graffitiSome East Village graffiti by FARO has prompted a NYPD hate crimes investigation reports NY1. Police are reportedly looking into a piece which features a swastika (and an upside down cross). Building owner Alan Rabunski was upset after discovering the spray painted work on the side of his building, noting the “ingenuity, preparation, planning and also intent” it must have required.

Although the writer’s motivation is unknown, vandals routinely employ ancient symbols and many writers who use swastikas aren’t doing it to be anti-Semetic. But Rabunski wouldn’t know that and sees it different: “[I]t is pernicious, it’s hateful and people ought to see it and be aware that this exists.” |NY1|