Friday, December 28, 2007

Tree pit advertising

The latest use for tree pits is for posting fast food ads on stakes. These beauties are on Grand Avenue near 69th Street.

10 comments:

ken said...

on the Maspeth Christmas tree post down below somebody said Federal Savings bank, which owns the tree, might hang ads on it in the near future. Not so far fetched, considering this tree pit advertising. Egad, what's the World coming to?!

rick said...

The Dept of Sanitation has been pretty good at responding to 311 calls about this, according to C.A.G.E. (Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere). Call 311 with the exact address that this tree is in front of. Report it as an illegally posted sign on a tree.

If this is part of a bigger problem in the area, compile a list before you call them in. The sanitation agents love that, 'cause they can file reports on all of them at one time, saving time, making it easier for themselves, PLUS they will also remove the signs. Best of both worlds for everyone.

Taxpayer said...

Thank you, Rick. In the meantime, interpret each such poster as a "Boycott Me" ad.

Also, boycott the Arizona drink after seeing how they pasted their ad onto the blue newspaper box. Even after snow, salt, rain and wind, the shredded remnants of that poster will be with us for years to come.

Rick, isn't it correct that "stickers" such as this count as graffiti? If so, Arizona drinks should be fined for each day that the sticker remains.

Anonymous said...

The Dept of Sanitation has been pretty good at responding to 311 calls about this, according to C.A.G.E. (Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere). Call 311 with the exact address that this tree is in front of. Report it as an illegally posted sign on a tree.

An excellent solution! Readers take note - Please use 311 jam the lines with all complaints especially about illegal resdential conversions,building violations, grafitti and such as the latest - littering trees with advertisments. Be an activist - use what you learn in Crappy's blog to empower yourself against creeping elements that strip away at your quality of life and your rights.

verdi said...

Whether your dog shits in it....
or somebody drops their stinking ads there....
crap is crap!

Anonymous said...

The last time I stood in front of a urinal
and took a pee in a Manhattan restaurant....
there was an ad staring me squarely in the face....
right at eye level.

I guess the inner door of the stall
would be the next spot to place an ad
to assault a crapper
who's quietly seated on the bowl.

Nah...scratch that last one.....
it would be competing with a newspaper
the crapper might be reading.

rick said...

taxpayer said, "isn't it correct that "stickers" such as this count as graffiti?"

Probably not. The owner of the store (and the one who keeps that newspaper box out there) may have placed it there himself. If it's private property, you need a complainant. If the owner of the property says it's okay with him, who is Sanitation to argue with him?

Now, about that newspaper box...is it really all that legal to place a private box out there? I understand why it's there, because bundles of newspapers that are delivered before the store opens up are sometimes stolen....but isn't that technically an obstruction?

By the way, Sanitation has a new law available to them. You know those clothing boxes you see all over the place? If it's on public property, DOS will place an orange sticker on it, giving the owner 20 (or 30, can't remember) days to respond to show that it's actually on private property, or to remove it. If they don't, DOS removes it and recycles the steel.

Cool, huh?

Unfortunately, in the Bellerose area, one clothing box owner has been placing his boxes in the parking lots of merchants that have NOT given permission, like Pizza Hut and Blockbuster Video, and it takes many phone calls to get rid of the boxes.

Also, did you know that the vast majority of these boxes are a scam? Very few of them collect clothes for donation to the poor. Most of them resell the clothes to flea markets and used clothing stores.

ken said...

speaking of clothing boxes I recently saw something suspicious. A guy with a flashlight was removing stuff from green one by a supermarket at 9pm at night. Would any legitimate charity organization send someone out at that hour to collect clothes?

Anonymous said...

"Now, about that newspaper box...is it really all that legal to place a private box out there?"

If you apply to DOT and get a permit for it, it's legal.

Anonymous said...

Be they stickers or giant billboards....
any ads that are placed to assault the eye
are nothing less than
CORPORATE GRAFITTI !