By Carol Tannenhauser
West Side Rag readers are so vigilant they don’t only see what is there, but what is not there — like the Donald J. Trump highway beautification sign on the West Side Highway heading south.
“Just drove down the Westside Highway and to my delight saw no sign before the exit touting highway beautification courtesy of DJT,” wrote one reader. “Several times, I’ve noticed spray painting obstruction of the sign, and last week, did not see the sign. But tonight neither my friend nor I saw it!”
Another reader likewise noticed its absence. “On West Side Highway, heading south. At 79th St exit…there used to be a large Blue and White TRUMP sign…Today I noticed its GONE! YAY.”
Was it a sign — well, clearly, it was a sign — but was it material proof that DJT has left New York City for good? Or had the Trump organization simply neglected to pay the bill? After a bit of ping ponging between the city and state about which was responsible for the sign, a spokesperson for the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) wrote:
“The sign was removed after a vandalism incident and will be replaced soon.”
This defacement must have been a doozy — the sign was vandalized before, but didn’t (to our knowledge) require removal to restore.
So, keep your eyes peeled, readers, and keep us posted. One reader wrote that she hopes she’ll continue to see nothing.
“I am hoping it is permanently uprooted and gone—a metaphor for our UWS, NYC, USA, and the world. Best as always, and a healthy Thanksgiving!”
If you would like to “Adopt-A-Highway,” here’s the NYC link.