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Who Painted Over the "Social and Athletic Club" Graffiti?

The long-scaffolded "His and Hers Social and Athletic Club" at 237 Fifth Avenue, between Carroll and President Streets, is one of the neighborhood's enduring mysteries, even though there's actually not much mysterious about it. It was an Italian club where folks gathered back in the day to play cards, shoot the crap, have a few beers, and bet on the horses (hence the "Athletic").

To the best of my knowledge it's been unused for years, and the building is owned by the Fifth Avenue BID. I've never seen its graffiti-laden door anything other than tightly locked, and it's one of the last gritty, "Old Brooklyn" storefronts left on this part of the Avenue. 

Walking past it the other day, though, I noticed a change: someone painted over the graffiti! The door, the front wall, and the adjacent entryway have been given a slapdash coat of white paint. No one's denying that it wasn't a bit of an eyesore before, but just this looks borderline ridiculous.

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Reader Comments (9)

Jon Ventimiglia of The Sopranos fame, who used to live right around the corner, used to rent the place out and used it as a studio or something similar.

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw some kids on 5th avenue with paint brushes painting over graffiti on businesses. maybe they did it?

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Daniel

@justin That might explain it!

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHere's Park Slope

My father, who was born in 1936, and has lived in Park Slope all his life used to spend his nights there growing up. Some of the true stories out of that place are famous. Some were even adapted as part of the Godfather movies.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, it was a few kids who were armed with paint cans and brushes doing some neighborhood clean up . They were accompanied by a couple of adults. Was early Sunday morning when they did it.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This building is not owned by the Fifth Avenue BID, its owned by the Fifth Avenue Committee. The Fifth Avenue Committee is a low income housing developer in the neighbrohood. Somebody should give them a call and ask them to clean up this mess.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHank

over the weekend people painted the posts for all the streetlights, that's why it's that galvanized steel color paint. there was a yellow sign taped up on the athletic club that said who had painted it, but I don't remember who. I want to say it was the park slope civic council

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

this seems to support that it was the Park Slope Civic Council, this was Sunday, April 10th:

"So put on your old clothes and come on out. We’ll give you tools and supplies to pick up litter and scrape signs and paint graffiti off lampposts"

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did they put in the new doors too?

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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