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Title: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Chuckster on September 18, 2009, 04:41:47 PM
Has anyone else noticed the writing on various street lampposts throughout the neighborhood?  I spotted a few of these on various streets in Jackson Heights and was wondering how widespread it is.  The person or persons doing the writing must be doing so in the wee hours of the morning because the writing is done in small print using a black marker.  With the amount of writing done, I can only imagine that it's a time consuming process.  It almost looks like a story written on the lampposts.  That said, I haven't taken the time to stop and read what's written.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on September 18, 2009, 04:59:54 PM
it started about 18 months ago, as i recall, but has really really exploded lately. my spanish isn't good enough to sit down and really digest everything, but stylistically, it reminds me of this really wacky guy i encountered in my teen years who was one step removed from tinfoil hat territory.....
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: leoooog on September 18, 2009, 05:09:10 PM
I've been meaning to ask about this on the forum. I've seen them in surrounding neighborhoods as well, including Corona, Woodside, and maybe even Sunnyside.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Metsboy on September 18, 2009, 05:10:49 PM
Has anyone else noticed the writing on various street lampposts throughout the neighborhood?  I spotted a few of these on various streets in Jackson Heights and was wondering how widespread it is.  The person or persons doing the writing must be doing so in the wee hours of the morning because the writing is done in small print using a black marker.  With the amount of writing done, I can only imagine that it's a time consuming process.  It almost looks like a story written on the lampposts.  That said, I haven't taken the time to stop and read what's written.

Thats funny, i thought it was just some looney here in Woodside. This guy must spend a lot of time doing this. 
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Metsboy on September 18, 2009, 05:12:04 PM
I've been meaning to ask about this on the forum. I've seen them in surrounding neighborhoods as well, including Corona, Woodside, and maybe even Sunnyside.
Yep LIC too ..so from LIC to Corona ?  Thats a pretty big area
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: toddg on September 18, 2009, 09:42:39 PM
I've noticed it, too.  It looks fascinating, but I've never had time to figure out what it's all about.

It would be great if somebody could take some pictures and post them here.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: leoooog on September 19, 2009, 12:23:33 AM
Here's an image I took of one a while ago (I thought it might make for a good banner image, but I couldn't figure out a good way to crop it). A couple of more photographs here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leogomez/tags/graffiti/), if anyone wants to translate (though it would be an incomplete translation, as I did not get the whole thing).

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2463/3932655519_04096b1aa2.jpg)
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: snickers on September 19, 2009, 05:17:25 AM
That is vandalism, hope whoever has been doing this gets arrested. Best scenario would be that the writer get a shock so they wouldn't do it again. In the ghetto something like this would be accepted but not in solid middle class neighborhoods.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: leoooog on September 19, 2009, 10:24:39 AM
I, for one, thank this vandal for making our lampposts somewhat more interesting.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: bellabella on September 19, 2009, 10:27:20 AM
i've seen this mainly in the 70's going from 35 ave to about 31st ave  how are they doing this without being seen? and they have to be sitting on ground to write all that
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Guacharaca on September 19, 2009, 01:27:04 PM
I have also seen these written lamp posts for at least two years in Sunny side and Woodside. The person that does it seems to be moving East. I have actually read some of the writing on them and it involves a lot issues that are in the media, from local news to international news with a lot of news from Latin America. Most of the writing seems to wrap around the pole from top to bottom.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 19, 2009, 03:08:15 PM
I don't care if it's illegal. I think it's great! It's true, they do make the place so much more interesting. reminds me of the tile man(?) in manhattan. he got ticketed but eventually he became a treasure. Snickers, why do you have to go tell the teacher every time someone puts gum under the desk?

i would love a translation of this. This is sooo much better than the tagging goign on. these new tags, I dont even know waht language they are in. i think they are stupid. we need more murals in tagged up areas. i'd love to get into that. :police:
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on September 19, 2009, 04:34:33 PM
i like it as well. i think it's super intriguing and i honestly doubt it will bring down property values, kill kittens, make children turn to vampirism as a way of life or anything like that. having lived through the time and place when keith haring was considered a menace to all that was good and right in the world, i cannot help but giggle. and yes, one of these pieces is right around the corner from my building's doorstep
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: elyaqim on October 05, 2009, 08:41:29 PM
Sorry I didn’t notice this thread sooner. I have been intrigued by the street lamp text since I moved in last year, and I have been photographing the three about which I knew since the summer. Here are links to my two photo albums, plus direct links to the particular pictures should you not wish to browse through the other photographs in the albums:

• “A Hell of a Town, part VI (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=134484&id=510279107&l=c9ec54ca79)”: 1 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323832&l=ca9252954b&id=510279107), 2 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323833&l=fd62db077e&id=510279107), 3 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323834&l=a148122121&id=510279107), 4 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323835&l=673ff3076c&id=510279107), 5 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323836&l=b996a99834&id=510279107), 6 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323837&l=18f500bc07&id=510279107), 7 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323838&l=83b6ecf56b&id=510279107), 8 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323843&l=75435d30ac&id=510279107), 9 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323844&l=9f677e22f9&id=510279107), 10 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323845&l=60cab11e09&id=510279107), 11 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3323846&l=46f004472d&id=510279107).

• “A Hell of a Town, part VII (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=137985&id=510279107&l=aa4f01d8ec)”: 12 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409992&l=5067e49300&id=510279107), 13 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409993&l=347f96c5c0&id=510279107), 14 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409994&l=21f26473bc&id=510279107), 15 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409995&l=1d6416a398&id=510279107), 16 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409996&l=2e42fd9f99&id=510279107), 17 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409997&l=2eb91ae9ae&id=510279107), 18 (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3409998&l=45ab72a982&id=510279107).

An example:
(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs151.snc1/5620_142101439107_510279107_3323833_3280727_n.jpg)

Best scenario would be that the writer get a shock so they wouldn't do it again. In the ghetto something like this would be accepted but not in solid middle class neighborhoods.

Thank you, snickers, for hitting the nail on the head, particularly your inference about social differences between people in the middle class and those who live in the ghetto. Somehow, you knew exactly what people living in a ghetto would be thinking in their one collective mind. As someone who moved to Queens from the Bronx and some of whose great-grandparents immigrated to the US from ghettos, I can tell you street lamp text is completely acceptable. I think it’s mostly a phenomenon in the ghettos of Poland and Romania, and less so in Lithuania and Ukraine, but that may be just my perception. (It probably follows the same dividing lines between communities that sweetened their gefilte fish and communities that didn’t.) I think my mother even told me her grandmother had mentioned the acceptability of street lamp text. That must be why I was so fascinated by it.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: v70cat on October 06, 2009, 02:32:57 PM
So can someone translate it?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: bellabella on October 06, 2009, 06:34:59 PM
Theres a house off northern in the 70's that has some writing on it and a flag hanging in front. Perhaps this is the culprit????
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: abee on October 06, 2009, 10:19:25 PM
I always thought the tiny writing on the lamp posts was kind of beautiful  :smitten:
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Shelby2 on October 07, 2009, 09:25:23 AM
I think someone on here who has been particulary intrigued with the lamppost writing should send it into the tip box of The Local at the NY Times.  (Elyaqim?  Chuckster?  Leooog?)


Something in the community intriguing or bugging you? Curious about a local person, place or thing? Know of a story that wants to be told? Let us know.

About the Virtual Assignment Desk (http://fort-greene.blogs.nytimes.com/about-the-virtual-assignment-desk/)

"The Local is not just a news site. It’s a collaboration with the community. Hence the Virtual Assignment Desk, which has two parts.

Part 1 is the box that says “Be the Journalist.” Here we will frequently list events that we need someone to cover — that is, attend, take notes and pictures (horizontals preferred), write up and send in. It’s usually interesting and often fun, and we’re happy to give you the basic journalism training you need. We can’t pay you, but you will receive love, gratitude, credit and the knowledge that you’re helping build a better community Web site.

Part 2 is the box that says “Assign the Journalist.” This is our tip box. Tell us about anything of local interest or concern that deserves to be covered on the blog. If you want to volunteer to do the reporting and writing or photographing yourself, so much the better. We are open to just about anything."



note - one small problem is that I can't find the email address for the Queens local -- only the Brooklyn local.  :-\
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Really4rob on October 07, 2009, 06:05:22 PM
I just noticed this recently too ... glad to see I'm not the only one fascinated by it.

And yeah, who has that kind of time to write so much, probably so late at night?

Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: tallman on October 09, 2009, 10:26:14 PM
My Spanish is poor at best, but from the 2 pics in this thread, the writing seems to be the work of a mentally unstable person, with delusions of grandeur or paranoid tendancies.

The first picture is basically a list of large corporate entities and the second is some ramblings about the space shuttle discovery and a tear in the fuselage with references to various media outlets and govt orgs.

Madness does have its beauty, and even though this is still grafitti, it's a lot nicer than anothertag from a local gang member or something, but there's probably not much behind the writings than one person's delusions. And it's not as well-written as Baudlere or Rimbeau (sp?) so probably not worth too much time or consideration.

If you do see/know this guy, give him some Zyprexa, it worked wonders for me.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Marlene on October 09, 2009, 11:21:27 PM
Translation of one of the lamp posts on 77th Street:

Directors of schools of education, teachers of the university, doctors employed by all the hospitals
unions and syndicates and the department of labor, all the employees of the MTA and trains,
Fiat and Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, sports athletes, professional employees of FedEx, UPS,
professional baseball teams, basquetball, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming, horse racing, motorcycles, automobiles, bicyclists, athleticism, gymnasiums, discotheques, bars, hair salons, beauty salon, herbal stores, fruit stores, flowers stores print, radio and television, politics, etc. etc. pornographic industries, gays, lesbians, movie industry actors and actresses, circus, zoos, museums, employees of the parks and ports and docks, airports, cruise ships, merchant marines, taxi drivers, employees of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Radio City, Terminal ___________, members of the musical Industries, CDs, DVD in these moments they are exploiting the artists, with national music, _____________ of CDs acquired by the _________ and robbed of its ownership, including, artistic entities of England.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Shelby2 on October 09, 2009, 11:29:36 PM
thanks for taking the time and energy to do that!
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: tallman on October 09, 2009, 11:52:00 PM
As previously stated, madness has its beauty, but it seems it's medication time for the streetlight scribe.  I say this with no insincerity, it worked for me.

You shouldn't be worried about global conspiracies of injustice if you're up writing on lampposts at 4 am; you need to get your head in check.  (unless you're independantly wealthy, then I guess we all need a hobby)
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Marlene on October 10, 2009, 12:03:43 AM
As I was translating I myself was in need of some hip-hop music added to the background as I thought I was reading the lyrics of a spanish rap song.  So I wouldn't be too quick to suggest medication.  Not yet!!  I think we may have a talented local artist in the 'hood who wants to be discovered.  And this may indeed be the perfect way to get a record deal.  Brilliant!!!!!   :smiley6600:
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: tallman on October 10, 2009, 12:47:48 AM
Madness is both Brilliant and Beautiful and marches to the beat of a different drummer with some 'crazy' rhythm, but unless he's getting Royalties for his lampposts, he may want to reconsider.

Art don't always make you a living.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: CALIFORNIA on October 10, 2009, 06:45:43 AM
It is like Gertrude Stein.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: sl on October 10, 2009, 08:04:11 PM
Just my opinion, it's an eye sore.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: elyaqim on October 10, 2009, 09:05:49 PM
I think I figured out some of the missing words, in green below, not that it makes any more sense to me:

Quote
Bankers, directors of schools of education, university teachers, doctors employed by all the hospitals, unions and syndicates and the department of labor, all the employees of the MTA and trains, Fiat and Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, sports athletes, professional employees of FedEx, UPS, professional baseball teams, basketball, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming, horse racing, motorcycles, automobiles, bicyclists, athleticism, gymnasia, discotheques, bars, hair salons, beauty salon, herbal stores, fruit stores, flowers stores print, radio and television, politics, etc. etc. pornographic industries, gays, lesbians, movie industry actors and actresses, circus, zoos, museums, employees of the parks and ports and docks, airports, cruise ships, merchant marines, taxi drivers, employees of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Radio City, Terminal ___________, members of the musical Industries, CDs, DVD in these moments they are exploiting the artists, with Ecuadorean national music, of CDs acquired by the Entity® and robbed of its ownership, including, artistic entities of England.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: eddiestjohns on October 11, 2009, 10:20:08 AM
Just my opinion, it's an eye sore.

Not only your opinion.  I would also call it vandalism.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on October 11, 2009, 11:42:07 AM
you bet. people also said that about haring and basquiat when they were doing their thing on the lower east side in the early '80s. criminals whose work is now dissected in art classes around the world. same was said of political propagandists who put their work up on public surfaces in the '20s. '30s and such.

Not only your opinion.  I would also call it vandalism.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Shelby2 on October 11, 2009, 12:18:58 PM
you bet. people also said that about haring and basquiat when they were doing their thing on the lower east side in the early '80s. criminals whose work is now dissected in art classes around the world. same was said of political propagandists who put their work up on public surfaces in the '20s. '30s and such.


Right, maybe one vandal among 50 million vandals becomes known as a famous artist.  The other 49+million vandals are just vandals, and cost the rest of us money when we have to clean up after them.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on October 11, 2009, 12:37:07 PM
somehow, this person strikes me as being different than the little boy -- of any age -- who writes his name on a building to prove he's a real man. forgive me for seeing shades of grey here. i think this person has something to say, and is making a real statement. i find it fascinating and see it as a cool thing. you see it as a mere annoyance. i respect your position and hope you would respect mine?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Really4rob on October 11, 2009, 04:11:18 PM
I am on the fence about it ...

I do think its more artistic than the typical graffiti ...
BUT
it is still vandalism ...
BUT
there's definitely an organization to it
BUT
it also proves the point that if someone can spend the 15 or 20+ minutes it takes to do that, in that time the post could also be covered with "For A Good Time, Call Gloria"
BUT
covering the post with that prevents the graffiti of the everyday variety ...

So the real issue(s) ...
1)  Who is doing it, what is the agenda?
2)  How are swatches of street unguarded/untravelled long enoughfor this to happen?

Short of finding a still clean post on a street, and webcaming it, I don't see how the erson would be caught anyhow, and the manpower diverted to that from investiagting the many broken windows. robberies, and more serious crimes.

So, again, I'm on the fence ...
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: liam0925 on October 11, 2009, 06:18:58 PM
Maybe they're prepping for a CSI NY episode.  reads like a clue only Detective Mac Taylor can solve!   :police:
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Shelby2 on October 12, 2009, 10:00:54 AM
A question for those who are more on the "this is intriguing" side rather than the "this is vandalism" side:

Does the fact that this guy is writing on only lampposts make a difference for you?  Would you feel differently if he were writing on:

-hoods of people's cars
-storefront windows
-sides of apartment buildings
-sides of subway cars
-front doors of private houses?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on October 12, 2009, 11:28:41 AM
well, assuming this is not a rhetorical question....

for all of the below-mentioned places, aside from subway cars, i would be upset to see graffiti or any other sort of alteration -- even a surreptitious fuchsia paint job -- because those are private property, not public places. none of us, individually, owns a lamppost, subway car, subway station or park bench. yes, each of us owns approximately one eight-millionth of every single public structure in the city, and each of us seems to have a different opinion as to what's acceptable use of those structures.

it's an interesting debate.

 


A question for those who are more on the "this is intriguing" side rather than the "this is vandalism" side:

Does the fact that this guy is writing on only lampposts make a difference for you?  Would you feel differently if he were writing on:

-hoods of people's cars
-storefront windows
-sides of apartment buildings
-sides of subway cars
-front doors of private houses?

Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: bellabella on October 12, 2009, 01:09:23 PM
It certainly is vandalism. I think it looks trashy as do the million of posters/fliers etc.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: username on October 12, 2009, 02:24:41 PM
Why is it that we don't seem to get so upset when we allow corporations paste their ugly advertisements on subway walls and on billboards but we do get upset when we have regular Joes write on a street lampposts? Why is it not considered vandalism when a street lamppost has a "sponsored by" or "presented by" but it's infuriating when someone posts an 'apt for rent' or 'for a good time call...'? Is it because those people are not paying to advertise? or is it because we are so full of it we think that just because we find something upsetting the masses have to find it upsetting too.

If you ask me, Times Square is full of "expensive" graffiti –the one paid for by corporations. Perhaps if the person who is writing those notes adds some tacky neon lights around his/her posts and ends them with "sponsored by Walt Disney" we will all be able to call Jackson Heights middle class? or "better" yet, an upscale neighborhood?  ::)
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: NYC Peromyscus on October 12, 2009, 04:01:47 PM
I think lots of people don't like the intrusion of advertising on public space.  Anybody here really like Times Square?!  But there isn't much we can do about it because so much money is involved, and much of that advertising actually resides on someone's private property.

Well, I guess you could vote for Reverend Billy for mayor!  The annual holiday Shopocalypse is just around the corner!  Testify!

http://voterevbilly.org/ (http://voterevbilly.org/)
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: jadasie on October 12, 2009, 04:24:57 PM
I find corporate advertising more offensive than graffiti: I'm assaulted by it more regularly and I resent a bottom-line dictating the use and value of public space. That said, I still don't find graffiti particularly inspiring. Even if we distinguish between ugly "tags" and the more skilled, laborious pieces, and within that camp only those which appear on public (or even commercial) property, proponents of graffiti are forced to defend public displays which meet the approval of no public body, and which so often promote little more than the writer's name within small, esoteric communities.

It might be nice, however, if before anti-graffiti crews can "buff" over a piece on public property, they must consult neighbors to see if they'd really like it removed.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: sulvndnr on October 12, 2009, 04:32:18 PM
Writing and posting on lampposts is much different from billboard posting. The lampost are city property. It is illegal to post on them. Personally I see it as trash and an eyesore. I feel this way especially when you have residents of the neighborhood giving of their time to take it down and clean it up.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: abee on October 12, 2009, 10:27:17 PM

2)  How are swatches of street unguarded/untravelled long enoughfor this to happen?


This is the part I'm fascinated about. There's so much writing, and it's so small that I can't imagine no one ever seeing him/her. I suppose if it's done late at night the people who would see this are the type who wouldn't say anything.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: JHICON on October 13, 2009, 10:25:26 AM
Too lazy to read the entire thread. I've actually seen the person who writes on the lamp post's and it isn't a child or teen. I greeted him, and he became frightened thinking that I was going to hurt him I told him not to worry that I meant no harm and I really don't care that he writes on the lamp posts. He only speaks Spanish nice guy, asked him some questions he just responded that his writing is about what people don't know, and he told me that he is from everywhere, when I asked him what country he is from. I just concluded to myself after the ten minute convo that he isn't exactly sane but than again who am i to diagnose some one.


Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Jeffsayyes on October 13, 2009, 09:48:28 PM
some great opinions on this thread. making me think.

all I know is that I like it. and I don't care for ads. Who is at fault for uglying the subways with ads? the mta or the marketers?

i wonder why people are so upset with lawbreakers sometimes. is it jealousy?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dr.ak on October 13, 2009, 09:50:35 PM
Yeah, what does it say?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Chuckster on October 13, 2009, 10:41:16 PM
Yeah, what does it say?

Marlene recently posted a good translation of what's written on one of the lampposts.  Scroll over to reply #20 in this thread to read it.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: eddiestjohns on October 14, 2009, 09:58:29 AM
all I know is that I like it. and I don't care for ads. Who is at fault for uglying the subways with ads? the mta or the marketers?

i wonder why people are so upset with lawbreakers sometimes. is it jealousy?

I agree the ads on subways aren't attractive but they bring the MTA money and the fares would be higher without them. 

I think people who don't like lawbreakers aren't jealous but are concerned with quality of life and safety issues.  Although I don't put rapes, robberies or murders in the same category as vandalism,  reckless or intoxicated driving or public urination, to me they are still crimes/violations and there needs to be enforcement against them.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: spartacus on October 14, 2009, 02:09:56 PM
I think the lamppost writing has an air of intrigue about it.  I find myself wondering about the person doing it.  Poet or madman? 

That said, it really isn't appropriate and isn't a desirable thing.  Interesting as it is, it is still defacing public property.

As time passes, the person doing this will either stop or move on.  The city will splash a coat of paint on the adorned  lampposts and the curious mystery of the Lamppost Writer will fade into memory.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: sl on October 15, 2009, 06:52:11 PM
some great opinions on this thread. making me think.

all I know is that I like it. and I don't care for ads. Who is at fault for uglying the subways with ads? the mta or the marketers?

i wonder why people are so upset with lawbreakers sometimes. is it jealousy?

Jealous of what exactly?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: AJ on October 21, 2009, 07:05:31 AM
This morning on my way to work 4:30 am I saw this man sitting on the sidewalk by a lamp post few feet from 35-36 76th Street (north/west of street).  I thought was a drunk/homeless person that fell asleep against the lamp pole, but turned out to be the man that have been writing around on the hood lamp post.  He was holding a magic marker and writing his soul away.  He really looks homeless.  He was wearing a dirty dark blue hooded jacket and a burgundy/red knitted cap.  He was acting very strange......perhaps because I saw him? :-\
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: JHICON on October 21, 2009, 10:11:05 AM
This morning on my way to work 4:30 am I saw this man sitting on the sidewalk by a lamp post few feet from 35-36 76th Street (north/west of street).  I thought was a drunk/homeless person that fell asleep against the lamp pole, but turned out to be the man that have been writing around on the hood lamp post.  He was holding a magic marker and writing his soul away.  He really looks homeless.  He was wearing a dirty dark blue hooded jacket and a burgundy/red knitted cap.  He was acting very strange......perhaps because I saw him? :-\

Yeap that was him.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Really4rob on October 21, 2009, 07:29:44 PM
Wonder if that's his cover .. imagine your getting chased by the police, after spreading your words of revolution.  You evade them by turning the corner and jumping under a comforter with other homeless folk.  After all, many ignore the homeless outright ... maybe that's part of his message.

OK, either day or it was laundry day?   ;D

DISCLAIMER:  I am not advocating vandalism, just whimsy.  Please don't turn this into political statement on my behalf.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: homeowner on October 22, 2009, 10:09:35 AM
The writing has now made it to a lamppost on 86th off 35th.  Where's my can of silver spray paint?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: Jeffsayyes on October 22, 2009, 07:14:17 PM
where's my marker?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: dssjh on October 22, 2009, 08:50:59 PM
right there with you jeff....and our sharpie-toting don qiuxote


where's my marker?
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: elyaqim on November 10, 2009, 06:21:26 PM
I encountered another one I don’t think we mentioned before: 33-45 72nd Street. When the author sometimes needs extra space, the text starts climbing the street lamp. I think this is the highest I have seen.

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Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: leoooog on November 11, 2009, 09:34:42 PM
Someone should stencil Reagan's face onto that green plywood wall outside the 74th Street station, along with a speech bubble reading: "Mr. Bloomberg, tear down this wall!" Or something like that.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: worldwidedeb on November 14, 2009, 08:02:03 PM
Vandalism is vandalism.

We live in a city with 8-1/2 million people. In order to live in a civilized manner, we need rules.

The difference between corporate advertising and graffiti is not an aesthetic one, it is a legal one. The corporation has permission to post their ads. The vandal does not.

I don't like all laws. Some I find ridiculous. But unless the law results in a human rights violation, I'm in favor of obeying the law. Ultimately the laws protect all of us. I for one would not want to see every inch of public property covered with the scrawlings of anyone who wanted to write anything on them.

Call me old-fashioned.
Title: Re: Writing on street lampposts
Post by: leoooog on November 15, 2009, 09:42:23 AM
Vandalism is vandalism.

And it's dangerous, too!

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