- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A 50-year-old outdoor sign that has come to symbolize Brooklyn’s industrial heritage will come down but will eventually be reinstalled.

The owner of the warehouse building beneath the eight-story Kentile Floors sign, for a defunct flooring company, has agreed to donate it to the nonprofit Gowanus Alliance.

The alliance, consisting of area property and business owners, said it will “find a marvelous location” for the letters “where they can serve the public and be part of the future of Gowanus.”

City Councilman Brad Lander helped broker the deal after the sign’s possible demolition was revealed last week, prompting a campaign to save it, The New York Times reported Friday (https://nyti.ms/1l7PF1P ).

“Everyone would love to see the sign right where it is,” said Lander. “But given the structural conditions and the needs of the owner and his legal rights, we’re very grateful that he’s willing to bear the extra cost to preserve the letters and donate them.”

The owner, Iyahu Cohen, runs a textile operation in the warehouse.

“We love the sign, and we heard the voices of so many community members. We will work hard to preserve the letters during removal,” Cohen said in a statement.

The giant steel structure of 20-foot-high letters towers above the factories and scrapyards near the Gowanus Canal.


Information from: The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com

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