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Welcome to Con-y island! All Aboard! Coney Island, NY. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Welcome to Con-y island! All Aboard! Coney Island, NY. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

The “E” in the CONEY ISLAND sign on Stillwell terminal has been burned out for months, ruining an iconic photo op for summer visitors. Unless of course the MTA’s official name of the place is now CON-Y ISLAND in honor of the con job of a rezoning plan that passed yesterday in the City Council?

I first noticed the burned out “E” on June 5 and contacted the MTA. “Please get someone to fix it asap, if they’re not already on it. Makes it hard to take a good photo.” The guy on the MTA’s customer service line dutifully took my complaint but didn’t get my point. “You can still read the sign,” he said.

I’m going to forward this pic to elected officials to see if they can give the notoriously slow state-run MTA a nudge. Probably not. That’s why Bloomberg would like to take over the MTA if re-elected. An interviewer doing a telephone survey of voters for the Bloomberg campaign threw out that piece of info when he called to get my opinion on possible campaign proposals.

Oh, and guys, when you get around to fixing the sign, the “L” in ISLAND needs maintenance too. Somebody knocked it out of kilter.

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