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Joey Ramone's Commemorative Sign Moved Higher

September 28, 2010 (3:32 am) GMT
To anticipate further theft by the late rocker's fans, the city officials have moved the sign 20 feet above street level.

A sign in New York City commemorating late punk legend Joey Ramone has been moved following a series of thefts. The corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street in Manhattan was renamed Joey Ramone Place in 2003 as a lasting tribute to the singer, who lived nearby and played at the local CBGB music club during his early years with the .

City officials have been forced to replace the sign on numerous occasions because determined fans keep stealing it, and following the latest theft they have now moved it to 20 feet (six metres) above street level in a bid to deter the vandals. But the star's bandmate Marky Ramone fears fans will have trouble spotting the sign now it is so far off the ground.

He tells the New York Post, "He (Joey) would have appreciated the distinction, but maybe they should find a better way to attach it. Now you have to be an NBA (basketball) player to see it. Every time I turn down 2nd Street, I look up and say, 'Hey Joey, you belong up there.' It's a really nice tribute to a frontman who started the genre we call punk rock." Joey Ramone died in 2001.

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