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Giant Neon Peace Sign Has Some Upper West Siders Unhappy

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The Ansonia - New York, NY - Sep 26, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

The Ansonia – New York, NY – Sep 26, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

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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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