According to CBS New York, the federal government ordered the city to take down the iconic neon signs that light up Times Square, which apparently stand in violation of a transportation law dating back to the 1960’s. If the city refuses to comply, it could cost The Big Apple about $90 million in federal funding.
The feds later realized that threatening Times Square is inviting a public relations disaster of epic proportions, and issued a statement to Business Insider denying the whole thing.
In a statement issued Thursday morning to Business Insider, the Federal Highway Administration denied it has ever asked the city to remove the signs or threatened to withhold funds.
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The agency also said it is ready to consider removing NHS designation from specific roadways if asked, a request it says the state has yet to make.
If I were the feds, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that request. Here in New York, we’re more of a “do first, apologize later” kind of town…