NYC agency to probe Nazi symbols in Queens lobby

The city Human Rights Commission is launching an investigation into a Queens condo building that decked out its lobby with a bizarre display featuring Nazi and Confederate symbols.

Investigators will probe whether there’s illegal harassment going on at the Sunnyside building run by manager Neal Milano, according to the commission and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens).

“There are people in the building who believe a hostile environment has been created,” Van Bramer said. “If there are people in the building who fear retaliation and in some cases fear violence from him, clearly their rights are being violated.”

The building’s off the wall decorations include photos of dictators Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin. There’s a World War II poster featuring a swastika, several pictures of guns, alongside other posters of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mount Rushmore.

It’s illegal under city human rights law to harass or create a hostile environment for tenants on the basis of race, religion or immigration status.

“Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in New York City and the NYC Commission on Human Rights is cracking down on anyone who thinks they are above the Law,” said Human Rights Commission deputy commissioner Hollis Pfitsch. “Despite hostile rhetoric on the national level, no one in New York City has permission to harass or threaten another person because of who they are, what they believe, or what they look like.”

Milano did not return a call for comment. His lawyer has said the displays are intended as a history lesson, not propaganda.

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