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There’s a new Rodney Dangerfield mural in Queens

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Howard Halle

Rodney Dangerfield, the King Of The One-Liners and star of such ’80s comedy classics and Caddyshack and Back To School, died in 2004, but his memory lives on in the hearts of everyone who loves jokes like, “I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio” or “My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” (Bah-dump-bump.) Now he’s being immortalized in a mural in Kew Gardens, Queens, the neighborhood where he grew up as Jacob Cohen.

According to a story in DNA Info, the mural is the handiwork of Italian artist Francesca Tosca Robicci, who chose a wall overlooking Kew Gardens Cinemas Park as his canvas. The idea for doing it belongs to Noah Sheroff, founder of 501(See)(Streets), a Queens-based nonprofit that specializes in realizing sponsored street art around NYC; the homage to Dangerfield is the organization’s most recent mural in Queens, following two others saluting The Ramones and the tennis stars (such as John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King) who’ve played in Forest Hills Stadium. Along with a portrait of the bug-eyed comic, Robicci’s painting includes his immortal catchphrase, “I don’t get not respect!” It’s a fitting tribute to a man who also offered this sage advice: “You gotta look out for number one, but don't step in number two!”

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