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Gay smashing 
1st-Dec-2009 05:18 pm
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This phone booth has had gay chat lines on it for many years, and it's only ever been a matter of months before it gets some anti-gay slur or rant on it. Then a few more months pass and either the whole thing is wrecked (like in the photo), or the phone company fixes it. It's really disturbing, especially as I consider my neighborhood to be hip and safe (Google 'smith street brooklyn'). But I suppose it's easy to forget the natives are largely older Italian Catholics, and many of them strongly resent the gentrification that has gone on for the past 15 years.

They finally changed the ad to one for Target, I think.
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Comments 
2nd-Dec-2009 10:18 am (UTC)
I think the busted sink was already there. But I don't remember.
2nd-Dec-2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Older people don't tend to tag or throw sinks at public property. If I had to guess... Male 15-35. As much as I wish that our current generation had moved past blatant homophobia, it's really not the case.
2nd-Dec-2009 10:19 am (UTC)
You've got the age range right, I feel, but I think that their family is long-term native to this neighborhood. I don't think, for instance, that a Gen-X-er lured by the promise of Smith St. would go to the trouble.
3rd-Dec-2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Dude, a Gen-Xer would be in their 30s. :)
4th-Dec-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Fine, you win. Gen-Y, too!
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