I have covered many fallen signs on site. We have seen one stop sign, two stop signs, non-standing no standing signs, dead end signs, and the rare and collectable fallen truck route sign. Until today, our most dramatic coverage of something fallen at was of a large tree that came down in Brooklyn Heights in August 2020. Much like August 2020, the 2021 edition of August also saw some bouts of inclement weather in New York City’s largest borough. The best example that I found is in the below image, where you will find a half-fallen lamppost on Imlay Street in Red Hook.

After a storm, a lamppost leans, half fallen, over Imlay Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
I took this photo with the Open Camera App on my Motorola Moto e6 phone on August 18, 2021. The photo was edited for publication by Victor V. Gurbo.

The lamppost was hanging in there – barely, in an ever-growing pool of water. Attached to the lamppost are three signs – a street sign for Imlay Street, One-Way Sign, and a sign advising drivers of parking rules from midnight to 3 am on Tuesdays and Fridays (a tri-purpose sign to top a dual-purpose sign I once covered). The situation was rectified when I returned to this generally empty, old factory-laden stretch of Red Hook about two weeks later. Studying the picture in hindsight, I suppose that we can be thankful that the traffic light would have fallen just short of the porta-potty on the steps.