Photo by: thelodownny.com.
Well that was fast. Yesterday afternoon we posted a photo from TLD contributor Erin Rodriguez showing a really embarrassing spelling error in a “school crossing” sign painted on Stanton Street, right in front of Marta Valle High School. The Post picked up (stole) the story this morning and the rest of the media (mainstream and otherwise) followed suit. Turns out the city (and/or its contractors) are capable of working quickly when sufficiently humiliated. A few moments ago, we walked by the school. The “SHCOOL X-NG” lettering is no more. As you can see, they only bothered to replace the “C” and the “H.” But we won’t quibble. At least they fixed it.
Photo by Erin Egan Rodriguez.
The Post (without attribution) picked up on an item we reported yesterday about the embarrassing spelling error painted on the asphalt outside the Marta Valle School. TLD contributor Erin Rodriguez sent us the photo you see above, after noticing that “school x-ng” had mistakenly been spelled “shcool x-ing.”
An unnamed city official told the tabloid that the Department of Transportation was not responsible for the error. Over the summer, contractors had apparently made repairs to utilities beneath the street. According to the official, private contractors were responsible for patching up the roadway and repainting signage when they were finished. A DOT spokesman, also unnamed, said, “We are contacting them (the utility company) to correct the error promptly.”
Reporters Jennifer Bain and Jeanne Macintosh also pointed fingers at the administration of Marta Valle High School, although they couldn’t get through to the principal. Incidentally, city contractors are not the only ones who struggle with spelling. In the Post story, Bain and Macintosh report the “humiliating” error was spotted on “Station Street.” Uh, did you mean STANTON Street, guys?