We've added New York sign permit data to EveryBlock.
In short, this means that New Yorkers can now get notified whenever a new sign goes up in their neighborhood.
This data comes from the Department of Buildings, which issues permits for new outdoor signs. Following our "newspaper for your block" philosophy, we're publishing each "sign permit action" as a separate news item -- i.e., each step of the approval process, such as a DOB approval, is news to you, if you're near it.
We publish a number of interesting bits of data about each sign permit, including the text of the sign ("EAT AT JOE'S"), whether/how the sign is illuminated and the sign's size.