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Long Island City Pepsi sign designated as NYC landmark

Pepsi Cola sign in Gantry Plaza State Park

Pepsi Cola sign in Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, April 30, 2012. Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

The Pepsi Cola sign that greets visitors at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is now a permanent fixture in the New York.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the application to make the 90-year-old fixture the first free standing sign to be an official landmark Tuesday. Advocates pushed to for the designation for decades because of its place on the Long Island City skyline.

Although the application was first submitted in 1988, it only received traction this year when the LPC looked at its backlog of requests. The commission also approved seven other long standing requests for landmark status including Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, 65 Schofield Street House in the Bronx and the Vanderbilt Mausoleum in Staten Island. 

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