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HUGE AD ON BUILDING IS DECLARED A HAZARD

A 15,200-square-foot advertisement plastered across the landmark Flatiron Building in Manhattan violates city building regulations and could pose a threat to pedestrians' safety, the city said.

The Buildings Department issued 10 citations to the property's owners on March 28, saying the ad was posted without a permit and could be toppled by strong winds.

The ad, for clothing retailer H&M, is posted over scaffolding encasing the building for a renovation project. It appeared in late March and was to have remained in place for a month.

The city planned to file papers seeking removal of the ad with state officials in Albany, and a court hearing would likely be held in two weeks if it is not taken down, Buildings Department spokeswoman Ilyse Fink told the New York Times for Friday editions.

The building's owner, Flatiron Partners, has declined to comment on the citations, as has H&M.