Z Best Car Wash hit with swastika during Hurricane Sandy

Vandal expresses rage during storm

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Sheepshead Bay’s Z Best Car Wash has more to clean than just cars.

Workers say a vandal struck the Coney Island Avenue business between avenues Y and Z when Hurricane Sandy hit the borough last week, scrawling a giant swastika on the Jewish-owned business’ facade.

The apparent bias attack has left both workers and customers on edge.

“We’re worried,” said Z Best owner Russell Shern. “Most of my customers are Jewish, and I don’t know if we should expect this to happen again. It doesn’t look great to have a swastika on your building.”

The vandals didn’t stop with the swastika. Shern believes that whoever scrawled the hate symbol also dotted his facade with hammer strikes, leaving behind several thousand dollars worth of damage.

“We have to patch up the wall and repaint the whole thing,” Shern explained.

A surveillance camera overlooking the marred wall was destroyed when the vandalism took place, so detectives with the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit have very little to go on as the investigation continues.

Shern doesn’t know who attacked his business, but suspects neighbors who often complain about the noise coming from the car wash.

“Those are the only people we come into conflict with,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the NYPD CrimeStoppers unit at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Oscar Jaeger from Sheepshead Bay says:
I am one of the neighbors of Z-Best who has complained to the City about the noise that Z-Best was generating. We have also complained about other problems that Z-Best has been generating, such as disturbances to the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. At the time of this ugly anti-Semitic incident, Z-Best had already taken some steps to mitigate the noise, so its relations with its neighbors had improved. If Z-Best had only taken those steps from the beginning of its operation, it could have avoided some of our complaints, so it has only itself to blame. In any case, all of us neighbors of Z-Best have always proceeded lawfully in relation to Z-Best. None of us would ever resort to the appalling act of violence that was perpetrated against Z-Best. You don't have to take our word for it; just consider two things: 1) we had no motive to do such a terrible thing, since we have always been victorious in our legal disputes with Z-Best, and 2) Russell Shern claims that "most of my customers are Jewish" but conveniently fails to add that most of his complaining neighbors, myself included, are also Jewish. Russell's suspicion that his neighbors painted this swastika is, in its own way, as offensive as the act itself.
Nov. 22, 2012, 1:10 pm

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