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(DNA Info)   This is why New York City can't have nice things: Beautiful and bizarrely artistic street signs featuring skulls, spires, coat hangers and other strange icons from the DOT that were placed around Manhattan are being stolen by quasi-satanic hipsters   (dnainfo.com) divider line 54
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2014-08-08 08:40:49 AM  
"What the hell is that?" Anthony asked, staring intently at one of the signs on 52nd Street and Park Avenue. "It makes no sense to me. I could sit here all day and it'd still make no sense."

I'll translate.

It says, "Welcome... to Night Vale."
 
2014-08-08 08:51:07 AM  
It's the SAMO © story.
 
2014-08-08 09:23:41 AM  
"It makes no sense to me. I could sit here all day and it'd still make no sense."assets.dnainfo.com
Mutant seahorses want to kiss at Colgate University after aborting their inverted housing.

Now, was that really so hard to figure out?
 
2014-08-08 10:02:23 AM  
Ferkin hipsters, you really need to take these signs home to figure out what they say?????
 
2014-08-08 11:09:24 AM  
I like those signs.  The DOT should keep them up, not just for the month.
 
2014-08-08 11:09:49 AM  
www.nofrackingway.us
 
2014-08-08 11:12:04 AM  
It's a schooner.
 
2014-08-08 11:12:07 AM  
In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"
 
2014-08-08 11:14:48 AM  
Personally, I prefer signs that clearly state their message
i215.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-08 11:15:11 AM  

ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"


Barely
 
2014-08-08 11:16:51 AM  

ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"


$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.
 
2014-08-08 11:16:51 AM  
HIPSTERS!  I knew it was them.  Even when it was the bears, I knew it was hipsters!
 
2014-08-08 11:17:10 AM  

brap: It's the SAMO © story.


Agreed.  The art scene in NYC is a basquiat case.
 
2014-08-08 11:17:46 AM  

buckstar: It's a schooner.


Sailboat...

crnchy.com
 
2014-08-08 11:18:02 AM  
Great. When the Martian tourists get here and can't navigate around NYC, there just going to get frustrated and end up disintegrating the whole damn place.
 
2014-08-08 11:18:54 AM  
Translation:  NYC spends money on goofy signs to promote some rich kid "struggling artist" who just happens to be some mucky mucks nephew.  Nepotism in NYC? Say it isn't so!
 
2014-08-08 11:21:05 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-08 11:23:43 AM  

big pig peaches: Great. When the Martian tourists get here and can't navigate around NYC, there just going to get frustrated and end up disintegrating the whole damn place.


What makes you think the signs aren't in Martian, and they're welcoming our alien overlords?
 
2014-08-08 11:24:21 AM  

blatz514: buckstar: It's a schooner.

Sailboat...

[crnchy.com image 713x538]


Little Girl:"Wow! It's a schooner!"
Willam:"You dumb bastard! That's not a schooner, it's a sailboat!"
Little Boy:"A schooner is a sailboat, stupidhead!"
Willam:"Well you know what? THERE IS NO EASTER BUNNY! OVER THERE, THAT'S JUST A GUY IN A SUIT!!"
 
2014-08-08 11:24:53 AM  
Its the hipster version of a redneck stealing a No Dumping sign and hanging it in his bathroom.
 
2014-08-08 11:26:37 AM  
scontent-b.cdninstagram.com
 
2014-08-08 11:29:17 AM  
"It's creepy," said food-truck worker Arturo Macedo, 36, of Bayside, Queens, pointing up at a coat hanger sign at 52nd Street and Park Avenue. "It's like Egyptian code. What, are we supposed to hang our clothes up there?"
Phil Anthony, 46, who works in advertising, said the pictograms also left him in the dark.
"What the hell is that?" Anthony asked, staring intently at one of the signs on 52nd Street and Park Avenue. "It makes no sense to me. I could sit here all day and it'd still make no sense."



Mission accomplished for the artist(s), I'd say.
 
2014-08-08 11:31:17 AM  
DNAinfo's comments section is filled with douchebags...AKA New Yorkers.
 
2014-08-08 11:32:23 AM  

thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.


"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul
 
2014-08-08 11:37:58 AM  

Diogenes: big pig peaches: Great. When the Martian tourists get here and can't navigate around NYC, there just going to get frustrated and end up disintegrating the whole damn place.

What makes you think the signs aren't in Martian, and they're welcoming our alien overlords?


Yeah, but if hipsters keep stealing them...

I always knew hipsters would be the cause of the end of the world.
 
2014-08-08 11:40:30 AM  

CJHardin: [img.fark.net image 850x1133]


Weird.  I recognized that shot almost immediately.  That's the driveway over on East Bay Street, or whatever it's called, in Charleston, that leads to the pineapple fountain.
 
2014-08-08 11:41:25 AM  

Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul


Hahaha!  Even though the quote is totally out of context and flipped on its ass-- still funny.
 
2014-08-08 11:42:54 AM  

thamike: Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul

Hahaha!  Even though the quote is totally out of context and flipped on its ass-- still funny.


You expect him to plagiarize accurately?  ;-)
 
2014-08-08 11:44:31 AM  

Diogenes: thamike: Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul

Hahaha!  Even though the quote is totally out of context and flipped on its ass-- still funny.

You expect him to plagiarize accurately?  ;-)


Wait, Rand actually said that?
 
2014-08-08 11:44:54 AM  
This is satire, right?
 
2014-08-08 11:46:09 AM  

Diogenes: "It makes no sense to me. I could sit here all day and it'd still make no sense."[assets.dnainfo.com image 620x414]
Mutant seahorses want to kiss at Colgate University after aborting their inverted housing.

Now, was that really so hard to figure out?


No fishing near the abortion clinic and roll your joints tighter.
 
2014-08-08 11:46:23 AM  

TheRameres: This is satire, right?


Why would it be satire?  How would it be satire?  Satirizing what?
 
2014-08-08 11:46:30 AM  

hlehmann: CJHardin: [img.fark.net image 850x1133]

Weird.  I recognized that shot almost immediately.  That's the driveway over on East Bay Street, or whatever it's called, in Charleston, that leads to the pineapple fountain.


Wow, yep!
 
2014-08-08 11:50:40 AM  

thamike: Diogenes: thamike: Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul

Hahaha!  Even though the quote is totally out of context and flipped on its ass-- still funny.

You expect him to plagiarize accurately?  ;-)

Wait, Rand actually said that?


Oh heck no.  At least not that I'm aware of.  I'm just rolling with the joke.
 
2014-08-08 11:51:03 AM  

MooseBayou: Personally, I prefer signs that clearly state their message
[i215.photobucket.com image 450x353]


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-08 11:51:53 AM  

vudukungfu: Diogenes: "It makes no sense to me. I could sit here all day and it'd still make no sense."[assets.dnainfo.com image 620x414]
Mutant seahorses want to kiss at Colgate University after aborting their inverted housing.

Now, was that really so hard to figure out?

No fishing near the abortion clinic and roll your joints tighter.


I've never rolled a joint with a college varsity letter patch.  I can't imagine that would burn or draw very well.
 
2014-08-08 11:57:48 AM  

Diogenes: thamike: Diogenes: thamike: Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul

Hahaha!  Even though the quote is totally out of context and flipped on its ass-- still funny.

You expect him to plagiarize accurately?  ;-)

Wait, Rand actually said that?

Oh heck no.  At least not that I'm aware of.  I'm just rolling with the joke.


I almost bought it.   That's the state of the right wing.
 
2014-08-08 12:26:36 PM  
I remember about 30-some years ago, our town decided to rename one of the roads from Stoner Way to Fay Way. The reason cited was that the street signs kept getting stolen and they were tired of having to pay to replace them every few months. The mayor was dumb enough to tell the local paper why it was changed and went on a tirade about the "evil stoners" and "immature high school kids", and it became a big joke. Needless to say, come the next election his ass was out. Most of the locals still refer to the street as Stoner Way.

/CSB?
 
2014-08-08 12:35:27 PM  

captjc: I remember about 30-some years ago, our town decided to rename one of the roads from Stoner Way to Fay Way. The reason cited was that the street signs kept getting stolen and they were tired of having to pay to replace them every few months. The mayor was dumb enough to tell the local paper why it was changed and went on a tirade about the "evil stoners" and "immature high school kids", and it became a big joke. Needless to say, come the next election his ass was out. Most of the locals still refer to the street as Stoner Way.

/CSB?


Back in my hometown, we had some road named Pothouse or Pot something... the actual name really was of no consequence.

Because it had "pot" in it, it was eventually replaced with a cement foundation stone obelisk at the corner after about a dozen of the conventional signs were stolen over a couple years.
 
2014-08-08 12:39:46 PM  

thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.


It's not just the cost of the so-called art, but the 12,000 dollars spent from the day some idiot said "How about this art, shall we hang it around the city?" to the actual installation by city crews. Totally unnecessary.
 
2014-08-08 12:50:18 PM  

Stoker: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

It's not just the cost of the so-called art, but the 12,000 dollars spent from the day some idiot said "How about this art, shall we hang it around the city?" to the actual installation by city crews. Totally unnecessary.


$12,000!?  That changes everything.  Forget what I said.  We are all victims of a capricious DOT, which only serves to leech from our wallets.
 
2014-08-08 01:15:01 PM  
Of the 50 signs that the DOT fastened to street lamps around Manhattan on July 24, 40 had been taken within the first 72 hours, officials said.

Greatest City in the World!!!TM
 
2014-08-08 01:18:55 PM  

ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"


If the DOT was smart, they'd sell them on their website.
 
2014-08-08 01:46:45 PM  
No this is why we can't have bad things.
 
2014-08-08 01:52:04 PM  
Anything to do with Summer Streets is a goddamn waste of time. "Hey, let's get ten vendors to set up identical booths selling garbage, block off access to higher-quality local businesses, and copy-paste it in ten locations around the city." What kind of animal sells crepes with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup? Jesus christ. Walk one block in either direction and you see all the same goddamn booths, again. It would maybe, maybe make sense if they did this in Brooklyn.
 
2014-08-08 01:57:32 PM  

Tonto's Expanding Headband: Of the 50 signs that the DOT fastened to street lamps around Manhattan on July 24, 40 had been taken within the first 72 hours, officials said.

Greatest City in the World!!!TM


I don't know about "in the world,"  but it's a pretty fantastic f*cking city.
 
2014-08-08 02:24:15 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Nepotism


Nothing makes my blood boil like nepotism/cronyism but do you have any information justifying this claim.

\before I add his name to the list of heads to roll when the masses open their eyes
\\and decide it Marie Antoinette time
 
2014-08-08 02:27:56 PM  
Those are some rad NWO/GOG/Reptiles-flying-UFOs-are-among-us stuff!!

I'd feel a bit tempted myself.
 
2014-08-08 02:39:35 PM  
Why not follow the example of the Los Angeles County Coroners's department and sell them online?
 
2014-08-08 03:33:35 PM  

Diogenes: thamike: ajgeek: In before "we're wasting our tax dollars on crap like this!?"

$800 divided among 8,000,000 people.  Truly, history's greatest travesty.

"All art is quite useless."

 - Rand Paul


$800 per dopey sign seems about right. I'd love to know how much the "artist" got paid to come up with random pictures, at least 2 unionized city workers to hang each sign and materials.
What's the local tax rate in NYC? Money well spent.
 
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