"You Are Here" Signs Are Coming To NYC

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Think the city isn't quite friendly enough to tourists yet?

The smokelessness and chain stores and malling and that gigantic staircase in Times Square aren't enough for the yahoos and dignitaries who might come here to spend a buck or maybe even a buck and a quarter?

Well, today's New York Times reports on signs that will start popping up -- to great expense -- alerting people as to where they are and what they're near (and naturally they contacted me, the ultimate New York navigator, for my thoughts on this phenomenon).

These alerts will surely be a tourist's best friend, especially when they're lost and no one else will talk to them.

The idea is that the signs could beef up pedestrian traffic and possibly lead the zombie parade into an actual place of business or two, even if it keeps them out of the subway system (which always claims it's hurting and needs more cash input, not less).

But to me, it's another slap in the face of us residents who know exactly where we're going and why.

I've finally figured the grid out, for chrissake. Please don't suddenly turn it into a board game for the unwashed!

Still, I tend to welcome the change, perversely enough.

Read the article and see why.



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Melinda9
Melinda9

I think the maps are a nice thing to do. The grid part of the city seems easy to me, but maybe if you don't know the order of the Avenues, it's hard. You might not get lost, but you could end up walking a lot and getting exhausted and falling out on the sidewalk.

tom
tom

Shouldn't there just be an app for that? Do we really need more signs in the city? Google maps is pretty much does this already.

Michael, loved ur comments about tourists in Times Square, but what are you doing there? Are you token Queen the midwesterners come to see?

Musto
Musto

I wonder who they later decide you are.

tony adams
tony adams

I like living in Disneyork. When I go out for coffee in flip flops and shades, the tourists think I am someone on television and must be photographed and identified later. Like a bug.

Natali
Natali

I like the idea because despite being born and raised (around the corner from) here, I can never find my way. I have this problem and I think it's a legit disorder, just one without a name. Anyway, I hate having to ask directions to places I've been plenty of times just because my mind is fucked up so maybe, hopefully, this will help. Then again, my mind can't seem to process maps and even has trouble with mall directories so...I don't know, I'm just so sick of being thought of as a tourist.

Jaja
Jaja

I don't really see the problem with signs that explain to people where they are. How could it hurt?

Gator
Gator

And once again New York's "edge" becomes obsolete.

Timmee
Timmee

Of G-d forbid, falling off the island into the East River while searching for the ferry to Governor's Island.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Times Square is where broadway shows are!

tony adams
tony adams

In Florida, they used to think I was Charlie Crist.

Melinda9
Melinda9

You do look like somebody.

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