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07.15.13 Andy Cush

City Councilman Peter Vallone–usually no friend of ANIMAL’s–has recently taken on a relatively reasonable position, campaigning to have the late former Mayor Ed Koch’s name removed from the 59th Street Queensboro Bridge. Renaming landmarks after people is confusing, expensive, and ineffectual–witness the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in which everyone went back to calling the recently-renamed […]

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10.11.11 Marina Galperina

Smug councilman Peter Vallone Jr. aka “The Man Who Hates Graffiti,”  is on a new crusade: anti-public art! “The arts are supposed to generate conversation but not apprehension and fear,” he grumbled, reprimanding Kim Beck’s skywriting project and presumably, any art that can be misinterpreted by terror-phobics and people with a lack of imagination. (Photo: […]

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07.01.11 Bucky Turco

Ha, of course it won’t, but Councilman Peter Vallone is patting himself on the back for legislation he proposed awhile back that kinda takes effect today, banning solid roll down gates for storefronts. Moving forward, if a businesses are going to install metal shutters, they must provide 70% visibility. The City’s anti-graffiti spokesman says they’re […]

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02.16.11 Bucky Turco

We’ve never been fans of Peter Vallone Jr., but will admit that he’s spot on about plans to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch. “This is part of the history of Queens the same way the Brooklyn Bridge is the history of Brooklyn,” said the name recognition councilman. It’s also stupid, costs money, and […]

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05.07.09 Will Sherman

Yesterday, New York’s City Council launched a new offensive against graffiti writers and legitimate legal etching enthusiasts, approving legislation requiring store owners to keep files on anyone who buys glass etching acid. Acid dealers that don’t record customers’ personal info, including their name, address, as well as the date and quantity of their purchase, and […]

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