If you rode home via the Manhattan Bridge on Friday evening, this sign might have enticed you to stop on the Brooklyn side just before the turn onto Sands Street. In a spot most busy New Yorkers typically want to get through quickly due to the rumble of the train on the bridge and the deafening sound of drivers leaning on their horns, a small group of people were gathered, enjoying their free beer and chatting with total strangers who just happen to commute by bicycle. This simple sign and a cooler full of cheap, cold beer gave people permission to create a momentary sense of place and an improptu community.
I didn’t catch the name of the guy who threw it together, but heard him mention that he’s a sign maker based in the Navy Yard. If you have more info, please share in the comments. And in case you’re interested, no open container laws were violated. Every beer came in a plain brown wrapper.