Friday, June 4, 2010

A NY Road Sign the DOT Forgot About

A NY Road Sign the DOT Forgot About: "

I think this is quite possibly my favorite road sign in New York:


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You can find this decaying sign on Seagirt Boulevard just before you cross the bridge to Atlantic Beach in south Queens.


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But the real question is: what the heck does this sign mean? You’re already in the middle of New York when you pass it; that arrow could be pointing in any direction and still be accurate! And if it’s referring to Manhattan, it’s definitely pointing in the wrong direction.


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If it said Atlantic Beach or Long Beach or Nassau County or Long Island, it might make some sense…but as it stands, it’s just a simple wooden sign with an arrow pointing to “New York.” And when was the last time the DOT put up signs printed on wood??


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To be totally honest, this is actually my favorite road sign in New York. Forget the silly “How sweet it is!” and “Fuggedaboutit!” signs…


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“Welcome to Brooklyn: Home To Everyone From Everywhere!”


…that’s the absolute best description of Brooklyn I’ve ever heard.


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