Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Trump Sign on West Side Highway Finally Removed After Years of Vandalism and Ire

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We have Linda B. Rosenthal of the New York State Assembly to thank for a major development. She’s had the annoying and much vandalized Adopt a Highway sign with Donald Trump’s name on it removed from the 79th St. exit on the West Side Highway.

Rosenthal wrote to Henry Gutman, of the Department of Transportation, last July asking for the removal. She wrote, “Donald Trump’s presidency is a stain on our history.” Implicit in this is that New Yorkers, particularly on the Upper West Side, hate Trump. They had his name taken off their buildings.

Gutman wrote back this week that the contract between Trump Org and the city has expired, and the sign has been removed. The whole UWS can breathe a sigh of relief. And there will be no more back ups on the exit of drivers flipping the bird at the sign.

I say, Linda B. Rosenthal deserves a parade. Now, maybe she can bring back parking!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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