Red Hook firefighters’ logo too hot to handle

These Hookers are all washed up. Nearly three years after an FDNY ban on risque nicknames, a Red Hook, Brooklyn, firehouse emblazoned with the logo Happy Hookers has been scrubbed clean. The whitewashing of the Lorraine St. firehouse irked some neighbors who hoped to keep the painted logo on the garage of Engine 279/Ladder 131. “That’s terrible! It’s another piece of our communal history being whitewashed,” neighbor Brian Daily, 43, said as he stared slack-jawed at the fresh paint. “It’s a shame,” agreed retiree Lynn Howery, 72. The ban on risque names, patches and logos came in 2005 after a city Department of Investigation report on a sex scandal at a Bronx firehouse nicknamed Animal House. Three Bravest were fired amid accusations they had sex with a woman in the firehouse and tried to cover it up. Not everyone was sad to see the hookers go. Aneke Walters, 23, a student at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College, said, “Why would the racy-name rule apply to everyone but Engine 279?”   Join the Conversation:

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