Jay Shells’ Metropolitan Etiquette Authority Says Don’t Feed the Pigeons

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 at 6:18 am by

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The signs are everywhere, yet people disobey. Don’t feed the pigeons! Here on the Lower East Side, it’s not uncommon to see piles of discarded foods early in the morning – everything from uncooked rice to stale bread crusts. The southeast corner of Bowery and Delancey is a chronic offender.

In swoops street artist Jay Shells to the rescue. Sort of. The creative mastermind behind the comical urban etiquette campaign – Metropolitan Etiquette Authority – has a new traffic sign in the works. It shows an elderly person tossing crumbs onto the sidewalk with the slogan, “Please Stop!” Yes, don’t feed the pigeons.

And if you spot one of these signs around the neighborhood, send us a shot.

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