Tags along the Gowanus Expressway in Bay Ridge

Large, colorful tags along Gowanus in Bay Ridge

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The canal isn’t the only Gowanus that needs cleaning.

Vandals tagged the concrete face of a wall along the Gowanus Expressway close to the corner of 83rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway earlier this month.

The six elaborate, green, purple, white, and black designs take up almost the entire surface of the wall, and are marked with the initials “FTR” and “DWC.”

Community Board 10 reported that the spray-painted scrawls are unlike anything previously seen in the neighborhood — but said that the initials have popped up in numerous places around the neighborhood in recent months.

“We’ve seen them before,” said CB10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann.

Bay Ridge electeds have long tried to combat a rising tide of aerosol “art” through police enforcement and coordinated clean-up efforts, and vowed to get the underpass wall scrubbed.

“Graffiti is undoubtedly one of the greatest eyesores in our community and is the start of the breakdown in our quality of life,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge).

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

joe from bay ridge says:
looks cool
Feb. 18, 2014, 5:56 am
Dot from daaasshhhh says:
Ask Boshivik Bill DeBlasio, I bet he thinks it's a multi-culti enhancement, to take your mind off the carriage horses bound for the knackers.

Horray for Bolshivik Bill!
Feb. 18, 2014, 8:03 am
diehipster from Trampling Tristans says:
....but when Banksy does it.

[cue nasal voice] - It's diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifferent. It's aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrttttttttttttttt.
Feb. 18, 2014, 8:07 am
john from bay ridge says:
great, now you've just encouraged them to do it more
Feb. 18, 2014, 9:03 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Nice graffiti would be ok, but this is really boring and should be washed off. I don't think it's that difficult to remove, so why spend forever talking about it instead of just getting to it and removing it?

On a seperate but related note - I don't know why they don't plant wildflowers alongside the highway. It would absord some of the pollution, make the roads look nicer and is a perfect place to cultivate native wildflowers. They'll be good for insects (bees and butterflies) as well.
Feb. 18, 2014, 10:17 am
reader from Bay Ridge says:
it's reported to 311 for cleanup this spring
Feb. 18, 2014, 11:09 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Why wouldn't these artists rather paint their paintings on the road, instead of always on the side? That would look better and, if you don't mind my saying so, it would give drivers something interesting to look at and perhaps cheer them up so thet don't feel like running over any animals, humans, and other.
Feb. 18, 2014, 12:03 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"Nice graffitti" ?

Who gets to define that!

Feb. 18, 2014, 12:46 pm
The Chooch from the writing on the wall says:
Graffiti is played out no matter how you look at it. Whether you call it high-concept "public art" or the politically correct expression of a disfranchised and shifty-assed youth ... it's been done. Got the t-shirt already. And so it can't be art or really anything too interesting. Usually it's an eye-sore, be it art school graffiti or ghetto graffiti. The future of wall art is in the legitimate mural, a collaboration between the artist and a landlord. You'll get better quality, and more intelligent content. And don't assume you can't find a landlord who would go for provocative content.
Feb. 18, 2014, 2:08 pm
BAAL oner from All City CRU says:
bUnCH oF tOy Wr!ttA$
Feb. 18, 2014, 9:20 pm
Pam Staples from Brooklyn Heights says:
You said it BAAL! Toy writtas. Like baby toys, for girls and boys!

Ha ha ha!
Feb. 19, 2014, 7:56 am
Guest from Brooklyn says:
Looks better than that blight of an expressway
Feb. 23, 2014, 6:52 pm

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