A neon peace sign glows in the top window of the Upper West Side’s hundred-year-old Ansonia building for the past few months. Uptight residents are complaining to have it removed. They really hate it. One said it was “beautiful” but on the down low, fearful of the building board’s wrath. While they’re whining about this awesome ornament ruining their exterior, here’s an NSFW reminder of the shenanigans that once went down in their basement…

Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico costume designer Clifford Capone lived in the building for 47 years and says: “I haven’t seen it, but whatever it is, it’s better than when we had The Continental Baths here or Plato’s Retreat. I’d rather have a peace sign.”

For context, the Continental Baths and Plato’s Retreat:



Ah, NYC of yesteryear…