Police are beefing up patrols in Marine Park after a swastika was found painted on Avenue S — just paces from a neighborhood yeshiva.
Workers at Merkaz Yisroel between E. 33rd and E. 34th streets say they discovered the hate symbol last Monday.
Cops are still trying to track down the vandal, who drew his swastika with a paintbrush.
In the meantime, more officers are being funneled to the 63rd Precinct to bulk up patrols, officials say.
“We’re going to have a couple more units in the Marine Park area,” said 63rd Precinct community affairs officer Thomas Podd. “Residents should see the extra people there already.”
Attempts to reach Rabbi Strickman of Merkaz Yisroel — more commonly known as the Marine Park Jewish Center — were unsuccessful.
The beefed-up patrols will focus on the area where the vandalism was discovered, but will also circulate throughout the area, said Reeves Eisen, a spokeswoman for Councilman Lew Fidler, who asked for the extra patrols to be authorized.
“The patrols will be throughout the area, with a heavier focus on houses of worship,” Eisen said.
Last week’s vandalism took place amid an anti-Semitic spree in Borough Park, where several swastikas were found painted on doors and windows.
Someone also smeared a swastika onto a van parked along E. Second Street in Mapelton on June 18, but detectives investigating the Marine Park vandalism say it’s not connected to the other crimes.
“Whoever drew swastikas in Borough Park used spray paint,” Podd said.Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cn
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