The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg condemned "hate crimes" in the city as anti-Semitic graffiti was found sprayed on several Jewish sites in the largely-religious area of Borough Park in Brooklyn.
Synagogues were amongst targets of the painted hate material, which included half-dozen swastikas applied overnight on Thursday.
The swastikas were found at a synagogue, a Jewish bath house and several businesses around 16th Avenue in Borough Park.
Announcing a police investigation into the attacks, the mayor declared “there is no place for acts of hate in New York City”, adding that the municipality would be removing the offensive graffiti as soon as forensic work had been carried out.
“What kind of sick person does this in a neighborhood of Holocaust survivors?” asked Assemblyman Dov Hikind from Brooklyn, one of an array of elected officials who expressed outrage over the incident.
City councilman Domenic Recchis Jr. similarly expressed outrage at the attack, claiming “religious intolerance has again resurfaced in Borough Park”.
“New Yorkers are again forced to witness yet another egregious example of hatred and ignorance...we work together to protect religious freedoms for all and punish those who go against this mission to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.