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Snapshot: New York City

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 09:30 EST

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PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/8/2014 1:30:57 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: High
There we are. Shoefiti

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Credit: BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8334137.stm

 

richheap
richheap  
1/8/2014 5:56:17 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: High
With heroin I think it's meant to symbolise the idea that, once you've tried it, you'll never leave. Hence, you don't need your shoes. But this may be symbolism that's been added after the event.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/7/2014 5:52:05 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: High
You know what Nicole, I will walk into the Vans store next time I am there to ask them about it. If they were offended, I will buy a pair of shoe laces before walking out.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/7/2014 5:50:35 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: High
Rich, one pair of shoes is a signal. We've got many. Big dealer, huh? With the recent marijuana legalization in the state of Colorado, maybe this is the NYC citizens' subtle way, as strange as it sounds, to voice support? Joking aside, I really question whether it is legal to hang things on the traffic light pole. 

richheap
richheap  
1/2/2014 3:27:30 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: High
Yes, that quantity is rare. Now I want to know other shoe-hanging hotspots.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/2/2014 3:22:35 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: High
No one seems to be able to agree about the meaning of tossed shoes (the BBC even did a segment on this in 2009). It's rare to see this many shoes hanging on line or lamppost, though -- typically you'll see a pair or two -- and our friend PostSandy who sent this photo to us said she had a feeling it was maybe an ad campaign for the nearby Vans shoe store. As yet, I cannot confirm or deny this, but it makes sense as a possibility.

richheap
richheap  
1/2/2014 11:52:06 AM
User Rank Staff
High
Is this symbolic in the US? In the UK, one pair of shoes over a house's telephone line is often said to symbolise that a heroin dealer lives in that house, but I've never knocked on doors to see if that actually correlates.

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