One look at the lobby of 47-55 39th Place in Sunnyside, Queens, leaves little doubt that the man maintaining it has a taste for neo-Nazi imagery.
Building manager Neal Milano is now under fire for what residents paint as a house of hate, with condo owners claiming the lobby is adorned with swastikas, Confederacy images and Nazi figures, according to a report by the Sunnyside Post.
Unlike Germany, which has strict laws banning Nazi symbols, the United States protects the rights of hate groups and racist individuals to express their views openly. That includes the display of swastikas and Nazi imagery in areas outside the workplace.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office said the lobby is covered with posters that pay tribute to the Confederacy and dictators like Hitler and Mussolini. Photos taken inside the building also show several posters dedicated to President Donald Trump.
“This is racist. This is deplorable,” Van Bramer said at the rally. “We are sickened by what is happening here in this lobby.”
Milano is also facing a lawsuit from condo owner Lynn Calvacca, according to the Sunnyside Post.
On Wednesday, activists led by Van Bramer rallied outside the building’s entrance at 47-55 39th Place, according to QNS.com.
“He’s a bully,” Calvacca reportedly said at the rally. “He’s a terrorist in the Sunnyside area.”
After word got out about the house of horrors, fake NYPD posters started to pop up around the neighborhood labeling Milano as a sex offender.
Police have said they didn’t post the flyers and that Milano is not a sex offender.