Parks Department officials stated that the signs were removed because it is illegal to post signs on city trees, and not because of the content transmitted by the signs.
Roughly translated the signs read: “Precious Jewish Daughters, please move over to the side when you see a man come across.”
The signs were placed on the trees by unknown people about one week ago, and many of the neighborhood residents were annoyed that the large plastic signs were removed.
One resident, 18-year-old Abraham Klein said, “The signs don’t bother anybody. Men and ladies don’t go together. It’s just our religion.”
Seventy-year-old Faye Greenfeld said that the signs were a “private thing” regardless of the fact that the signs were posted on public property.
“It’s taking away freedom of speech,” she said.