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NY1 For You: Marble Hill Residents Concerned Over Graffiti Spike

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Residents in one small Manhattan neighborhood say they've seen an uptick in grafitti and want it cleaned. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Take a walk through this Marble Hill neighborhood and resident Karen Wilson says it's impossible not to notice the grafitti plastered all over.

"It's on houses. It's on commercial buildings. It's on the Metro North Line," says Wilson.

Those living in the area say the spray paintings and markings have become more widespread in recent years.

"I've seen it around, more than usual," says Frances Sepulveda, another area resident.

"There's just something unpleasant and not visually pleasing about grafitti," Wilson

Residents say they can understand art but when it's simply scribbling and profanity, they say it's degrading to everyone's property.

"When you have random scribblings and defacement, it adds to the air of dereliction and it takes away from the quality of the neighborhood," Wilson says. "I've contacted city officials, I've contacted the police and nothing's being done."

We contacted the police to ask them whether the city's anti graffiti task force is aware if the situation in Marble Hill.

A spokeswoman for the Police Dept told us they are looking into the situation.

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