A sign painted on a building on 72nd Street about Depression that had been around for at least a decade has disappeared.
We don’t know exactly when it was painted over, but Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal pointed out the disappearance on Monday, asking on Twitter “What is missing from this street scene of 72nd Street?”
It had been up since at least 2002, when it showed up in this flickr photo. As commenters below note, it may have been up for several decades.
“Depression is a flaw in chemistry not character,” the sign said, directing people to call a 1-800 number. That number leads to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, which is “committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.”
We placed a call to the management company at 166 West 72nd, the building with the sign, but did not hear back.