New Amtrak Billboard Will Block WaHi River View, Pols

By Brendan Krisel

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — Washington Heights residents and elected officials are angry at Amtrak for constructing a billboard over its tracks that may ruin views of Fort Washington Park and the Hudson River.

Local City Councilman Mark Levine sent a letter to the transit company this month demanding that all work a billboard at West 155th Street between Riverside Drive and the West Side Highway be stopped until a proper public outreach campaign is completed. Borough President Gale Brewer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat signed onto the letter.

"There is absolutely no basis for this construction of a billboard that will fundamentally alter the skyline of the neighborhood and be a massive detriment to the beautiful views that our community has always been able to enjoy," Levine wrote in the letter.

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