Swastika Drawn At Newkirk Plaza Subway Station

DITMAS PARK – A swastika was drawn on– and then painted over– a pole at the Newkirk Plaza Subway Station this morning.

Jess Goldsmith, a neighbor, posted a photo of the swastika that her friend sent her on Facebook, saying, “I don’t even know what to say about this. How do we change this neighborhood for the better?”

“It’s scary to think that people that seem like friendly neighbors could be people with a deep hate for me solely because of my religion and ready to make it known at any moment,” Goldsmith told Bklyner. “Antisemitism is very real and growing quicker than I’ve seen in my life living in NYC.”

Photo: Sean Claffey

The swastika has since been painted over. It is no secret that anti-Semitism has been on the rise. Just a few days ago, two vandals shattered the front window of the Chabad of Bushwick synagogue. 

We reached out to Community Board 12 and Council Member Mathieu Eugene, but have not heard back.

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Zainab Iqbal

Zainab is a staff reporter at Bklyner who sometimes writes poetry in her free time || zainab@bklyner.com


  1. Sticks and stones may break my bones but swastikas scrawled in the dead of night by punk cowards will never scare or intimidate me. Why encourage these perps by writing about them>

  2. Any symbol, word, gesture, or action that represents hate needs to be eradicated from our modern culture, so ultimately if we focus on the good and not let the hate consume us , we can continue to do good productive deeds . God will deal with the rest .

  3. Theresa, if we “eradicate any symbol, word, gesture or action that represents hate”, per your suggestion, then we are left without the basic vocabulary needed simply to report the news or teach our children about history. Indeed, your own post would become impossible, since it uses the word “hate”. So, let’s eliminate hate, by all means, but let’s keep our symbols and our words.

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