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The Battle Against Illegal Ads Continues

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The advertising sign pictured to the left was illegal and it was removed. After protests from concerned New Yorkers like you and from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Doubletree Hotel (Lexington Avenue at East 51st Street) did the right thing. This fine example of international style modernism by Morris Lapidus is now free from an inappropriate advertising blanket.

But oversized billboards and illegal signs continue to mushroom across the city. Last week, a huge ad (bottom right) appeared on a renovation project at 473 Fifth Avenue, across from the New York Public Library. The library is one of the city’s cherished landmarks and the public’s enjoyment of it should not be marred by a gigantic illegal ad facing it. You can help protect New York’s landmarks and streetscapes from this visual blight. Call 311 and file a complaint today.