Urban Etiquette

Here Are Some Lessons for All the Novice New Yorkers Out There [VIDEO]

Last modified March 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

Fresh off the boat newcomers to New York City are forced to learn fairly quickly about the way things work in this town. It’s a science, as any longtime denizen will tell you. There is proper protocol for every bit of minutia from subway etiquette to walking the sidewalks and hailing cabs. Volumes (or videos) […]

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Cafe Katja Klepto Yanks Table from Orchard Street Entrance

Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:03 am

Apparently, some klepto yanked a small table from outside Cafe Katja. The restaurant is obviously not pleased, and penned this rather subdued little note to the thief. It’s posted to some of the light poles near the Orchard Street entrance. The gist of the letter is, basically, don’t fuck with Katja. Attention Table Thief Hey, […]

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Watch Your Step in Front of Prohibition Bakery on Clinton Street

Posted February 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

Usually when urban etiquette signage leads off with the phrase, “we’re all adults here,” there’s bound to be something great in tow. In this case, we turn to the boozy Prohibition Bakery at 9 Clinton Street. This handwritten caution sign is taped to the front door. We’re all adults here. You know that snow and slush […]

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153 Ludlow Not the Best Place to Deposit ‘Body Wastes’

Posted October 1, 2013 at 6:00 am

One fact of life about living in the heart of Hell Square is that drunken bar-goers will urinate or defecate in your doorway. So it’s never too surprising when handwritten urban etiquette signs appear as a first line of defense. The one in question today resides by the entrance of 153 Ludlow Street. The twenty-five […]

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Stop Kidnapping the Plants Outside Joy’s Flowers on Hester

Posted September 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

Joy’s Flowers and Gifts opened in the spring of 2012, and became a most welcome establishment. There’s a shortage of quality florists in the neighborhood, and this spot at 40 Hester Street fits the bill. Joy will outfit your apartment with all the greenery you might need, even if the tenement gets little to no […]

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Hotel on Rivington Bows to Community Pressure with Etiquette Street Signage

Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

To be honest, our first impression was that artist Jay Shells was behind the new signs.

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Artist Illustrates NYC Tips and Etiquette in GIF Format [PHOTOS]

Posted March 28, 2013 at 6:10 am

Obsessing about urban etiquette in New York City is nothing new.

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New Delancey Plaza Prohibits the Following Activities

Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

Speaking of Delancey Plaza, the semi-permanent “park space” has officially been christened by the Department of Transportation.

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

Last modified January 4, 2013 at 6:18 am

The signs are everywhere, yet people disobey. Don’t feed the pigeons!

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Streets

Post-It Letter to Grand Street 7-Eleven

Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

Sometimes the simplest messages come across the strongest. Like a Post-It note on a Seward Park storefront.

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