Hey, You're Walking Here: Guerrilla Etiquette Artist Takes to the Streets

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Oh, if only. (Photo by Kate Hinds)

In the grand tradition of turning annoyance into art (remember Honku?), street signs -- bearing the imprimatur of the "Metropolitan Etiquette Authority" -- have begun appearing on some New York City corners.

The signs are the work of Jason Shelowitz -- also known as Jay Shells. He's also the designer behind last year's rogue subway etiquette campaign, in which official-looking posters appeared in subway stations, reminding  passengers to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and to be courteous when exiting and entering a subway car ("it's called being aware of your surroundings, try it out!")

The sign pictured above is currently (at least until a city agency removes it) on the corner of Varick Street and Van Dam Street, which is on the fringes of the heavily trafficked Soho neighborhood. (Yes, Soho, where the sidewalks creak with map-wielding, bag-encumbered tourists, and even the most tolerant New Yorker has entertained uncharitable thoughts about the behavior of our fellow walkers.)

Shelowitz has three other signs in addition to the one above. You can see the designs on his Etsy page -- where he sells them in order to fund his street etiquette campaign.