A Bible-Believing Church


This is a very strong contender for “statements of the bleeding obvious.” Unless I’m missing something. “A Bible-Believing Church.” Is there really any other kind?


October 30, 2007. Tags: , . Divine Signs. 1 comment.

The Many Uses of Duct Tape


I love this creative window display in Mayday Hardware on Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights. Is there something of the American “can do” spirit in a sign boasting that this is just one of “the many uses of duct tape”?

October 27, 2007. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Wanted: Stylist With Following


This sign in a hair salon on 7th Avenue in Park Slope seems like an unusual request: a stylist with following. I can just imagine the interview:

“I see you’ve been a stylist for five years now…And would you say over that time you’ve developed a following?

…That’s great. And how big would you say your following is? Because we really are looking for someone with a sizable following to, you know, fill the place up a bit.”

October 9, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Making Jesus Famous


You could probably write a blog focused entirely on church signs and never run out of content. This church marquee on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope caught my attention because it seemed a particularly American desire to even want to make Jesus “famous.” In Britain, churches concentrate on boasting of Jesus’ amazing powers of healing and redemption. Here, it’s more like the Hollywood effect, with the marquee giving the church’s claim a movie-theater like feel. Isn’t Jesus famous enough already?

October 6, 2007. Tags: . Divine Signs. 1 comment.

You Need a Key To Get In


I don’t know if I walked around London with my eyes closed but everywhere I go in New York I see interesting signs. Perhaps the English tendency towards tidiness means fewer people are tempted to stick something on their door or window or car? Or perhaps, being an immigrant to the city I just notice more?

I take endless inspiration from the signs I see. I like to think about who wrote them and why, what it says about this time and this place. Is this sign on a door, on Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, instructing people to use a key necessary? And why did they underline the word “IN”? Is it to reinforce the fact that you don’t need a key to get out?

I hope to explore this theme further on Signs of Life, to highlight the number of interesting signs in New York, and, perhaps, to read your thoughts on why people write the things they do.

October 4, 2007. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.