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(NYPost)   NYC installs new user-friendly signs to help New Yorkers, visitors see more of the city while on foot without realizing that 90% of people walking around have their heads buried in their cell phones   (nypost.com) divider line 46
    More: Interesting, New York, Long Island City, Janette Sadik-Khan, Department of Transportation  
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2013-06-24 03:20:38 PM
One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Also, if you can spot the Empire State Building, you're facing 34th Street and 5th Ave.
 
2013-06-24 03:29:39 PM
I'm not a local, but I'm down there frequently.  Almost without fail, someone asks me for directions.  I usually preface my answer with, "You're probably asking the wrong guy but I think..."

So maybe this would be a good idea.
 
2013-06-24 03:31:28 PM
If they were "user-friendly" AKA people buried in their phones, they would put these signs on the pavement.
 
2013-06-24 03:33:11 PM
Also 60,000 for each sign seems a bit much.
 
2013-06-24 03:33:13 PM
Seems a little quaint given that these very cell phones have a mapping function.
 
2013-06-24 03:33:28 PM

RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.


Broadway's up

The Battery's down
 
2013-06-24 03:34:07 PM
I'd like to say I speak for the 99% of Farkers who don't live in NYC.

Who gives a fark?

And why do you guys keep greenlighting these stories about New York?
 
2013-06-24 03:36:37 PM
That's gonna make it real hard for me to practice my favorite hobby - giving people wrong directions. Farking Bloomie.

/jk
//friendly New Yawker
 
2013-06-24 03:36:46 PM

Tax Boy: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Broadway's up

The Battery's down


I believe it's the Bronx that is up.
 
2013-06-24 03:37:08 PM

Tax Boy: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Broadway's up

The Battery's down


Why do the lights get brighter the farther downtown you go?

You're getting closer to the Battery.

the veal, try it.
 
2013-06-24 03:37:28 PM

Tax Boy: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Broadway's up

The Battery's down


Wrong

Accoring to the song, the Bronx is up.

Broadway is both up and down, in fact starting right near the Battery
 
2013-06-24 03:39:04 PM
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"I asked a cop what it means. He said 'Up yours kid'".
 
2013-06-24 03:39:09 PM
Just gonna leave this here... FTFA:

"The federal government is funding 80 percent of the $6 million project, with the DOT and business improvement districts chipping in for the rest of the tab. "
 
2013-06-24 03:39:26 PM

RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.


Works every time.
 They don't need to know where north is.  Uptown/downtown, east side/west side is their language.  Hell, you could probably tell the same 30% they were heading uptown and they still wouldn't be able to point north.
 
2013-06-24 03:42:50 PM

Odd Bird: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Works every time.
 They don't need to know where north is.  Uptown/downtown, east side/west side is their language.  Hell, you could probably tell the same 30% they were heading uptown and they still wouldn't be able to point north.


look one way down an avenue. If you see big buildings, that's probably south. Unless you're in the village and there are big buildings in both directions but who the fark wants to be in the village in the first place?
 
2013-06-24 03:47:07 PM

Odd Bird: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Works every time.
 They don't need to know where north is.  Uptown/downtown, east side/west side is their language.  Hell, you could probably tell the same 30% they were heading uptown and they still wouldn't be able to point north.


Unless you run into Columbus, which doesn't do fark all (unless you know Columbus is 9th Ave north of 58 St)
 
2013-06-24 03:47:46 PM
Two guys walk into a bar. Why? Because they were looking at their cell phones!

// here all the week
/// 6:30 show totally different from 8:30 show
 
2013-06-24 03:48:30 PM

RodneyToady: In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Also, if you can spot the Empire State Building, you're facing 34th Street and 5th Ave.


These are both good guidelines, or, you know, look at the sun and figure it out and by night fall you ought to have your bearings.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 03:48:45 PM
Since a large % of people don't bother reading signs it seems like a huge waste of time.
 
2013-06-24 03:49:22 PM

DubtodaIll: Also 60,000 for each sign seems a bit much.


Eh, maybe a bit high. But I would think that includes design, fabrication, and installation. And NYC is finally getting smart and using scratch/graffiti-resistant glass (or plastic, not sure) on things like bus stops and such. So that probably adds a bit to the cost of materials.

 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 03:49:54 PM

drongozone: Tax Boy: RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Broadway's up

The Battery's down

Wrong

Accoring to the song, the Bronx is up.

Broadway is both up and down, in fact starting right near the Battery


Brodway is FABULOUS!
 
2013-06-24 03:49:54 PM

skullkrusher: That's gonna make it real hard for me to practice my favorite hobby - giving people wrong directions. Farking Bloomie.

/jk
//friendly New Yawker


My favorite hobby is letting the cell phone walkers bump into me on the street
 
2013-06-24 03:54:30 PM
"It's bad luck just SEEING something like that!!!"

/Flores de los muertos!
 
2013-06-24 03:55:05 PM
As a native of Louisiana who lived on LI and worked in the city, one of my favorite pastimes was giving directions to people.

/pretty sure at least ONE of them got where they were wanting to go...
//maybe
 
2013-06-24 03:55:08 PM
Go to Manitoba's on a Friday or Saturday to meet a cool rock star.
Go to Skyline Park for a fun walk.
 
2013-06-24 03:55:36 PM
Your life will drastically improve once you figure out basic directional awareness off a city's grid system. Same with the how the numbering on our interstate system works.

/LOL 'BUSINESS LOOPS' and 'SPURS'
 
2013-06-24 03:59:40 PM
I miss the days when you could circumnavigate the city by locating these two giant towers they had all the way downtown.  Whatever happened to those?
 
2013-06-24 04:02:42 PM

Rembrant_Q_Einstein: I miss the days when you could circumnavigate the city by locating these two giant towers they had all the way downtown.  Whatever happened to those?


They got bulldozed to pave the way for new government programs.
 
2013-06-24 04:10:04 PM

Rembrant_Q_Einstein: I miss the days when you could circumnavigate the city by locating these two giant towers they had all the way downtown.  Whatever happened to those?


They've been replaced by one giant tower with a gianter antenna.
 
2013-06-24 04:12:59 PM
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2013-06-24 04:13:11 PM

RodneyToady: In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block. If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.


Look at a map -- you went NNE.
 
2013-06-24 04:17:53 PM
NYC (Manhattan) is incredibly easy to navigate what with the grid pattern.  If you get lost your are an idiot.  Now don't get me started on DC, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, etc.
 
2013-06-24 04:27:32 PM

skullkrusher: That's gonna make it real hard for me to practice my favorite hobby - giving people wrong directions. Farking Bloomie.

/jk
//friendly New Yawker


Guilty as charged too. lol, but never totally mean. Not like I send them out to Long Island just a few blocks off.
 
2013-06-24 04:49:21 PM
wildcardjack:
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"I asked a cop what it means. He said 'Up yours kid'".


Came to post this, satisfied I was beaten to it.
 
2013-06-24 05:04:46 PM
Never look up. Never look at the skyscrapers.
That's when they steal your wallet.
 
2013-06-24 05:09:39 PM

doccm9: skullkrusher: That's gonna make it real hard for me to practice my favorite hobby - giving people wrong directions. Farking Bloomie.

/jk
//friendly New Yawker

Guilty as charged too. lol, but never totally mean. Not like I send them out to Long Island just a few blocks off.


Battery Park? Oh, sure. First you walk across the 59th Street... err Ed Koch Bridge and then hook a left at the falafel stand under the El....
 
2013-06-24 05:33:56 PM

RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Also, if you can spot the Empire State Building, you're facing 34th Street and 5th Ave.


You don't even have to walk. You just look at either end of the street. The signs are pretty big and if you have normal eyesight or corrective lenses, you should be able to read them.

...and if somebody is so confused that they don't know whether they're uptown or downtown relative to midtown (the direction in which the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building can be seen), they're pretty much hopeless.

/ I can sort of understand south of Houston if you're new to the neighborhood and don't know the major landmarks, but the Garment District? Really?
// "I'm on 36th, the next sign says 35th. Where the fark is 34th? Holy shiat, we're completely lost. We're going to die here. Why didn't they build a stainless steel map for me?"
 
2013-06-24 06:03:56 PM

RodneyToady: One-third of locals don't know which way is north

In most of Manhattan, just figure out what street you're on, and walk a block.  If you're on a street and the number went up, you went north.  If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.

Also, if you can spot the Empire State Building, you're facing 34th Street and 5th Ave.


*Offer void in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.
 
2013-06-24 06:15:32 PM
Asking for directions in NYC?  That's a gropin'.
 
2013-06-24 06:31:36 PM
RodneyToady: If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.


Lexington -> Park

YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT
 
2013-06-24 06:57:53 PM
$6 million?  I need to get a government contract.  I wonder how much they'd pay me to put up user friendly parking signs in Manhattan.  I wonder how much *I* would have to pay someone to explain them to me first...
 
2013-06-24 06:59:13 PM

thisiszombocom: RodneyToady: If you're on an avenue and the number went up, you went west.


Lexington -> Park

YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT


You forgot Madison.  It's easy though.  MLP.  Mutton Lettuce and Pastrami.  In that order.  It's delicious.
 
2013-06-24 07:29:36 PM

sci2: $6 million?  I need to get a government contract.  I wonder how much they'd pay me to put up user friendly parking signs in Manhattan.  I wonder how much *I* would have to pay someone to explain them to me first...


If your signs are user friendly enough, the users should be paying the signs.
 
2013-06-24 07:39:20 PM
"This is going to be great and get more people into Western Queens," he said.

What the fark is there besides Citi Field, LGA and a bunch of junkyards?
 
2013-06-24 08:28:40 PM
 
2013-06-25 12:00:20 AM

JohnCarter: NYC (Manhattan) is incredibly easy to navigate what with the grid pattern.  If you get lost your are an idiot.  Now don't get me started on DC, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, etc.


I'll just leave this here...

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