ForgottenFan Ed Wendell alerted me that there were some classic white-and-blue Queens signs turning up in Richmond Hill, relics of the on-location shooting for Men In Black 3, part of which was situated in 1969. Ed sent along some photos of the signs, one of which is shown here.
As you can see they’re decals placed on top of the regulation green and white signs. It’s surprising the Department of Transportation hasn’t removed them, and I’m likely dooming them by showing them here. There’s nothing NYCDOT likes more than uniformity — you can go to other towns and see decades-old street signage, but not here.
I applaud the MIB3 set designers — they got the Pantone colors right, as the signs are actually off-white, not pure white, and the blue stripes on the top and bottom were there too. They used the Highway Gothic font of the original signs — most set dressers can’t be bothered to get the fonts right. I would say the type on the 110th Street sign is a bit small but otherwise, good job.
However, these lampposts were introduced in the 1980s and in 1969, Jamaica Avenue had ‘dwarf’ versions of regulation octagonal poles there. Would have been a lot of $$$ to recreate that, though.