Police are investigating after a Fieldston resident discovered four swastikas and an anti-Semitic phrase drawn in chalk next to the playground equipment at McLaughlin Playground.
David Pulver discovered the images, along with a chalk-inscription reading “Kill Jews,” after bringing his two grandchildren to the playground on Greystone Avenue near West 238th Street around 7 a.m. on July 11.
“My most immediate thought was, thank God my two grandchildren are not yet able to read, and had no idea what the symbols meant,” said Mr. Pulver, 63.
He reported the incident to the 50th Precinct. Officer Mindy Ramos said the markings, which would be considered aggravated harassment, are the first of their kind since a similar incident was reported to the precinct in May.
By Friday afternoon, police had removed the images from the playground. A local nanny, Juline Taylor, who was at the site with the two-and-a-half year old girl she cares for, said she was surprised to hear the swastikas had been drawn.
“I’ve never seen or heard anything like that before, and I’m here practically every afternoon,” she said.