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NYC feud over George Carlin sign

Late comedian still rankles some in NYC. A petition to name a street in George Carlin’s honor divides his old neighborhood. What opponents say?

Petition to rename uptown street after late comedian George Carlin hits a bump at fuming priest.

He’s been dead for more than three years, but George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” is still polarizing his old Morningside Heights neighborhood.

More than 6,500 people have signed a petition requesting W. 121st St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. be renamed after the caustic comic.

The petition was presented at last night’s Community Board 9 meeting, which drew a standing-room-only crowd.

But the Rev. Raymond Rafferty – principal of Corpus Christi School, Carlin’s Catholic alma mater – countered that such an honor for a smut mouth would be shameful.

“His vulgarity is very strong, and that is not a good role model for children,” said Rafferty, who is also the church’s pastor.

George Carlin

If approved, a street sign bearing Carlin’s name would go up directly in front of the school.

“George Carlin was a tremendously influential American figure,” said Morningside Heights comedian Kevin Bartini. “He did live on the street for over 20 years.”

In his hit comic albums “Class Clown” and “Occupation: Fool,” Carlin pokes fun at his old neighborhood, calling it “White Harlem” to make it sound “tough.” (DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS)

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