Archive for the ‘Signs’ Category

What’s Your Sign?

Michael Smith, Guest Contributor | August 6, 2013 in Department of Transportation,Signs | Comments (12)

 

Photograph A (green standard)

NEW YORK CITY’S STREET NAME SIGNS:
HOW AND WHY THEY VARY IN COLOR, SHAPE, SIZE AND CONTENT

Currently in New York City, there are approximately 250,000 street name signs.  Most have white text on green backgrounds and are otherwise uniformly designed (see Photograph A).  But, have you noticed that there are numerous variations in NYC’s street name signs?  Some signs, for example, have brown backgrounds; others blue; and yet others black.  Some signs are illuminated and some contain images.  Other variations in signage concern capitalization and font style.  If you have noticed these variations, have you also wondered about the meaning behind them?

This piece discusses the regulations behind the design of NYC’s street name signs, and among other things, why many of the street name signs in use today will be replaced over the next several years.

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Old Glory, Stars and Stripes and Zoning

Mitch Korbey, Partner, Herrick's Land Use Group | July 3, 2012 in Signs,Zoning | Comments (10)

It is appropriate that in this, the 51st year of our Zoning Resolution – and the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812 and our national anthem – that we point out that the American Flag – indeed any flag is a sign, under the City’s Zoning Resolution.  (more…)