23 June 2010
Ever wonder what the collective impact is on the psyche from all the signs around the city? And what ever happened to common decency?
It didn’t take long to notice the vast amount of signs in New York. They’re everywhere. They’re all over your apartment building, on lamp posts, on grass, in parks, on scaffolding, in shop windows. We’ve never quite seen anything like it. So we wondered — with New York being the center of the universe and all — is this the sign of civilization? Is this how we keep people in order and avoid chaos? Well, if you’ve ever been to NYC, the answer is an obvious no.
And how do other cities, namely in developing countries, function without all these rules posted everywhere? In other words, how do people know how to act in public?
Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs
Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign
- Les Emmerson
Taking these photos started off as fun, but after countless clicks it just became depressing. Don’t you think that perhaps if we were taught compassion, consideration, and patience from an early age, that all of this would be unnecessary? What effect does all this NO this and NO that on a daily basis, everywhere you look, have on the psyche?
In three different languages no less. Covering all bases.
Violators will be prosecuted. Harsh.
In triplet, just to make sure.
We love these moments, when there's a flagrant breaking of the rules.
We're glad they at least specified where the walking of dogs is prohibited. But wait, does that mean anyone is allowed on the property if they don't have a dog?
Lost count on the number of rules here. No alcohol, drugs, or bare feet. Got it.
Another one of those rare moments to be captured on camera. This bike rider will not be tamed. Stick it to the man!
Pigeons leave leftovers for rats. What if we gave them a doggy bag?
God forbid the children have any fun.
This is quite normal to see (although in Australia they encourage you to go on the grass). What makes this exceptional is that this is inside Gramercy Park, a private park, accessible only to nearby residents who pay an annual fee to get a key. You would think access to the grass would be included in that.
If we had $350 for every time someone honked in NYC.....
But you ARE allowed to kill the fish here.
Yvonne is busted!
At 5 Pointz in Queens, a sanctioned building where graffiti is not only tolerated, but encouraged. But only if you have a permit. And only at those times. And, oh yeah, no photoshoots or video without permission. Sounds like an awful lot of rules for an activity that is traditionally anti-rules/anti-establishment.
We were actually told off by a jogger when we were PUSHING our bikes along the path. We weren't in anyone's way. But hey, rules are rules, right?
Animal discrimination? Animal rights activists, engage.
Hmm. No loitering. Isn't that, kinda, what parks are for?
Starting to see a trend here?
Whoever lives in those apartment blocks have managed to extend that fence even further than it physically appears. They've created a protective bubble around it.
Just before this, there is a big window where people can look at Ground Zero and watch the activity going on. There is a security guard who stands there, apparently for the express purpose to tell people not to put their foot up on a ledge.
Cafe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 3 rules, 1 window. Impressive.