Bronx, NY It wasnt quick, but Autozone finally has removed unsightly graffiti that had covered the southern wall of a yet-unopened new store in Kingsbridge. Constituents had reported the graffiti via Twitter and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz had noticed the graffiti personally as far back as July 10, and after weeks of trying to find a responsible party for the unopened store Autozone painted over the graffiti on August 31 and September 1.
The Autozone store has long been a sore spot for the neighborhood as local residents have waited for several years for the doors to open for business. A multitude of construction permits from the NYC Department of Buildings were filed starting in 2015 but there has been little activity at the site in recent years, making the buildings large, empty walls an attractive target for graffiti artists. Representatives for Autozone recently informed Assemblyman Dinowitzs office that they are very close to opening and are just waiting on final approvals on a few punch list items.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D - Bronx) said: Graffiti is one of those crimes that may not inherently be dangerous for the community, but it is unsightly and it evokes memories of a dangerous past here in the Bronx. Many residents of a certain age, including myself, worked very hard to get our community through the bad days of the 1970s and 80s and seeing graffiti go unaddressed for so long is a slap in the face to the work that we put in years ago. It should not be this difficult to get in touch with business owners in our community, and I am hopeful that Autozone has recognized that they need to be more proactive community partners by maintaining their property on a consistent basis going forward. Our communities are only as strong as the relationships we build, and the strongest communities have vibrant businesses that engage in productive partnerships with local residents to maintain and improve their neighborhood.
The original graffiti can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8JwfVTCNJoKjHoK48