On a commercially volatile strip of Lafayette Street, another store has gone out of business, probably pushed out by rising rents.
I've noticed that within days of a store closing down, kids will come through at night and tag the place up, including on the glass.
But right next door is a store that remains in business, and the taggers have spared it. I suppose they either have some kind of code, or fear getting caught for vandalizing a going concern.
I would also imagine that as a neighborhood gentrified, tagging drops off because the taggers don't live anywhere near that neighborhood. The taggers that do show up will stand out and be more visible to law enforcement and neighborhood watch groups so that appropriate corrective action can be taken.
“pushing low-income people out of the city. Win-win.”
I think Ed believes they will get a piece of cake as a departing gift.
It lasts longer on vacant spaces. Occupied stores are more on top of removal, so if you want your name to be seen then it's better to hit spaces that are hard to reach, or vacant.
I imagine the business that's still running has a poor fella in charge of cleaning windows and removing tags before opening hours
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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