Monday, February 4, 2013

Don't Honk: Here's Your Sign

New York City has come to the same conclusion that its residents did long ago: no honking signs do nothing to stop the honking.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the city is taking down all of the "Don't Honk" signs, and there could be none left by the end of the year. Some say that'll ease the roadside clutter, others contend the city is just giving in.

And so it is. But let's admit it: it was a lost cause.

You don't have to be in Manhattan to hear honking in both the middle of the night and the middle of the day. It happens right here in Bay Ridge. Honestly, it's only those 4 a.m. honks that are annoying nowadays. All the others are just background noise, the price your ears pay for living in a vibrant, densely packed city.

The futility of the signs was something Paul and I understood even before we officially became residents. When a real estate agent was driving us from apartment to apartment in the neighborhood, Paul pointed out that the signs really didn't seem to be enforced.

That was an understatement. According to the Times, only 206 summonses were issued last year for "unnecessary use of horn." Of course, I'm sure all drivers would say that their use of the horn was certainly necessary. Certainly.

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