I came across your website on the Gothamist. I am a Manhattan resident who moved from Queens a few years ago. I am working on a project in which I walk the streets of Queens ...
I have noticed an enormous amount of what I call “Visual Pollution” by local business and other business to post placards signs etc. on city property (e.g. bus stop poles, telephone poles, traffic poles).
The attachments represent some of the pictures I have taken while walking around Long Island City around Van Dam Street/Borden Avenue/Midtown Queens Express. I have other pictures in Astoria, Sunnyside & Woodside but I have seen this defacing of public property by businesses throughout Queens and the other boroughs. These signs are significant eye-sores.
In my mind, there is no difference between these signs and graffiti. I believe both are illegal but all the attention has been on graffiti while there seems be no action against these visual polluters who are getting a free ride. At least these businesses provide there name, telephone number and sometimes location which would make it easy to track them down to remove the signs and be fined.
Thought this would of interest to you and your readers.
Thanks, George. Notice that this is being perpetrated in many cases by nationwide chains who don't see any problem with blighting the streetscape with their cheap ads. More cost effective than buying an illegal billboard, I guess. The City could make a mint by fining these companies, but instead they pick on the little guy all the time. - QC