Tourists: Please Stop Leaving Stupid Locks And Trash Bows On The Brooklyn Bridge

August 6, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Alright already with the padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge! The Department of Transportation has been busy removing them — “a whopping 5,600 latches from the 5,989-foot span” clipped off between July 2013 and May 2014. But the insidious trend (which already annoyed the shit out of Paris) continues.

A particularly distressed Jen Jones at Women You Should Know recently spoke with a city worker busy de-crapping the bridge railings from mementos. She asked him if they do this every day. “Not every day, but a lot,” he said. “It’s such a shame.” The makeshift bows are particularly trashy, she says:

This certainly can’t be an expression of love like the locks were purported as being… no matter how you spin it, a Duane Reade receipt fashioned into a bow and tied to the bridge cannot amount to some kind of romantic overture, even if the receipt is for condoms.

We’d say that’s a lot less palpable than citizen graffiti. (Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork, Women You Should Know)