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Only in New York, Folks, Only in New York

Written on December 1, 2011

“Curbside Haiku,” is a new safety education and art campaign instituted by the New York City Department of Transportation.  Apparently there are 144 of these haiku signs posted around the city, aimed to help us with pedestrian traffic safety.

I don’t know about you, but I think there’s  more of a likelihood that I’d get hit by a car as I stop to unravel the meaning in these  haikus than if there was a direct message.

I like that the DOT is using art as a medium, and I like the graphics, but as for these haikus in high volume traffic areas promoting safety…..what do you think?  Helpful?

See them large, here.



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  1. Comment by paula:

    Thanks for sharing. Let me guess: 1% for the Arts project?

    Row 2, #2. Dressed in all black, like 80% of all New Yorkers. What’s your point?

    Row 3, #2. Living in the Pacific Northwest, where tsunami warning signs are common, I would assume that New York City was about to go under water.

    December 1, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  2. Comment by Allison:

    If you look at the DOT website, they have a list where all the signs are located, and a high % are near museums, so I guess they’re only trying to promote art among people who already appreciate it. I too find the “if you wear black you’ll be mowed down by a bus” warning especially amusing, Paula – and even more so given that it’s only posted near places like the NY Transit Museum and Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which are no doubt the locations that attract the highest number of black-clad people in all of NYC.

    Those snarky comments out of my system, I actually do love the graphics and haiku, and applaud efforts to use art in this way. I agree, Stephen, that their potential for actually preventing accidents at known high-risk spots is probably minimal!

    December 1, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  3. Comment by paula:

    Allison, thanks for the added info about where these are posted. that is pretty funny.

    ok, one more, as long as Stephen indulges us by leaving this blog post up. ^^

    row 3 #1: point this one toward the nearest Indian casino. that’s all i have to say.

    has anyone scanned the QR codes on these? i can only imagine what comes up… sonnets? tone poems?

    December 2, 2011 @ 8:28 pm