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March 25, 2013 2:08 PM   Subscribe

Street signs at NYC intersections featuring rap lyrics about them.
posted by dry white toast (27 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
At first I thought the signs were photoshopped in, but the last slide makes it clear that these are real signs, so that's pretty cool. It would be interesting to see the photos juxtaposed with how the intersections looked when the lyrics were written. I'm sure some of them look much different.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 2:23 PM on March 25, 2013


Considering the confluence of Hoyt & Schermerhorn and hip-hop in this FPP, I have to say I still find it really, really weird to see a Shitload of White People every time the G pulls up at that station.
posted by griphus at 2:30 PM on March 25, 2013


Also, there is something hilarious about having the Target take up the entirety of the Flatbush junction photo.
posted by griphus at 2:33 PM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


106 and Park pushing a Benz ... never thought about it like that.
posted by penduluum at 2:42 PM on March 25, 2013


I'm pretty sure "106th & Park" is a reference to having his Video on the old BET show
posted by JPD at 2:46 PM on March 25, 2013


Not a corner, but certainly immortalized ...

"I'm at the pizza hut.
I'm at the taco bell.
I'm at the combination pizza hut and taco bell.

Jamaica Avenue. Jamaica Avenue. Jama..."
posted by zippy at 3:07 PM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I know New Yorkers don't need to be told that New York City is awesome, but New York City is awesome.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:25 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I suppose 53rd & 3rd is some sort of chopped meat product.
posted by item at 3:34 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I suppose 53rd & 3rd is some sort of chopped meat product

Eh so yeah that nabe has changed a little bit.
posted by JPD at 3:51 PM on March 25, 2013


Please tell me somebody has used Seaman and Cumming in a song.
posted by TrialByMedia at 3:54 PM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Speaking of intersections that have changed a bit:

I think I thought I seen her on 8th and forty-deuce
posted by pernoctalian at 4:07 PM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I know New Yorkers don't need to be told that New York City is awesome

This is the most profound understatement I have ever read.
posted by brennen at 4:10 PM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I kid, I kid. Carry on.
posted by brennen at 4:11 PM on March 25, 2013


This is really cool. Some of these street art projects seem to work more for the edification of the artist or for the folks playing along at home, but this is the sort of thing that if I came across it in the wild, would make me feel a great sense of connection, place, and history.
posted by threeants at 4:15 PM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I came to ask what TrialByMedia asked. Inwood represent.
posted by gusandrews at 4:28 PM on March 25, 2013


I'm pretty sure "106th & Park" is a reference to having his Video on the old BET show

That's what I'm saying, that's what I always assumed. I never thought about the show title as corresponding to an actual intersection.
posted by penduluum at 7:12 PM on March 25, 2013


There's gotta be a Beastie Boys lyric that fits the bill somewhere in their catalogue, right?
posted by dry white toast at 8:41 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is great, thanks dry white toast
posted by rossmeissl at 8:43 PM on March 25, 2013


a Shitload of White People

Capitalized and everything! My new Favorite Phrase.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:43 PM on March 25, 2013


Where it all started was, maybe...

Gonna be standin' on the corner
of 12th Street and Vine...

That wasn't NYC of course, it was Kansas City.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:47 PM on March 25, 2013


There's gotta be a Beastie Boys lyric that fits the bill somewhere in their catalogue, right?

I think her name was Lucy cuz they all called her loose
I think I thought I saw her on 8th and forty-deuce

(speaking of neighborhoods changing...)
posted by eddydamascene at 9:46 PM on March 25, 2013


I think I thought

Love the Beaties.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:32 PM on March 25, 2013


Heh, just noticed that pernoctalian posted the same lyrics five hours ago, including the same observation about how much Times Square has changed. TONIGHT I BRING THE "A" GAME
posted by eddydamascene at 10:48 PM on March 25, 2013


53rd and Third has changed way more than 42nd and Eighth.
posted by JPD at 4:32 AM on March 26, 2013


...but up on Lexington and 125th, you can definitely still find yourself sick and dirty, more dead than alive. That neighborhood hasn't changed much at all.
posted by item at 4:56 AM on March 26, 2013


53rd and Third has changed way more than 42nd and Eighth.

Umm... I don't think that's correct. 42nd and Eighth was Sodom and Gomorrah, man. It was heavy. So, I gotta wonder, from how far back are you thinking? Cause I'm thinking the late 70s and early 80s. And if that's your time frame, it has changed.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:24 AM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


42nd and 8th still has pockets (teeny tiny pockets) of the 80's sleeze. Maybe more so on 9th, like Port 41 and what not. I mean yeah its massively cleaned up, but the Port Authority is still there. Its basically the only area of NYC below the top of the Park you have to remotely pay attention to.

53rd and 3rd is fucking citicorp center now. Its smack dab in the middle of corporatelandia.
posted by JPD at 1:37 PM on March 26, 2013


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