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It has been a while since I published some quality fallen sign content here at The New Leaf Journal. But today, I present the most thematic article about something fallen to date – a fallen “No Standing / No Parking” sign in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Vinegar Hill. You will find the two photos I took on June 25, 2021, below. (I took both photos, which were subsequently edited by Victor V. Gurbo, with the Open Camera App on my Motorola Moto e6 phone.)

Photograph of a fallen "NO STANDING Anytime / NO PARKING" sign in Vinegar Hill, a small neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City.
Photograph of a fallen "NO STANDING Anytime / NO PARKING" sign in Vinegar Hill, a small neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City.

This is the first time that a fallen sign featured in The New Leaf Journal has partially followed its own guidance. To the extent which the sign says “No Standing,” it follows its advice by resting in a distinctly non-standing position.

But what of the signs other half – “No Parking”? One could argue that the sign was “parked” on the sidewalk. Moreover, I took the photo on a Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, meaning that the sign foreclosed parking at the time it was arguably parked on the sidewalk. Did the sign violate its “No Parking” edict? That is debatable, I suppose.

What is not debatable that as applied to fallen signs, “No Standing” is clearer than “No Parking.” The sign was unambiguously compliant with its plainest directive. Thus, on the whole, I rate this as a fallen sign that should be praised for leading (and falling) by example.