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RIOC: Tale of Two Prows and Graffiti

David Stone
Fresh graffiti on the Prow, May, 2019
Fresh graffiti on the Prow, May, 2019
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Graffiti's dirtied up the Island for so long, I first covered it for the Main Street WIRE over ten years ago. RIOC Vice President Fernando Martinez told me they were already working on the mess at the Prow. By 2018, it was worse than ever, but things have changed.

Last June, after our report and follow up that was not well-received by RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson, the State agency got started.

"Once the surface is free of graffiti, RIOC grounds crews will apply a wax-based product as a protective layer to make any new graffiti easier to remove (with)  just a power washer as the layer of wax (and the new graffiti will 'melt away,'" Robertson wrote.

Detail of graffiti removed from the Prow in 2018.
Detail of graffiti removed from the Prow in 2018.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

The eradication program was so successful, we did not see new markings on the Prow for nearly a year. Then, earlier this month, we found "artwork" shown at the top of this page.

Would RIOC's plan, inaugurated last year, be effective?

As we saw yesterday, the results were as promised.

The Prow today. Graffiti gone.
The Prow today. Graffiti gone.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

And promptly executed. 

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