I've got a stack of Post-its and a Sharpie,

and I'm on a mission to re-postrophe New York City.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

i'd like to buy an "i"

I took this picture on the corner of 9th Ave and 41st Street, and I have to admit, I was afraid to put the post-it.  Every worker from this shop came out to glare at me, and I wasn't sure of the reprecussions of correcting their grammar.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

fook spelling...

Sent in by a reader on the corner of Canal and Mott...I think that there are no words for this.  I'm afraid to explore Chinatown on my own for this project - I may never get out.  But you, readers, by all means go ahead.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

togo party!

Sent in by a reader and fellow English teacher in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Monday, April 19, 2010

the hills are alive...

I can hear him saying it now with his thick Russian accent on 20th Ave and 85th Street in Brooklyn, and I just can't help but wonder about printing companies and their lack of morals.

I didn't even get enjoyment out of this one.  Really.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

if she were a real psychic, she would have seen it coming,

I really cannot understand how a printing company has the audacity to do this. I blame them for this one, not Honeybee on Ave C between E3rd and E4th in Alphabet City.

I probably should have corrected "walk in" too, but I got nervous.  She was watching me through the window with her psychic eyes and I was afraid she was going to come out and chase me.  She must know where I live.

Is Sud a name?

Attention!  This is very serious!  Sud...if you are out there, and you own a laundromat on 8th Ave and 16th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, please contact me as soon as possible!

Otherwise...I think this sign is wrong, as does the reader who sent it in to me.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


While there are many things wrong with this sign, I have made a rule that I will not correct words in other languages.  Somehow, I feel like that would be wrong.

 I know it's hard to see, so here is a close up of my target for this morning.

Seriously 7A? I love you, and your East Village corner, but your English teacher really sucked.

re: you missed something

It seems like they had the right idea on Atlantic Avenue and Court Street in Brooklyn, but maybe the printer left out the apostrophe and thought no one would notice.  Someone should call and tell them.

I stopped a young man who appeared taller than he was, and asked him to jump up with my apostrophe.  He kind of missed, but in the process his phone fell out of his pocket and broke. I felt bad making him try again, after he missed for the second time.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

and so it was written...

I was pretty impressed by the signs at Kingsborough Community College...except for this posting:

I know the grammar in the bible is a bit confusing, but I think that God is pretty clear on possessions.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

supa spella!

Courtesy of a reader...found in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

corner not fine

How much did you pay that printing company, Discount Liquor on the corner of Avenue A and East 4th Street?  The huge apostrophe must have cost extra.
How does one get a Post-it up there?   Apparently, all a girl needs is a friend who can jump high, hang from an air conditioner grate, and reach with extra-long monkey arms.  Nice.
and it says...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

strongholded by Starbucks

I went into the Starbucks on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and found by the counter, a sign which read:
Two Mom's in the Raw
Try their snacks!
I tried to take a picture of this printed sign, and was told it was not permitted. I did anyway, and was forced to delete the picture from my camera and thrown out! I immediately googled this company to find out whose English teacher actually sucked. Was it the Moms'? Was it Starbucks'? I wrote this company an email, explaining who I am and how Starbucks misrepresented their grammatical skills. We'll see if they write back.
Hey Starbuck's...
I doubt you'd like it if I gave you an apostrophe.

Friday, April 9, 2010

beefy disappointment

After being thrown so rudely out of Starbucks, I was granted a reprieve. The sun shone proudly on Mr. Beef, directly across the street on 86th between 19th and 20th Ave in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Two misused apostrophes at once! Oh Mr. Beef, is this why you had to shut down?

While standing there, gazing at the beautiful awning, I wished with all of my might for what every girl needs. A freakishly tall person willing to stick a post-it on an awning. As luck has it, a train had just arrived and a young man walking down from the platform was more than willing to oblige. A little off center, but you can't irk the wish granters.

and it says...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010