(NEW YORK) — A misspelling on a New York City crosswalk has city, utility and school officials pointing fingers. Even worse, the misspelling is right outside a Manhattan high school, and involves the word “school.”
The painted pavement on Stanton Street outside Marta Valle High School reads “SHCOOL X-NG.”
The Department of Transportation claims the mistake was made by a utility provider conducting repairs on the street, according to the New York Post, which first reported the glaring error.
City officials say utility providers and contractors are responsible for returning city streets back to normal after repairs. But at least one city worker told the paper the blame lies not with the utility company or the city, but with the school.
“Regardless of who painted it, someone from the school should have been outside supervising, or noticed it by now,” the city worker, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Post. “This is sloppy work.”
The Post also reports that the neighborhood’s residents said construction crews worked on the street over the summer, meaning the error has gone either unnoticed or unrepaired by both the city and the school for months.
“We are contacting them to correct the error promptly,” a DOT spokesman told the Post, referring to the utility provider the agency says is to blame.
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