What to Know
- Adam Yauch Park was defaced with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti on Friday afternoon in Brooklyn Heights
- Yauch, who was Jewish, was a member of the Beastie Boys rap group
- City Councilman Brad Lander condemned the incident and called out President-elect Donald Trump on his lack of action regarding the incident
A Brooklyn park was vandalized with anti-Semitic and pro-Trump graffiti on Friday evening, infuriating a city councilmember.
City Councilman Brad Lander, who represents Brooklyn's 39th District, tweeted a photo of two swastikas and a 'Go Trump' message painted on playground equipment at Adam Yauch Park playground in on Friday.
"Yet more hatred & anti-Semitism from Trump supporters #NeverIsNow," he tweeted.
Lander said the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force was at the scene investigating the incident and New York City Parks staff would paint over the offensive graffiti. He added that Yauch, who was Jewish, is "weeping for our country" as someone who practiced buddhism and spoke out against Islamophobia.
The local politician also criticized President-elect Donald Trump's lack of action regarding the graffiti in a Saturday morning tweet.
"Trump took the time to condemn the thoughtful pklea of the @HamiltonMusical cast. But not the swastikas in his name in a Brooklyn playground," he tweeted.
In a series of Saturday morning tweets, Trump alleged that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was "harassed" by "Hamilton" cast members when they delivered to Pence a message of concern about the Trump administration after the curtain call Friday night. Pence was greeted by boos when he arrived at the Richard Rogers Theater to attend the musical.
The Brooklyn Heights park near Columbia Street was named in honor of the former Beastie Boys rapper in 2013, a year after he died from cancer at the age of 47.
Friday's incident follows several instances of hateful messages scrawled throughout the city since election day. A swastika was drawn in black marker inside an uptown B train on Thursday, and a series of swastikas were drawn on dorm room doors at the New School last week.