Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation (GRRC) is not a business but a non-profit organization that has worked since 1975 to stabilize and improve our neighborhood. Our anti-graffiti building cleaning program began on May 4, 1992, since then we have cleaned nearly 5,600 sites. The program is in operation from April through November.
GRRC removes graffiti from buildings with a high-pressure hot water pressure washer and caustic chemicals or by painting over non washable surfaces, such as wood or roll down gates.
WASH OFF: Before & After
Our program is free of charge. Participants in the Anti-Graffiti program are asked to make a voluntary donation of $75 for power washing or $25 for painting.
Insurance, maintenance, fuel (both diesel and gasoline), supplies, paint and other expenses must be covered by grants and donations. Our crew, supervised by a neighborhood crew chief and community volunteers, works three days a week from April through November, on properties where the owner has given us written permission.
Large commercial buildings are asked to pay for the cost of the materials used to clean their buildings, and a voluntary donation of $75 and $25 per day for painting.
There is no labor cost, since the graffiti is removed or painted over by personnel from the Alternative Sentencing Program of the Queens District Attorney, supervised by our paid crew chief and neighborhood volunteers. Building owners are asked to sign a waiver and make a donation to help defray some of the costs.
You might be reluctant to clean your building because you feel graffiti will quickly reappear. Notify us as soon as graffiti reappears and GRRC will remove new graffiti up to three times a year. If we clean more than three times in a year, or if the new graffiti is very large, we will ask for another donation.
Download GRAFFITI REMOVAL RELEASE/WAIVERS
Program funded by:
Assembly Members: Catherine Nolan, Andrew Hevesi, Margaret Markey & Mike Miller, and NYC Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Antoinio Reynoso , and contributions from the community.