Vintage store signs that should be landmarked

Signs from the 1960s and 1970s are disappearing from New York City storefronts fast, mainly because so many mom and pop businesses themselves are biting the dust. It’s a shame, because they give city streets such a shot of color. Here’s a handful worth celebrating.

New Caporal is on Broadway and 156th. Gotta love that little yellow bird:

Ess-a-bagel, looking appetizing on the corner of 21st and First Avenue:

B & H, the one and only, on Second Avenue in the East Village:

And finally, this corner stationary store/drugstore in Long Island City:

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2 Responses to “Vintage store signs that should be landmarked”

  1. Unisphere Says:

    Maybe not landmarked. But someone should have these things saved when the stores close and create a store sign museum. That could be interesting. If they can have a tenement museum, why not a sign museum?

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s a great idea. Urbanite at AMNY also agrees with you: http://weblogs.amny.com/entertainment/urbanite/blog. I wonder how something like that would get off the ground?

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