Video shows the man who police say vandalized the building on West 4th Street.
It happened on Saturday, February 6 at 11:15 a.m.
He's accused of spray painting a swastika along with anti-black statements on the side of the building
He then ran away northbound on Green Street.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation.
"I am appalled by reports of a swastika and other hateful graffiti that was found spray painted on the side of an NYU building, and I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in their investigation to help bring the coward responsible for this act to justice," Cuomo said. "Let me make this clear: in New York we have absolutely zero tolerance for any acts of hate or discrimination and we will never let those who wish to divide us succeed."
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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