Wayne co-founder and bassist passed away one year ago due to Covid complications. “This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests that would make Adam wince,” […]

Tre on Ludlow Street Returns Next Month with New Chef

The following guest post was written by Bowery Boogie reader Colton Moore. Tre, the locals Italian restaurant on Ludlow Street, is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1. It’s the first time back open since the pandemic-related sidelining in December. Returning diners will be surprised (and treated) to a new menu; rather than offering full […]

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns from COVID-19 Sidelines

All the world’s a stage… To honor what would be the Bard’s 457th birthday, the ever-so-popular Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is back for a two night affair. Being the first performance from the troupe since the pandemic sidelined it in 2020, the event promises evenings filled with scenes, songs, sonnets, and soliloquies from the […]

Pedestrian Bridge Decay in Corlears Hook Park?

Strange things afoot. For a few days in mid-March, the pedestrian bridge connecting Corlears Hook Park to the East River greenway was closed off. No explanation; just cones and netting. Neighbors claimed that the bridge itself was crumbling, and that concrete debris fell onto the FDR roadway below. However, after a few days closed to […]

Opposition Mounts Against Public Hotel Garden Revamp on Chrystie Street

The 28-story Public Hotel hopes to reconfigure its garden area along Chrystie Street. Neighbors are not having it. Posters in the immediate vicinity display the opposition to the liquor license modification. Claiming that the new garden format would be an “open air eating and drinking playground for the rich.” According to materials submitted to the […]