Sunday, May 30, 2010

Controversial awning must come down


From the Queens Chronicle:

A suggestive awning outside a Flushing bar on Union Turnpike was illegally put up and needs to be removed, according to the Department of Buildings.

Area elected officials say they are horrified by the drawing on the awning for Cheap Shots Sports Bar and Lounge at 149-05 Union Turnpike. The image is a silhouette of a woman —naked aside from knee-high boots — lying on her back in a suggestive position.The way her arm drapes down makes her appear to be passed out.

The DOB, which oversees awnings, does not regulate the content of signs, according to spokeswoman Carly Sullivan. However, following complaints, the agency investigated and issued three violations for the awning.

The sign is too big, projects out too far and the owners — KC Union Turnpike Management Corp. — never sought a permit to erect it, according to Sullivan. “The only way to remedy the situation to to remove the sign,” she said.

The owners must appear at a hearing on June 24 and if they don’t show up, face fines up to $25,000.

Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) first noticed the offending image while driving on Union Turnpike.“I am outraged as a decent human being over this awning,” Weprin said. “It’s like an ad for date rape and I found it shocking.”


The Times Ledger reports that the offensive part of the sign was covered up, but that still doesn't make the sign legal.

It's kind of weird that the fine for an illegal sign is higher than the fine for violating a stop work order... but that's the screwed up priorities of this city.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The sign is too big, projects out too far and the owners — KC Union Turnpike Management Corp. — never sought a permit to erect it, according to Sullivan."

Unlike the rest of the awnings in Queens.

Anonymous said...

But it was in English...

Timothy said...

The silhouette is clearly that of a woman doing the backstroke. That's what you do in pool bars, yes?

Ms. Tsouris said...

The only reason this is even on your Crap radar is because it assailed the senses of that great legislator Mark Weprin. Otherwise, it would have just been yet another offensive sign.

Anonymous said...

Uhh, the awning is down now.

cherokeesista said...

Anonymous said...
But it was in English...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Of course it was:( How else would those Middle Class White Guys from the Suburbs find it, they come to our neighborhood for their dirty business:(

Anonymous said...

"Of course it was:( How else would those Middle Class White Guys from the Suburbs find it, they come to our neighborhood for their dirty business:("

And how else would those urban Hispanic girls pay for diapers for their 4 kids without a skill, or a functional grasp of the English language?

cherokeesista said...

Anonymous said...
"Of course it was:( How else would those Middle Class White Guys from the Suburbs find it, they come to our neighborhood for their dirty business:("

And how else would those urban Hispanic girls pay for diapers for their 4 kids without a skill, or a functional grasp of the English language?

Monday, May 31, 2010

Do Tell?????

Anonymous said...

"And how else would those urban Hispanic girls pay for diapers for their 4 kids without a skill, or a functional grasp of the English language?"

And your mother was the same way!

Anonymous said...

Let's say she was. She wasn't giving BJs in a bar. Dad had steady work and wasn't standing on the corner of 69th Street waiting for the donated food truck.