Save the Kentile Floors Sign

The Kentile Floors sign is an iconic part of the landscape of Brooklyn. Sitting eight-stories high, with striking red neon lettering, the decades-old sign has towered over the Gowanus Canal area for 50 years, admired every day by straphangers traveling along the Culver Viaduct and drivers on the Gowanus Expressway. In many ways, it stands for Gowanus.

Unfortunately, building owner Ely Cohen (of Regal Home Collection) has been issued a demolition permit by the NYC Department of Buildings to remove the sign. Efforts last year to have the sign landmarked were rejected by the Bloomberg Administration's Landmarks Preservation Commission.    

Mr. Cohen, we implore you to reconsider removal of this important piece of Brooklyn’s industrial landscape. At the very least, commit to preserve the sign intact and donate it to a conservation organization for future re-use in the Gowanus area.

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signed 2014-08-12 13:58:11 -0400
signed 2014-07-01 15:37:05 -0400
Brooklyn NEEDS the sign and to be able to see it from elevated trains and the BQE
signed 2014-06-24 12:25:44 -0400
signed 2014-06-22 19:03:07 -0400
signed 2014-06-21 21:31:18 -0400
Save the sign!
signed 2014-06-21 15:49:39 -0400
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signed via 2014-06-19 15:33:10 -0400
signed 2014-06-18 21:57:02 -0400 is a formed group to save the NYC Horse Carriages and other Iconic NYC monuments. The Kentile Floor Sign is iconic to Brooklyn just like the Central Park Carriage Horses are iconic to Manhattan. We’ll be making a small donation to do our part to help preserve the sign and this piece of Iconic NYC.
signed via 2014-06-18 16:53:27 -0400
signed via 2014-06-16 21:41:15 -0400
signed 2014-06-16 16:50:02 -0400
signed 2014-06-16 11:50:25 -0400
Thank you Brad Lander for saving this landmark!
signed 2014-06-15 13:12:31 -0400
Mr Cohen, Please help preserve this unique Brooklyn icon for future generations to puzzle over and delight in, while keeping a little of Brooklyn’s unique past alive.
signed via 2014-06-15 12:45:35 -0400
The sign has always been there! Let something of Old Brooklyn, real Brooklyn, survive!,
signed 2014-06-15 09:16:51 -0400
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signed 2014-06-13 16:58:21 -0400
signed 2014-06-13 16:19:51 -0400
I grew up in the Gowanus neighborhood, then known as South Brooklyn.

I lived at 59 15th Street, now gone, and from my kitchen window I could

see the Kentile sign as far back as 1949. I was 4 years old at the time,

and this bright red sign at night was a landmark beacon to me as a sign

of being near home. Especially when we rode home on the GG train

from my grandmother’s house in Jamaica, Queens. That was 65 years ago and I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

This sign should be preserved and protected for future generations as a symbol of the area, this came from, Gowanus (South Brooklyn). Where

decent, law abiding, working class poor, and God fearing people and

families came from.


Donald Maciejewski
signed 2014-06-13 15:31:38 -0400
So sad to see a Brooklyn icon be destroyed
signed 2014-06-13 14:53:14 -0400
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signed 2014-06-13 13:44:53 -0400
This sign is the definition of a landmark. I was born and raised, and still live near it, and it’s been an iconic part of my life. Tearing it down would be a tragedy.
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