P.S. 64 Kids Want You to Play ‘Safetyopoly’

safetyopoly 2Sarah Darville
safetyopolyMarlon Hosang with Janette Sadik-KhanSarah Darville

Students at P.S. 64 Robert Simon want people to slow down and pay attention on the streets near their Fifth Street school — and they aren’t playin’. Well, maybe a little bit. City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was on hand this morning to unveil a “Safetyopoly” traffic sign, designed by the schoolkids, complete with Monopoly-like squares with messages like “no jaywalking” and “look both ways” and landmarks like Tompkins Square Park and Union Square. About 40 fifth graders watched as it was attached to a pole at the end of the cul-de-sac behind the school, between Avenues B and C.

The commissioner said the sign was her favorite of the city’s 1.3 million. “I don’t think it gets any better than this,” she told the crowd. The students worked with an artist from Groundswell, a nonprofit focused on public art, throughout the year and also had a chance to see the sign fabricated at the city’s sign shop in Long Island City.