Now At Jerzy Popieluszko Square: No Vulgarians Allowed

During my peregrinations today I happened upon this rather noticeable* and clearly not Parks Department issue bit of signage at Jerzy Popieluszko Square. Having some working knowledge of Polish (Okay: I know “nie” means “no”. As for “walgaryzuj”, well, I have a very strong suspicion as to what that means!) I inferred this sign is prohibiting something. But what? To this end I inquired of a Polish friend of mine what gives. Without further ado, here it is:

Respect this place
Be civil
Do not litter
Do not drink (NOTE: no specific beverage is indicated)
Do not be vulgar

My interpreter went on to add that the Polish pressed into service is rather unusual. E.g.; this copy was probably drafted in English and translated into Polish (as opposed to using conventional, conversational Polish as spoken in Poland). In any case, mind your manners fellow Garden Spotters… (WARNING/CAVEAT: the following clip contains “language” so do not listen to it at work unless you want a visit from the H.R. Department.)

or else!

In the interest of fair and balanced reporting (and for my friends in Great Britain) you can (READ: should) watch Archie’s retort by clicking here.

*READ: hideous

Comments

6 Comments on Now At Jerzy Popieluszko Square: No Vulgarians Allowed

  1. rutila on Tue, 22nd May 2012 6:26 pm
  2. “Is this k-k-k-Ken coming to k-k-k-kill me?”

  3. missheather on Tue, 22nd May 2012 7:49 pm
  4. Nice! 🙂 I have updated my post accordingly.

  5. missheather on Tue, 22nd May 2012 8:04 pm
  6. As to why I have problems with this sign:

    1. It is NOT clearly not issued by the Parks Department.
    2. If someone wants to post such a sign, he/she should go through the proper channels (the Parks Department) and have it installed.
    3. I see all manner and variety of rude, vulgar and downright illegal behavior at McCarren Park on any given day. Why target our Polish “inebriates”? There is plenty of guilt (READ: revenue generation via tickets/citations) to go around.

    Thus, I see this as a matter of “unequal/selective enforcement”. If you are going to prohibit this kind of behavior it should be directed at ALL parks users— not just Polish folks. If you are going to post signs, they should be in English, Polish and Spanish. All around McCarren Park.

    4. There are already laws in place which prohibit the behavior outlined on said sign, thus it is redundant. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is explicitly prohibited in public parks. “Disorderly conduct” pretty much covers the rest.
    5. It is really, SERIOUSLY ugly. It detracts from the Parks Department sign above it which explains to whom this piece of public space is dedicated— and why.
    6. A “true vulgarian” is not going to bother reading it— much less minding it— anyway. So why have it?

  7. SpillConspirator on Tue, 22nd May 2012 10:53 pm
  8. Greenpoint and New York Shiity. You just can’t read about stuff like this anywhere else. I went to the parlor after reading your post and told my husband, “You sir, are a vulgarian.” His response was, “Who gives a shit?” I’ll keep him out of Popieluszko Square.

  9. missheather on Tue, 22nd May 2012 11:01 pm
  10. Well, common people are no longer allowed in public space. Didn’t you get the memo? 😉

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