Officials demand action after swastikas found on midtown storefronts
The swastikas scrawled on midtown storefronts were denounced Tuesday by Jewish community leaders and city officials, who said the discovery is part of a "rash of anti-Semitic incidents" in the city.
"This kind of disgusting, distasteful act has no place in New York City," Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said at a news conference across from the Sixth Avenue storefronts near Bryant Park.
The four, 12-by-12 inch swastikas were drawn Sunday with white grease paint on the windows of buildings that include a clothing store and bookstore, police said.
Police were reviewing surveillance video of the scene, officials said. Community leaders also said they’re offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
Stringer said Sunday’s discovery is one of almost a dozen anti-Semitic incidents in the past three months, including three violent attacks last week against Orthodox Jews in Midwood, Brooklyn, and swastikas written in a Williamsburg building in November.