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.