At DNAinfo, Patrick Hedlund checks in with the Verizon folks to see what the next steps are.
"We'll try to clean it off, and the next thing you know…" said Verizon employee Sam Ashraf, who manages the phone company's retail store in the building. "It just looks bad."
The NYPD's 9th Precinct has observed the building for years, even sending undercover officers to stake out the site and making numerous arrests, said Det. Jaime Hernandez, a 22-year-old veteran of the neighborhood.
To deal with the graffiti scourge, Hernandez suggested that Verizon bring in a muralist to paint the wall, noting that street art rarely gets run over by vandals because of the respect given to the work.
However, a Verizon spokesperson said that they don't allow murals to be painted on their buildings, and that they'd simply continue to paint over any new graffiti.
Sounds good coming from the company HQ. But what about the people on the ground here?
Ashraf told Hedlund that he's tired of seeing the eyesore each day on his way to work.
"It's miserable," he said. "But it's New York."