The Corner of Bro and Sex on the Lower East Side
Posted on: April 10th, 2019 at 5:03 am by Elie
In today’s edition of streetside wordplay, we head over to the intersection of Broome and Essex Streets. Right at the doorstep of Essex Crossing.
Thanks to a little bit of green spray paint, this is apparently the corner of “Bro” and “Sex.”
A vandal blocked out the remaining letters on the traffic signs. It’s the above-ground equivalent of the corrupted Wet Paint flyers that litter the subways.
Seems appropriate for an area where bros are constantly on the prowl.
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