From the NY Times:
A new City Council proposal would close a loophole that is allowing real estate agents to crowd sidewalks with sandwich board signs. Right now, the law fines tenants and property owners for putting the advertising boards and other obstructions in front of their properties on the sidewalk.
“The current law only deals with property owners, it doesn’t deal with the people who put up the signs,” said Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, a Bronx Democrat who proposed the legislation.
The new legislation would place a presumptive burden on anyone whose name, telephone number or address appears on the sign — regardless of the tenant or property owner.