Good dumb morning America! I want to show you something I spied on my way to work.
Wait. Before I share it let me say I often get really annoyed with tourists in Manhattan who seem to stand on street corners and freeze. It makes getting places hard. Are they gawking? Did they get sleepy? Do they not realize people with jobs need to be somewhere?
And now I want to say I'm very very sorry. And you'll see why with my exclusive photo after the jump.
Check this out:
I guess I've been head down, plowing my way to wherever I need to go as fast as possible. But that sign is just making tourists look dumb. Most of New York City is easy to navigate because it's a grid. Avenues are north/south. Streets that are numbered run east/west.
But here a tourist doesn't have a chance. And here in Times Square is where it's kind of mega important. Travel + Leisure says Times Square is #1 on the World's Most Visited Tourist Attractions list bringing in over 39 million visitors annually.
The other sign says "Father Duffy Square" which tells you where you are but gives no clue about which way you should turn.
Here even someone who knows their avenues from their numbered streets doesn't have a chance. Not without a compass, a sherpa and the cell phone number of someone who can send a St. Bernard with a barrel full of whiskey around their neck because a sign like this will drive you to drink.
Unless this is part of some secret scheme Mayor Bloomberg has to make people linger so long they actually get hungry enough to buy one of those rat hot dogs from a cart?
In conclusion, NYC didn't do this (I assume), but it's crazy dumb not to fix it.