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Volunteers on Staten Island hit the streets Sunday to help beautify the borough.

Where To Turn hosted its "Great Gate" graffiti cleanup project early Sunday morning.

The nonprofit works with the New York City Police Department and local officials to pick out spots that need attention.

Four teams spread out across the borough, painting over tags at about 100 roll-down gates.

"If you don't stay on top of it, and people, you know, kids see tags, they say, 'Oh, this is a place where we can tag, too,' and it just gets worse and worse and worse," said Dennis McKeon of Where to Turn. "So we're trying to stay on top of it."

"Once you see the paint over it, it's like, 'Oh God, that's how it should have been. That's the old place that people actually remember,'" said volunteer Peter Lepron. "So it's nice to see it get covered up."

For more information on getting involved in the cleanups, call Where to Turn at 718-966-6531.

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