Took this picture in an East Village apartment building. Love it.
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Q. Am I allowed to walk up the stairs to get to my friend's apartment?
A. No. Walking is not permitted.
Q. So does that mean I should just turn back around and leave the building?
A. Absolutely not. Leaving is not permitted.
Q. Then do I have to, like, freeze here like a living statue?
A. What part of "nothing is permitted" do you not understand? Living statues: not permitted.
A. And stop examining this sign! Reading is not permitted!
A. Silence is not permitted!
Q. So what am I supposed to do?
A. Not our problem! Besides which, supposing is not permitted!
Bicycles certainly are not permitted—but then, neither is the absence of bicycles. The same goes for memories! The progress of time and the existence of matter and energy: not permitted. And yes, signs are out of the question, but so are blank walls, logic, paradox, and all things conceptual, concrete, real, imaginary... Are you beginning to get the point? We hope not: the getting of points is strictly forbidden.
NOTHING IS PERMITTED IN BUILDING HALLWAYS AT ANY TIME.