Thursday, April 16, 2020

Someone vandalized the COVID-19 memorial on 10th Street and Avenue A

[Photo from April 11]

In recent days someone vandalized the COVID-19 memorial on the southeast corner of Avenue A and 10th Street that arrived on March 26 (first reported here).

It was originally created in honor of Edd Conboy, a licensed therapist and director of social services at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, who died on March 20 of a stroke. He was 69. His brother Jim, an East Village artist, created this after his family was unable to hold a funeral in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The memorial continued to evolve to honor those who have died during the pandemic.

In an Instagram post, Jim Conboy noted that someone destroyed part of the memorial and took the styrofoam sculpture, titled "Transfiguration," that stood atop... He called this act "senseless."


Sarah said...


Anonymous said...

Unbelievable!! Hey Grieve have you heard anything about package thieves?? I live on 12th str. btw A&B and packages have been disappearing at an alarming rate!!

Anonymous said...

People r shitty man no matter the time

BagelGuy said...

Folks , please be extra careful out there. There’s all sorts of crime going on in this area. 2 weeks ago today my Ave A store was broken into and robbed. They took the register cash and a computer. 3x since then I’ve had issues where I’ve had to call the police. Obviously there are less cops on the beat these days due to sickness. The bad guys know this and they’re becoming more brazen. Again , I implore you to be extra careful around these blocks.Put the cell phone down and the EarPods away. Be aware of your surroundings.

Anonymous said...

@8:49 - packages have been stolen from my bldg recently when we never had this problem before. Break-ins are also happening at night as the commercial spaces on the ground floor are closed and there is no one around at night to notice someone breaking the front door. Streets are also dark. Everyone gotta be vigilant. This will only get worse as people get more desperate.

Anonymous said...

Wtf? Now is not the time to be a selfish asshole. Help people, not hurt.