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Graffiti Artists Target Empty Storefronts

In this look at graffiti throughout Commack, we ask you, is it art or vandalism?

Though economist suggest the Great Recession is over, it has left its mark on Commack, as abandoned storefronts and vacant commercial spaces dot many of Commack's busiest streets and intersections. For graffiti artists, the trend has provided plenty of blank canvases, and a number of storefronts throughout Commack have been defaced.

Check out our gallery below and tell us, is this art, or plain vandalism?

lisa January 13, 2011 at 02:15 AM
i pass this every day.. can someone tell me what this is??
CommackMom January 13, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Okay...here we go...AGAIN. The editors of this blog continue to look for new ways to denigrate Commack. First let me ask why you fail to give proper credit to Wikipedia and other various Internet sources for the captions beneath the photos. Yup, word-for-word. Can you say 'plagiarism'. Next, one of the captions state 'the large number of empty store fronts has made potential business owners weary of investing in the area.' Oh, really? Care to cite your source in order to support that claim? Unless you can support that statement, it's nothing more than your opinion. Meaningless from a news standpoint. Of the 20 photos published, at least 9 of them are taken at the same location and 5 more are taken between two other locations. Graffiti a rampant problem in Commack? Hardly. If you are serious about doing a feature on Graffiti: Art or Vandalism, there are many, many other communities you could have visited. To use Commack as your example borders on the absurd. I truly wonder what the agenda is in publishing features like this and others. Commack is a proud community and the demographics support our upper middle class population as well as a blue ribbon school district. Yet, articles like this serve to portray Commack as poverty stricken slum. I, for one, take exception to this type of journalism. I hope others do as well.
Re January 15, 2011 at 01:10 AM
The Commack Community Association has been working on just this issue. We investigated vinyl fencing to screen the vacant gas station eyesores around town but the police and fire departments are rightfully concerned about visual access to monitor the property. Both Smithtown and Huntington townships have regulations about property owners keeping their vacant properties mowed and free of debris and graffitti. In Smithtown you can call the public safety dept at 360-7553 to report a situation that needs remediation OR you leave a note on our civic group's website www.commackcommunityassociation.org/. A Commack Community association member
CommackMom January 15, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Ironically, the North Babylon Fire Company is responsible for some of the graffiti on the Precision Tune property. They've even left their phone number. Granted, that was from Halloween probably 6 or 7 years ago, but perhaps an interested party could give them a ring.
TW Elegance January 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM
CommackMom, you should be happy that this article may evoke change with the situation of graffiti in Commack. If the Commack Community Association considers it a problem, it is newsworthy. - A Commack Graduate.
Tom April 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
graffiti is a art so just let it be and let writers write. i always love to see what these artist tag when i go places.
Matt April 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Well done Patch. I'm sick of the graffiti and have complained numerous times to the proper agencies to no avail. commackmom: you are letting your emotions get the better of you. It's the truth, I could add plenty of other pictures as well. Now if only there is a way to get these eyesores cleaned up. Tom: if that's art, then let them come paint your house.
Tom April 13, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Hey look I'm just saying that these people express themselves in this way of art I see it as art but since they are aboned buildings they are going to paint them anyways so. Also I would love to open a giant building where artist can spray paint and do what ever they want
Tom April 13, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Also I think in my last comment that making that building come true would decrease the ileagel graffiti and put those artist out of jail and write all over the building because if you really think about it how unfair would it be if someone said to you hey you can t have a iPhone in basically every area you go so you blow off the law and do it anyways because you really want to do that. Do you see what I'm trying to say in a more fair point of view
Matt April 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Tom- stop sniffing paint fumes.
John Gruber April 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
CM, you're reading way to into it. The article never called Commack a slum, ghetto..etc or said graffiti is a "rampant problem", they're just citing nearby places that have graffiti which I'm sure many people who live here would like to see removed. I personnally don't care... they're abandoned buildings. And for a nice a area as commack is, there are a good amount of vacant/empty buildings. The only "agenda" I see if the one that wants to help clean the town.

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