Kentile Floors Sign Might be Torn Down, Report Says

By Nikhita Venugopal on June 4, 2014 5:26pm 

  The iconic sign at Ninth Street and Second Avenue may be removed according to reports and city permits.
The iconic sign at Ninth Street and Second Avenue may be removed according to reports and city permits.
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GOWANUS — The iconic Kentile Floors Sign in Gowanus might be removed, according to city records.

A permit from the Department of Buildings was approved on April 17 to “remove existing structure and sign by hand off roof,” Gothamist first reported.

The sign, central to the Gowanus skyline, was erected in the late 1940s for the company that that specialized in vinyl and asphalt floor coverings, according to the Municipal Art Society of New York.

While the sign went dark in the 1980s, it was briefly illuminated earlier this year on top of the former Ninth Street factory.

Scaffolding has been erected around the sign, Gothamist reports. The building’s owner was not available for comment.

Rumors of the sign’s demise have circulated in the past but most were quashed or unverified.

The Kentile Floors sign has been nominated to the Census of Places that Matter “for serving as a symbol of Gowanus’ industrial heritage and for being a remnant of this former Brooklyn business,” according to the Municipal Art Society.

The Eagle Clothes sign, another beloved Gowanus sign, that loomed over the corner of Third Avenue and Sixth Street was torn down last year.

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