80's Graffiti Writer NEO Outted As NYPD Officer
The New York Post reported that prolific 1980’s writer “Neo” has been identified as former NYPD police officer Steven Weinburg, 43 of Flushing. After Weinburg retiring in 2001 from the force (due to a work related leg injury), transit officers investigating graffiti in Queens began noticing fresh Neo tags on highway overpasses and train trestles in the area. With the help of anonymous tips, detectives were able to locate a faceless photograph of Neo, with his back to the camera, wearing an NYPD raid jacket. Weinberg was arrested at his home on Aug. 3, 2010, and charged with felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument.
Being that the arrest was over a year ago, we can assume that New York’s finest made their best effort at keeping Weinburg’s split personality under wraps. Many are even skeptical that a former NYPD officer, father, and husband would return to a life of roaming the city streets / rail yards catching tags at night. Another argument is that it would be impossible for Weinburg to carry out such graffiti acrobatics (as writing on overpasses) being that he walks with a cane due to his physical condition. Steven Weinberg has since filed suit against the city in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming his 2010 arrest was based on “defective information”.
Text: Kenny Beats
Source: New York Post