Lower East Sider Spends Birthday Buffing Graffiti from MOSCOT on Orchard Street

Posted on: March 8th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Andre Cirilo

For her birthday, a Lower East Side native only wanted to help MOSCOT restore its image. Its Orchard Street storefront, that is.

You’ll recall that the exterior of the cornershop has gradually devolved into a mess of graffiti tags in recent months. Paint on nearly every surface, including the shutters and billboard boxes. There is even a plywood shed at the entrance acting as deterrent.

Enter Kanielle Hernandez, who wanted to to dedicate her birthday to “making a change whether it’s big or small” by “cleaning up the walls of MOSCOT which has been a stable location in the neighborhood.

She and a gaggle of volunteers spent Saturday afternoon at 108 Orchard buffing the blight, as it were. The project was in conjunction with both MOSCOT and two area hardware stores, which supplied the paint.

The community effort follows, yet is unrelated to the recent NYPD announcement last week about a renewed effort to remove graffiti across the neighborhood. A press conference for the initiative, which begins April 10, was held outside MOSCOT itself.

Clean-up days will be scheduled with specific locations in mind. A team of community volunteers, members of the Law Enforcement Explorers Program, auxiliary police officers and cadets, as well as the Police Athletic League, Inc. will paint over the graffiti at these specific spots.

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