Monty Python’s Sidewalk Circus

According to a reader named Terrence, construction of residential hi-rises on the opposite sides of the street are both attempting to close sidewalks on the 400 block of New York Ave. The projects are Yale West on the north side of the street and the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle on the south side.

At the corner of 4th Street & New York Ave NW on the north side of the intersection you are instructed the sidewalk is closed ahead and you should cross the street. Once you cross to the South you encounter a similar sign that a sidewalk closure is ahead and instructs you to cross back to the other side of the street.

4th and NY Ave NW. On NW corner looking west.

4th and NY Ave NW. On SW corner looking west.

Seems like the setup for a Monty Python sketch…

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    Dan Augusto says

    Man: (Michael Palin) I want to complain.

    Complainer: (Eric Idle) You want to complain! Look at these shoes. I’ve only had them three weeks and the heels are worn right through.

    Man: No, I want to complain about…

    Complainer: If you complain nothing happens, you might as well not bother.

    Man: Oh!

    Complainer: Oh my back hurts, it’s not a very fine day and I’m sick and tired of this office.

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    seriously, whatever the hell happened to the law that passed a few years back (sponsored by jim graham, if i remember correctly), that required sidewalks to be kept open during construction of a new building?

    this has to be illegal, or at the very least, not in the spirit of the law!

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    Jose Carioca says

    As a resident of the neighborhood I think that this is a great problem to have. It’s really nice to see that this stretch of New York Avenue is coming back to life.