The corner of 7th Avenue and 43rd Street (directly across 43rd from PS 169) has been an eyesore for a while. It has had SRO status for a long, long time, and it has been affectionately referred to as "That Crack House" for several years. It's been quiet for a while...a long while. Back in January of 2007 an application was filed to convert the SRO to a six family dwelling. But the most recent application/approval for work was back in November of 2007. The building has stood, fairly quiet and unmolested, for many months.
However, a week or so ago, these ominous signs turned up on both the 43rd Street and 7th Avenue sides of the building. Not terribly encouraging.
The signs remained quite pristine until this weekend. Now this building has been re-baptised (old graffiti had been removed/covered) by amateur graffiti artists. There was some silver graffiti on the ground that included a three-pointed crown, and considering the various arrows and such around, we can safely call this gang graffiti and probably Latin King graffiti. Or an attempt at it.
The graffiti extended to my favorite non-construction site at 713 43rd Street as well. (See below.) Still nothing going on there, although the stop-work order has become a partial stop-work order. Nothing like abandoned buildings and empty lots to encourage nefarious goings-on. Gotta love that it's right next door to PS 169. LOVE that.