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June 3, 2024
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‘Sign Drops’ are the New ‘Sneaker Drops’: NYC DOT to Sell Limited Batch of Authentic, Commemorative Street Signs Each Month

To Celebrate Pride Month, NYC DOT Selling Christopher Street/Stonewall Place Signs

NEW YORK — New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez today launched the first of what will be monthly ‘sign drops,’ similar to limited batch ‘sneaker drops,’ where the agency will sell limited batches of authentic, commemorative New York City street signs. To kick off Pride Month, today’s first sign drop features Christopher Street/Stonewall Place signs hand made at the NYC DOT Sign Shop, which produces over 70,000 signs each year. A limited edition of 50 signs will be sold online for $75 each and are available one per customer. All signs will be sold via the CityStore, the Official Store of the City of New York, and proceeds will benefit the city’s general fund.

The official Christopher Street/Stonewall Place sign that is available for purchase.
The official Christopher Street/Stonewall Place sign that is available for purchase.

“Now you can own an official piece of New York City: authentic commemorative street signs hand made by DOT,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “Our monthly sign drops will allow all who love New York City to celebrate the people, places, and special occasions that make this the greatest city in the world. Nothing beats Pride Month and the Pride March in New York City, and we are thrilled to commemorate the occasion by offering authentic, limited edition Stonewall Place/Christopher Street signs.”

"LGBT@DOT ERG is thrilled to be part of this celebration, emphasizing the importance of Pride Month and the historical significance of the 1969 Stonewall protests. We are glad that DOT is playing its part in commemorating this important historic event. Stonewall Place is a testament to the enduring spirit and strength of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City," said NYC DOT LGBT Employee Resource Group co-Chairs Esau Reyes-Pesante and Sarah Feller. "We are proud to see our city's history and the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community recognized in such a meaningful and tangible way. These signs serve as a powerful reminder of the progress we've made and the work that remains in achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community," added LGBT@DOT Treasurer John Napolitano and Events Coordinator Jordan Solano-Reed.

“We are proud to support DOT’s new monthly sign drops, a creative new initiative to connect New Yorkers and visitors alike with the rich history and vibrant culture of our city,” said NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “These authentic, commemorative street signs not only celebrate iconic locations and significant milestones, but also allow individuals to own a piece of New York City’s heritage. We’re excited to help launch this program in our City Store with the Christopher Street/Stonewall Place signs during Pride Month, honoring the profound legacy and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Sign drops will feature signs for iconic New York City streets, commemorations of famous New Yorkers, celebrations of special occasions, and other custom releases.

About the NYC DOT Sign Shop

The New York City DOT Sign Shop is in Maspeth, Queens and manufactures over 70,000 signs each year. A team of 32 Sign Shop employees hand-make street signs, highway signs, directional signs, parking signs, and more. There are over two million NYC DOT signs in use across the 6,000 miles of streets in New York City.

The monthly sign drops are the latest iteration of sign sales that have historically been available from the Sign Shop.

About the CityStore

CityStore is the Official store of the City of New York. CityStore is operated by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. 100% of sales benefit the City of New York.

CityStore is similar to a museum store, which complements the museum by highlighting the treasures within while serving as a stand-alone retail entity for wonderful gifts, collectables and research materials. A museum store is a revenue source for the museum and reinforces and protects the integrity of the museum brand. CityStore is the "museum store" for the entire City of New York.