Tourist vs New Yorker Sidewalk Stunt Outed as Improv Everywhere

Posted on: June 8th, 2010 at 4:38 pm by

Thanks to Mashable, we now know who was behind the Tourist vs. New Yorker sidewalk stunt.  These lines were drawn across Manhattan, but most notably in the Lower East Side.  Fittingly, it was the ingenious folks at Improv Everywhere.

At today’s Mashable Media Summit, Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd revealed that he and “Self-Appointed City Planner” Jeff Greenspan were both behind the gag.

“I had been placing them around the East Village and Lower East Side for about a month before I ran into Charlie Todd from Improv Everywhere,” Greenspan told us. “He was collaborating with the ad agency I work at and we started talking about our personal projects. When he heard about my lanes, he thought it would great to combine street art with performance art, and add a theatrical and participatory element to it.”

And Greenspan’s inspiration for the chalk art is quite understandable.

And what was Greenspan’s initial inspiration for the fabled lanes? “After being stuck behind one too many pieces of rolling luggage, and hundreds of camera-wielding human pylons, I decided to take action on behalf of all New Yorkers. I hope I have helped in some small way.”

Recent Stories

Photo: Eater
‘Mission Cantina’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Mission Cantina – chef David Bowien’s kitchen chameleon at 172 Orchard Street – is reportedly donezo. The three-year-old restaurant has been closed of late, its Caviar page deleted, and phone line disconnected. Patrons have also shared their farewells on social media over the last week. Bowien’s luck on Orchard Street hasn’t been the best. You’ll […]

van-gogh-mural-7th-stb9022
Clayton’s Corner: Around and Around the LES [PHOTOS]

I walk and a nod around the community, taking in the odd smile and moments of lamenting. First, there’s Michael Lydon, a musician player for a number of years on the street with the 9th Street Stampers; he lives on 9th Street… …And here’s the legendary Sock Man, who’s returned with a new location 99 […]

Photo: Commend
‘Commend’ Record Shop Introduces Collaboration Effort on Forsyth Street

Just a little over a year after Salvor Projects’ shuttering, a record store-meets-community space has filled the void at 172 Forsyth Street. Commend is the physical manifestation of record label RVNG, and has recently started a series of artist collaborative efforts. The latest being “COMMEND See.” COMMEND See is an endeavor that identifies artists working in different […]

Photo: Cooper Square Committee
Toledano Tenants Hold Banks Accountable for ‘Predatory Lending’ to Slumlords

Predatory Equity: the harmful practice of investing equity to buy rental apartment buildings at inflated prices. Predatory equity investors calculate that they can replace poor and working people with new tenants willing to pay much higher rents—thus bringing higher profits in a hurry. Utilizing predatory equity is one of the main tools in the slumlord […]

232eastbroadway-painted
Sorry, Flight of the Conchords, Your New Zealand Consulate will be Demolished

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Bret (present) and Jemaine (present), but there won’t be any more band meetings with Murray at 232 East Broadway. Yup, your (fictitious) New Zealand Consulate (in HBO’s beloved cult series “Flight of The Conchords“) will soon be razed. You’ll need to find a new location for those Flight of […]