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Sunnyside Group Tackles Graffiti Problem

April 27, 2009 Staff Report

Two graffiti miscreants continue to plague Sunnyside by tagging stores, poles and walls in the neighborhood.

On April 18, a local group of Sunnyside NY residents dedicated to graffiti removal, painted over tags on the walls of 43rd Street and 43rd Ave (by Bill’s Liquor Store).

The tags read “BAM” and “Keiko”. The Sunnyside group –known as Sunnyside United– were well prepared for the task at hand with paint brushes, silver paint, rollers and pans on hand.

Tony Rohling, SUNN group president, and his band of 5 devotees made quick work of it. He said: “The more people we have the better the neighborhood will look.”

Sunnyside United and its core of volunteers have been active for many years, he said, adding that they have generated political and business support.One week later, BAM struck again.  Who knows when or where they will reappear. But it has become clear that it is a game of cat and mouse between SUNN and the taggers!!

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