Foolish quest for immortality brings love locks to Manhattan Bridge

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Oh, so we want this to be the future of the Manhattan Bridge? via Flickr user Adam Lerner

Love locks, the physical manifestation of a James Blunt song, were already weighing down the Brooklyn Bridge and falling on cars. As if that wasn’t enough, according to the Brooklyn Paper, some motherfuckers who think they’re being cute have decided to start putting their undying proclamations of eternal love that will last forever and ever on the Manhattan Bridge.

So far, there haven’t been enough love locks places on the Manhattan Bridge to become a big cause of concern for the Department of Transportation, which is good. What’s less good is the fact that New York’s infrastructure is crumbling pretty well just through normal use. The last thing it needs is one goddamn Master Lock after the other telling us that “Bryce loves Jennifer” weighing down a 102-year-old bridge.

The Brooklyn Paper found people who compared this plague to “street art,” which is dead fucking wrong, since art takes actual effort and slapping a lock on a bridge does not. They also quoted on nonchalant observer as saying that people had “a right” to put up love locks. Sure, the Manhattan Bridge is a public place, but that doesn’t mean it “belongs” to every Donna and Geoffrey who decide they’re going to pollute it with their garbage $5 love pledge. We remind you, after all that “Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.” So knock it the fuck off.


  1. Hi David ,

    Most definitely not here to plug my site , but rather give you the oppurtunity to check out what we have done with the idea of love locks. We are born and raise Bk guys and have been offering people a way to make their own custom locks with art work and fonts we created.

    You should read the feedback on our facebook page and see the impact something as simple as a silly padlock has on people.

    I’m not going to post my URL in the comment field , but it should be visible on your end.

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