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The city has collected a record fine of $225,000 for the illegal installation of wall signs in a historic district without Landmarks Preservation Commission approval. The money resolves a lawsuit at 598 Broadway, where several signs have been installed without permits. So why are signs at 600 Broadway legal when ones at 598 Broadway are not? As per LPC spokesperson Elisabeth de Bourbon, "It’s mostly text, not images; the color palette is restrained/limited; the colors are in keeping with the painted wall signs historically found in the district; it does not overwhelm the facade or streetscape; has a border, and, most importantly the owner got a permit." The more you know! [City Room]