Days after swastikas were scrawled on several doors at The New School dormitories, two more anti-Semitic markings were discovered in the nearby apartment building of a Jewish New York state senator.
A neighbor of Democratic Sen. Brad Hoylman found the markings on a metal service door in the Fifth Avenue building near Washington Square Park.
“This comes three days after swastikas were drawn on the doors of nearby students at The New School,” Hoylman wrote on Facebook with a picture of one of the swastikas. “Meanwhile, Stephen Bannon, an anti-Semitic, white nationalist has been named as the senior strategist to President-elect Donald J. Trump. Connect the dots.”
Bannon is a former executive of right-wing news organization Breitbart News, which has backed white nationalist ideas. As part of a divorce proceeding in 2007, his wife accused Bannon of having made previous anti-Semitic remarks.
Hoylman lives in the Fifth Avenue building with his husband and daughter, but told the New York Daily News that he did not feel that the markings targeted him specifically, because more than 100 other tenants also live there.
“This is obviously something that hits close to home, I think, for many New Yorkers,” he said. “It’s a frightening thought that this is the new normal. We cannot accept that, as a city or a state.”
The NYPD Hate Crime Unit is investigating, but it is unknown when the markings were carved, police said. They were later covered with paint.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center found that there have been 15 reported hate incidents in New York state since Trump was elected president last week. They have ranged from assaults to graffiti.
As of Tuesday, 437 total incidents have been reported nationwide since Election Day. The organization has launched a website to track such incidents.