The attack happened early Saturday in Brooklyn's Midwood section. Residents woke up at 5:30 a.m. to find the cars engulfed in flames. Someone spray painted the letters "KKK" on a van, and other messages targeting Jews were on the sidewalk.
The act has brought swift condemnation from city officials. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's no place for hate in "the freest city in the freest country in the world."
Residents of the neighborhood tell local newspapers that they were outraged. One witness says she saw a group of laughing kids fleeing the scene.