Last week, we wrote about an extensive series of spray-painted letters and symbols that had defaced the former Quality Market in the Stuyvesant Plaza on Elmwood Avenue, between North and Summer streets.
John Darowz, who owns X-Cel Produce next door to the plaza, had tried unsuccessfully to get them removed.
The city had notified the owners of the plaza, Benchmark Stuyvesant Plaza Associates, that it was their responsibility to remove the markings.
A Benchmark spokesman said it was the company's policy to remove graffiti immediately, but that it had been asked by a police officer to leave the markings because they could signal criminal activity.
After Fix It first contacted Benchmark, most of the graffiti was removed within a day. But a large wall with a series of colorful markings remained, and the company promised to promptly remove it.
Sure enough, Darowz said he witnessed crews working into the night last week to whitewash the last stretch of markings.
"The power of the press, I think that made them move," Darowz said.
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