I am planning a feature on a walk I undertook from Parkville to Brownsville, Brooklyn soon enough, but here is a curiosity I couldn’t keep to myself for too long: the presence of extremely large streets signs on a stretch of Kings Highway in East Flatbush, from Beverl(e)y Road to Tilden Avenue. These signs have been up for 25 or 30 years in a few spots. All will be sacrificed sooner or later to the edict for caps-lower case street signs, which will likely be regulation-sized.
Larger street signs have been hung from guy-wired stoplights (a practice apparently copied from the West Coast especially Los Angeles) but the size of these lamppost-borne signs is surprising, if you’re not used to them.
The reason for them can only be surmised but at one time, the Department of Transportation may have been doing a pilot program with larger signs on busy roads such as Kings Highway that have synchronized stoplights.
In any case, I like them, so I wish their reach could have been expanded.