Sunday’s Mystery Skywriting Over The Upper West Side A Mystery No More

Monday, October 10th, 2011


I received a few e-mails and tweets yesterday about the mystery skywriting that appeared over the Upper West Side in the late-afternoon/early-evening on Sunday. I happened to be out at the time and snapped this shot around 6:00 pm. If it’s not clear to you, the writing reads “Last Chance.”

Early thoughts were that it had something to do with “Occupy Wall Street” or a terrorist threat, however the truth is much less nefarious (and more ridiculous).

Apparently the whole thing was part of an art project sponsored by Friends Of The High Line. It supposedly took “six months to plan,” which is only five months, 30 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes longer than I would have guessed.

It started downtown around 4:00 pm and continued north for roughly two hours, including the phrases “Lost Our Lease” and “Now Open,” which were supposed to be some sort of commentary on the economy.

What this has to do with the High Line, I have no idea.

You can read coverage from the Huffington Post, Daily News, and New York Times.

I have to admit, I’m slightly bemused by those who thought this was the work of terrorists. Are there really people who think Al-Qaeda spends lazy Sunday afternoons writing obscure messages in the New York City sky?

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