Sticker Bandit Voices Frustrations With Empty Upper West Side Storefronts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Six vacant Upper West Side storefronts have been covered in brown paper for an entire year and someone has apparently had enough.

Stickers with the phrases “This is neighborhood decay” and “This is a neighborhood eyesore” recently began appearing on a strip of stores near 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

The space has been under construction to become a bakery and café.

The mystery sticker bandit is a hero to some locals but not to all.

“They’ve been everywhere in the neighborhood and I think it’s a really good service,” resident Susan Bodnar told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

“Plastering signs on the windows isn’t beautifying it,” another resident said. “It’s not a positive step.”

The owner of the bakery and café has not returned calls for comment.

  • CC

    It a sign of the economy today…thats just the way it is…sorry it makes your expensive neighborhood look bad but thats the reality we live in…

  • Daylan

    Oh, and I forgot to ask, where can I buy these stickers? There are more empty storefront that could use them. And yes, greedy landlords are absolutely to blame here. Some cities have started charging fines to landlords for leaving space vacant if they can, in fact, be rented at market rate.

  • Devenio

    We are killing innocents around the world day and night and this is news?

    • Daylan

      One has nothing to do with the other, and yes it’s news, for those who care about the neighborhood. Go back to your Occupy camp.

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