Statue in Greenpoint’s McGorlick Park Vandalized

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A treasured Brooklyn monument celebrating residents who fought in the Civil War was vandalized yesterday with buckets of paint.

The Greenpoint Monitor Statue — which depicts a man working on the USS Monitor, the legendary ironclad battleship — was desecrated with white paint over the head, shoulders and chest.

The bold vandal went so far as to scribble the initials “JJ” in the paint near the bottom of the McGolrick Park statue, which was erected in 1938.

“The neighborhood has a big historic connection to the Monitor because it was built in Greenpoint and stationed in Greenpoint,” said Phil DePaolo, a community activist. “It was big slap in the face to the community.”

As Gothamist points out the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Monitor is this Saturday.