Gansevoort Market Update: Billboards: Two Down, Many to Go
GVSHP continues the fight against the proliferation of illegal billboards in the Meatpacking District, and throughout our neighborhoods (see below). We have some good news to report on that front – two illegal billboards we targeted have recently been removed.
The first covered 1-3 Ninth Avenue at Gansevoort Street. GVSHP was able to get violations issued by the City against the sign. Last month, the sign was removed, and the owner has told us it is gone permanently – we will continue to closely monitor the situation.
At 675 Hudson Street at 13th Street, GVSHP had long pursued removal of two billboards from the roof of the building, both of which we contend are illegal. We were able to get the City to agree with us on the south-facing of the two billboards, and got violations issued for the sign and successfully opposed a request to “legalize” the billboard at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Last week, the billboard was finally removed, and GVSHP continues to pursue the removal of the building’s other billboard, as well as the other signs in the area we contend are illegal. Unfortunately, however, the City has ruled that the billboards at the Hotel Gansevoort, which GVSHP continues to contend are illegal in their current form, are now legal. With this “final determination” by the City the only recourse is a costly legal challenge; GVSHP is consulting with other community and business leaders who joined us in leading the fight against these signs to determine our next steps.