Giant Neon Peace Sign Has Some Upper West Siders Unhappy

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A magnificent and ornate building at West 73rd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side was once Babe Ruth‘s home.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With The Story

But now, the Ansonia’s most notable feature brings a more recent past to mind.  City Council member Gale Brewer said she’s had a steady stream of complaints about the glowing neon peace sign in the 17th story turret window.

“Residents in the neighborhood who can look up and see it brought it to my attention,” said Brewer.

Brewer she asked the Department of Buildings if anything could be done, but “it is completely legal,” according to the councilwoman.

“It is a personal expression and it is not attached to the building. It is inside the apartment,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

The peace-loving neighbor has been hard for neighbors to track down, but, in what one can only assume is a gesture of good will, the sign’s mystery owners changed the color from cherry red to a more soothing white. But it’s still up there.

“I think she has the right to do it. I don’t have to like it,” said Matt, who has lived in the building for six years. “I think it takes away the beauty of the building.”

Do you think someone should be allowed to display a giant neon sign or symbol in their window? Sound off below!

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  • Rodin

    Slow news day.

  • EMC

    I remember when the Upper West Side was the city’s home to the most liberal, avant garde, and left-leaning residents. One can only assume that the objections come from the newer emigres from the burbs or the Upper East Side.
    I even remember a friend’s father once describing the population there as “those west side commies……”
    Funny how things change.

  • BW

    You mean “about which you are writing,” right?

  • Mike

    Imagine, in probably one of the most liberal neighborhoods in the country, people complaining about a peace sign!!! What is this city coming to???

  • Reza

    Since when showing a peace sign has become a crime? The unhappiness of Upper Westside residents about the peace sign in a window is a misguided reaction to a peaceful expression. They need to remember that we all need to seek and promote peace, even when we do it by placing a sign on our window. Their objection to the peace sign conveys nothing but their ignorance.

  • steveB

    It is customary when writing a story with photographs to include a photo of the subject matter of which you are writing about. If you are writing about a large neon peace sign on the Ansonia building that is causing an uproar, you should show the large neon sign on the Ansonia building, not just a photo of the Ansonia building without the large neon peace sign.

    • Rodin

      Oh, I kept looking for it. What a relief!

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