Uptown Pols Want Amtrak Billboard Torn Down

By Brendan Krisel

A trio of Uptown Manhattan politicians are calling on Amtrak to tear down a recently-installed billboard that has "fundamentally altered the skyline" of the Washington Heights neighborhood.

City Councilman Mark Levine, Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Borough President Gale Brewer sent aletter to Amtrak President and CEO Richard H. Anderson demanding that the transit agency demolish a billboard over the tracks at West 155th Street between Riverside Drive and the West Side Highway.

Politicians and residents have criticized Amtrak since the first signs of the billboard appeared in February, saying that the transit agency performed zero outreach in the community before going forward with construction. Levine, Espaillat and Brewer want an immediate teardown of the structure, according to the letter sent to Anderson.

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