[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](FOX News) – Times Square — the “crossroads of the world” — is beautiful just as it is, thank you.
That’s New York City’s official response following reports that the city is facing federal pressure to remove its iconic oversized billboards from the site, perhaps best known as the backdrop to the country’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Capital New York and CBS2 first reported that a 2012 federal transportation law had ensnared Times Square by declaring that the storied Broadway and 7th Avenue intersection — and other city streets — fell under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, because they were arterial routes to the federal highway system.
The 1965 law says billboards within 660 feet of a highway can’t be more than 1,200 square feet. And Times Square’s looming luminous signs certainly fall outside those restrictions.
But an official with the city’s Department of Transportation told FoxNews.com the signs will stay.
“The signage will not be removed,” the official said in an email.
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