A line painted on a stretch of 5th Ave. divides "Tourists" and "New Yorkers"

A line painted on a stretch of 5th Ave. divides "Tourists" and "New Yorkers" (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

Employees from the Department of Transportation were out in full force Thursday scrubbing away a bold, white line painted onto a stretch of a 5th Ave. sidewalk that essentially divides native New Yorkers from tourists.

The work of art was apparently the brain storm of anonymous artists and was spotted Wednesday on the east side of Fifth Ave. between 22nd and 23rd Streets.

The words "tourists" and "New Yorkers" were painted at both ends of the block, designating a spot where individuals were to walk.

"It's annoying when you walk behind a slow person and you need to be somewhere," Sherri Jacobson, of the Lower East Side, told PIX 11 News. "But, tourists come here to look around and check out some famous landmarks...they shouldn't be targeted because of that."

So for, no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the sidewalk statement.