Have you been to the street corner at the north end of Beach Avenue? You’re not alone. Every block, upon entering Williamsburg, reveals a row of flags.
Etched in white chalk over the centre line, the signs are every human being who has passed through the area in recent years. The neighbourhood is home to both new and long-term residents who have had to deal with the mess, graffiti and other heavy-handedness that comes with living in New York City’s bustling and chaotic second district.
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In recent months, however, the wooden box hanging on the triangle at the intersection of Beach and Narrows Avenue has become the latest target for the neighbourhood’s antagonistic residents. First, a muraling team with the caption ‘Welcome To Williamsburg’ left a rambling document on the wooden shell. One simple line made on the wall was blotted with graffiti: “Ran low on code that needed fixing.”
A few months later, travellers passing by also seem to be offended by the wood’s appearance, leaving signed notes and even a plea with “hugs and handshakes” inside a thin paper rectangle. Some note: “Ask me if I am a mayor of New York City or not,” while others ask: “Can we demolish it?”
Given what is in the package above and the numerous murals currently adorning the once blighted street, there seems little option but to tear down the wooden box entirely.