Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
I am appalled — to say the least — as I drive by North Conduit and Magnolia Court and see a fence with torn, dirty canvas, with graffiti scrawling. A condition that has existed for three years. Does no one in our beautiful Howard Beach care about appearance anymore? The view reminds me of East New York. Is this what our neighborhood is heading for? And what about our three politicians who represent our area? Don't they see this as they drive by? Or are they driving with their eyes closed?
On weekends for the past four years, Dennis McKeon, the founder of a local nonprofit group called Where to Turn, has supervised teenagers cleaning graffiti as part of their community service work. But too often, the walls they coat with fresh paint are used as blank canvases and immediately tagged again.
Then, one day in April, as Mr. McKeon was figuring out how to clean up a Little League dugout in New Springville, he thought of a local artist named Scott LoBaido and his giant American flag murals.
Graffiti, Meet Old Glory