Grammar Bust

The MTA’s Embarrassing ‘Dealncey’ Spelling Error

Posted January 7, 2021 at 5:07 am

This is a Queens-bound M train, the next stop is learning how to spell. An eagle-eyed observer riding the M train this week noticed that the Delancey Street/Essex Street station was completely misspelled. The embarrassing error – scrolling the onboard announcement display – read as “Dealncey.” How does this slip through? Misspellings of Delancey are […]

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No Left Turn Now in Effect at Essex and Delancey

Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:48 am

Yet another component of the Delancey Street safety plan is now in effect. That of the left turn from southbound Essex Street.

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Poll: “In” or “On” the Lower East Side?

Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

How do you refer to our beloved Lower East Side in conversation?


MTA Misspells “Bleecker Street” in New Ad Campaign

Last modified July 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Today in “things the MTA should know but doesn’t because they’re too cash-strapped to care.” How do you spell Bleecker?

Grammar Bust: Select Bus Service Ad Campaign

Posted October 25, 2010 at 6:33 am

Select Bus Service along the M15 route has been the talk of the town since its official roll-out two weeks ago.  New procedures, fresh bus lanes, and an army of pay-before-you-board sidewalk machines promise a quicker commute. Nevertheless, there remains some skepticism amidst this initial learning curve.  Hence, the influx of vested MTA helpers at […]

Well and Good on East Houston

Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, would be extremely happy with the grammar vigilante who marked up this flyer at the southeast corner of East Houston and Mulberry Street.  It’s all well and good, order has been restored to the universe.

Grammar Bust: Seaport Signage

Posted October 8, 2009 at 6:30 am

Dear South Street Seaport Mall (Pier 17), The phrase no smoking does not require quotation marks in this context.  We suggest replacing the sign before the grammar police arrive, subjecting yourself to further humiliation.  That is all. Yours Truly, Bowery Boogie P.S. For further reading, you should consult the book Eats, Shoot, and Leaves by […]

NYPD Alert: Residential Burglaries

Last modified March 29, 2017 at 11:10 pm

In the last few weeks, there has reportedly been an outbreak of residential burglaries in the Lower East Side.  As such, the NYPD recently papered the neighborhood with official bulletins, one of which hangs in the doorway of 244 East Houston.  The grammatically incorrect alert reads as follows: “For some of these burglaries, the perpetrator(s) […]

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Cemusa Busted (Again)

Last modified July 14, 2009 at 1:47 am

The folks at Cemusa need a lesson in our beloved city streets. Their inaccurately-labeled bus shelters are angering denizens left and right. First they mistakenly referred to the Bowery as a “street” [link], and then casually disregarded the last “s” in Frederick Douglass [link]. It’s enough already. In a further sign of disrespect, the Spanish-based […]