- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council has officially landmarked the neon Pepsi-Cola sign that adorns the Long Island City waterfront.

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, whose district in Queens encompasses the sign, pushed for the landmark status. After Thursday’s unanimous vote, he called the sign “a staggering piece of pop art.”

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the structure a historic landmark in April, calling it an “irreplaceable piece of the urban landscape.”

The sign was built in 1940 and stood on top of the Long Island City Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. The facility was torn down in 2001 but the sign was kept and now stands nearby in Gantry Plaza State Park.

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This story has been corrected to say Pepsi-Cola instead of Coca-Cola in keyword and short headline.


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