By Jennifer Bain and Natasha Velez New York Post
A mentally-troubled homeless man was charged with criminal mischief Saturday forallegedly smearing white paint on Coney Island’s 9/11 memorial, an act of vandalism that had left community leaders outraged.
“I’m sorry for whatever I did,” the disheveled suspect, Elliot Baez, 58, told a Post reporter as cops took him to the 60th Precinct. “I just came to Coney Island for a suntan,” he added.
Baez was arrested after a tipster bicyclist told cops who were guarding the memorial Saturday morning that a man walking the Boardwalk looked just like the person caught on surveillance video defacing the memorial, which adorns a wall in MCU Park, home of the Cyclones baseball team.
By Alex Vadukul New York Times
Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Thirteen years ago, a small Greek Orthodox church with a ringing rooftop bell offered a reprieve from the city’s furious financial nerve center, until it was crushed when the World Trade Center’s south tower collapsed on Sept. 11. On Saturday, church officials blessed the ground where the new St. Nicholas church would rise.
The original four-story building, its whitewashed sides surrounded by a parking lot, was home to a congregation of some 70 families. It was the only religious building destroyed during the attacks. New York officials and church leaders vowed to rebuild, but the process has been marred by disputes and prolonged negotiations.
By Erin Calabrese and Chris Perez New York Post
The vandalized 9/11 memorial in Coney Island as NYPD officers investigate.Photo: Demetrius E. Loadholt
A Brooklyn 9/11 memorial dedicated to the memory of those who sacrificed themselves to save others was vandalized Friday night, according to police.
Authorities discovered the disgraceful act at the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island’s MCU Park — home of the Cyclones baseball team.
Three laser-engraved portraits of the city’s finest took the brunt of the paint attack, but fallen police officer Moira Smith – the only female member of the NYPD killed that day – appeared to be singled out.