Give peace no chance.
A judge ruled against a resident of the historic Ansonia on Broadway and 73rd street who hung an illuminated peace sign in her window. The city had fined Brigitte Vosse $800 for hanging the sign, which violated rules against using illuminated signs higher than 40 feet up in residential districts.
Vosse had challenged the fine on First Amendment grounds, the Daily News reported.
In a ruling made public Friday, Judge Jed Rakoff ruled in favor of the city, noting the regulation provided Vosse with plenty of other alternatives to get her message across – such as not using an illuminated sign.
A lawyer for Vosse, Timothy Collins, told the New York Law Journal he and his client were weighing an appeal.
He called her sign “a simple and elegant personal statement about her desire for peace in the world.”
“The fact that it was illuminated made it an effective statement. Otherwise it would have been virtually invisible from her 17th-floor apartment,” the told the paper.
Photo of the Ansonia by Jeffrey Zeldman.