NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Vandals covered an entire subway train with graffiti in Brooklyn.

Vandals covered an entire subway train with graffiti in Brooklyn. (Credit: Instagram user Sosabk718)

Social media has been buzzing about it since the eight cars on the J-M-Z line were spray-painted in Bushwick sometime on Sunday.

“NYC Transit personnel discovered this vandalism – which put an entire train out of service and will cost thousands of dollars to restore – on the morning of Dec. 15 and are fully cooperating with the NYPD which is leading a criminal investigation into the matter,” the MTA said in a statement.

This year alone, the MTA has spent tens of thousands of dollars to clean graffiti off trains.

Comments (7)
  1. John Riordan says:

    The graffiti painting is done in the yards where the trains are parked usually during the night. Place 24-hour security cameras so the kids are caught. Make them clean the graffiti off the trains as punishment. If that can’t be done, make them do some other type of community service. Each time, every time. Perhaps also direct them to places where they can express their art so they don’t have to disfigure public property. Society has to provide outlets for this energy. This is petty crime and it can be solved.

  2. Sej says:

    I love how the people saying leave it were never here in the 80s or 90s. It was bad. You didn’t want to ride the subway then. You’d be robbed, shot or stabbed in many instances. The graffiti is a throwback to that time. It isn’t a “tradition.”

    The subway isn’t safer. Just because you got home, doesn’t mean someone else did.

    The artists are from Europe and break into train yards to do this. If they get injured, they sue and the tax payer money to fix them up is coming out of our pockets.

    It isn’t New Yorkers doing this b/c they know the train will be washed in an hour. If you paint over the windows, how are people supposed to see out of them? How is the operator supposed to see out of it unless they wipe the window with a toxic chemical. The conductor?

    1. Old NYC head says:

      “I love how the people saying leave it were never here in the 80s or 90s. It was bad. You didn’t want to ride the subway then. You’d be robbed, shot or stabbed in many instances. The graffiti is a throwback to that time. It isn’t a “tradition.””

      *It actually is a tradition, it started in the 19070s and hasn’t really ever stopped. Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been happening. And also, not everyone thinks of NYC in those times as dangerous, they think about the beginnings of the hip hop movement, the punk movement, the Art movement in SOHO, CBGB’s, etc etc

      Also the graffiti that was painted in the 70’s and 80’s wasn’t painted by the people who were robbing and killing people. Thats just a misconstruction caused by the media, because in the end no one really wants to just throw some skinny teenager who is painting trains in jail, but mix that up with killers and thieves and you got our 45th…wait, what did I just do?

      “The subway isn’t safer. Just because you got home, doesn’t mean someone else did.”

      *I’m not sure what or when you’re talking about here. People get attacked and mugged everywhere in different parts of the city, not just on the subway.

      “The artists are from Europe and break into train yards to do this.”

      * the people who did this specific train aren’t from Europe

      “If they get injured, they sue and the tax payer money to fix them up is coming out of our pockets.”

      *This seems like false logic, you can’t sue someone if you get injured while committing a crime. Because if they did, then they would get caught, and face hefty fines. Because they would be accepting guilt of committing the crime.

      “It isn’t New Yorkers doing this b/c they know the train will be washed in an hour.”

      *Most of those names are all graffiti writers from NYC

      “If you paint over the windows, how are people supposed to see out of them?”

      *I dont really know, they can’t. You are right on this point.

      “How is the operator supposed to see out of it unless they wipe the window with a toxic chemical. The conductor?”

      *97 out of 100 times the train don’t get painted in the front, which is where the conductor windows are. I mean unless the trains started rolling sideways?

      Also the $ quote the MTA said about cleanup is false. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  3. Benjamin P Perri says:

    Novel idea, leave the trains alone and donate the money you would’ve used to restore them to homeless shelters.

  4. leahkskJason says:

    80’s and 90’s AGAIN! LEAVE IT!! Banksy style!

  5. Stonecircle says:

    Exactly! Leave it. No Brainer. That is what a NYC subway is supposed to look like. Spend the $10,000 on hiring artists to paint all of em.

  6. Hassan Bukhari says:

    Leave the trains. Its part of old New York tradition!

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