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In this 2003 photo, Charlotte Lesher, the mother of Ramones singer Joey Ramone, holds a sign that names the corner of Bowery and 2nd Street in New York City Joey Ramone Place, in honor of the punk musician.
updated 9/27/2010 1:10:25 PM ET 2010-09-27T17:10:25

Officials say a metal homage to the late punk legend Joey Ramone may be New York City's most-stolen street sign.

The Department of Transportation recently had the "Joey Ramone Place" sign reinstalled in lower Manhattan for the fourth time since 2003.

This time, it was raised eight feet to curb temptation. The New York Post says that puts it about 20 feet above street level.

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The group's longtime drummer, Marky Ramone, thinks Joey would appreciate the most-stolen distinction. But he adds: "Now you have to be an NBA player to see it."

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The sign is at the corner of Bowery and East Second Street.

DOT spokesman Seth Solomonow said Broadway, Wall Street and Love Lane signs also have attracted sign thieves.

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