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Offline Chuckster

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Writing on street lampposts
« 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.
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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #1 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.....

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #3 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. 

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #4 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

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #6 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, if anyone wants to translate (though it would be an incomplete translation, as I did not get the whole thing).


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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2009, 10:24:39 AM »
I, for one, thank this vandal for making our lampposts somewhat more interesting.

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #9 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

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #10 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.

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #11 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:

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #12 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

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #13 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”: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

• “A Hell of a Town, part VII”: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.

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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.
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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 02:32:57 PM »
So can someone translate it?

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Re: Writing on street lampposts
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 02:32:57 PM »