Monday, July 25, 2011

DOT Misspells Street Sign, Then Installs it in Wrong Borough

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Ummm....
  • Ummm....
One evening, my girlfriend and I were walking down Fifth Avenue, by Sunset Park, when a tourist asked us for directions. He was looking for a hotel near Times Square, and didn't understand he was in the wrong borough—and thus in the wrong grid of Forty-Something streets. Turns out that tourist went on to land a job with the department of transportation, as the city agency recently had the same problem.

A stretch of 40th Street in Brooklyn, near Sunset Park, was renamed Finlandia Street in 1991, to honor a time when the neighborhood boasted a significant Finnish population (and part of the community was called "Finn Town"). When someone recently called 311 to report that the Finlandia Street sign had gone missing, the department of transportation set out to rectify the situation. Except they went to the wrong borough. And misspelled the name on the sign.

A sign for "Filandia Street" mysteriously appeared on the corner of Seventh Avenue and W. 40th Street in Manhattan last week, the Times reports, mystifying neighbors and passersby. It was removed by Friday, and should turn up in Brooklyn soon—maybe even with correct spelling!

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Henry Stewart

  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    From a Argentinean movie you'll maybe never get another chance to see, to the first really long Lav Diaz movie.
    • Oct 15, 2014
  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    Brando does Shakespeare, Hou does history, Capra does populism and Georgian cinema re-does Stalin.
    • Oct 8, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • 4 Art Exhibits You Need to See

    In which Francesco Clemente appears with Nas and Patti Smith, and in which certain picks are prefaced by anti-picks.
    • Oct 9, 2014
  • The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

    Brando does Shakespeare, Hou does history, Capra does populism and Georgian cinema re-does Stalin.
    • Oct 8, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared Stories

Top Viewed Stories

Top Topics in The Measure

Film (15)


Art (5)


Music (4)


© 2014 The L Magazine
Website powered by Foundation