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Following a story in yesterday?s Post, red-faced Con Ed officials quickly ground down a piece of Stanton Street pavement to replace a humiliating spelling error ? ?SHCOOL X-NG? ? etched outside a building housing three schools.

Authorities blamed the blunder on a clueless contractor.

The misspelled traffic alert ? created with industrial ?textured tape? that permanently sticks to the asphalt ? was ripped up by heavy machinery shortly before noon, on the heels of the story poking fun at the educational irony.

Amazingly, the obvious error ? in front a Lower East Side building hosting two high schools and a middle school ? had been on the pavement since July 2010, according to Con Ed.

Initially, neighbors told The Post the error had been laid down over last summer.

?One of the teachers said to me, ?I?m busy grading papers in the school. I?m not grading the city on their spelling,? ? said Rene Anaya, the assistant principal at Lower East Side Preparatory HS.

Con Ed said the spelling snafu occurred after a contractor ? which officials would not identify ? ripped up the street for utility work and replaced existing markings.

A different contractor fixed the mistake yesterday.

?We know how to spell ?school?!? one of the workers joked.

In the interests of brevity, only the wrongly placed ?H? and ?C? were ground down and repositioned.



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As soon as I saw the title of this thread in the mini spy I knew exactly what it was, thanks to the fact the local news was treating it like some amazing news story. The way they were covering this story (I live in NJ so the NYC news is my local morning news) you would have thought it was the end of the world. Yesterday they literally spent a good 3-5 minutes on it in the morning, then in the evenining news they did the follow up story showing it was fixed from a helicopter view. So they literally sent the helicopter out to the location to get the birds eye shot of it. Meanwhile the death of a 12 year old girl crossing Delancey and Houston street (3 people have died at this intersection in the past 9 months) received a 2-3 minute news story. I honestly wound up feeling bad for the contractor who made this mistake because of all of the attention they were putting on this story. Mistakes happen and life goes on. It was fixed. I just did not get the obsession with it and why it was such a "big story" in the eye of the news.

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Comforting to know that our working citizens are educated. :laugh:

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Mistakes happen and life goes on. It was fixed. I just did not get the obsession with it and why it was such a "big story" in the eye of the news.


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