What's in a name? Plenty when it's 'Gates of Hell'

Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick wants to banish the name "Gates of Hell" when referring to an abandoned power plant. The council will vote Tuesday on the resolution to refer to the Glenwood

News 12 Staff

Jun 24, 2008, 12:29 AM

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What's in a name? Plenty when it's 'Gates of Hell'
Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick wants to banish the name "Gates of Hell" when referring to an abandoned power plant.
The council will vote Tuesday on the resolution to refer to the Glenwood Power Station as either the "Old Glenwood Power Station" or by its physical address. The change would apply to all city documents and communications.Lesnick also wants to landmark the building, which has fallen into a state of disrepair since it closed in the 1960s. It's now a reputed hangout spot and place where young people are initiated into gangs via rapes and beatings.
"We want to focus on the positives of this building and hopefully that will lead to some sort of adaptive reuse," says Lesnick.
A music video is currently being shot at the building. Representatives from a Los Angeles production company say the site was picked because it's "seedy."
The City Council will vote on the matter at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Building owner Ken Capolino says he supports a name change because the current name has a very negative connotation.


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