In this 1993 promotional photo, comedian George Carlin is shown in NYC. Carlin died June 22, 2008 at 71. (AP Photo/Fox …
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.
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."
- George Carlin