NEW YORK — More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition to rename a block of a Manhattan Avenue after former President Barack Obama – a block that just so happens to be the home of Trump Tower.
The MoveOn.org petition is asking Mayor de Blasio and the NYC City Council that Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, be officially renamed “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
If this were to happen, any building addresses along that block “should be changed accordingly,” the petition says, which would change Trump Tower’s address to 725 President Barack H. Obama Ave.
The MoveOn.org petition has garnered 87,545 digital signatures, and counting, as of early Wednesday morning, on the way to its new goal of 100,000 signatures.
Elizabeth Rowin, who started the petition, told Newsweek she started it “as a joke” at first, but has heard from “several” City Council members who told her they’d possibly pursue it.
There’s just one minor problem; New York City rules say a person must be dead for a street to be renamed after them.
“I am sure the conditions can be changed,” Rowin told Newsweek. “there are two streets in LA named after former President Obama. These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around,” she said.