New York’s iconic neon bar signs

I’m not much of a drinker, but the incandescent glow from those three little letters can really cast a spell, especially on a quiet dark night.

At right is the rosy-glow sign at Campanile, an old-school Italian restaurant on 29th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.

Smith’s, on 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, emphasizes their bar, not the grill. 

I wish the Fedora sign, on West Fourth Street for the past 60-plus years, had its lights on.

But that might be asking too much of this West Village survivor still hanging in there, not yet Marc Jacobs-ized or turned into a cupcake shop.

 Jeremiah can you fill you in.


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3 Responses to “New York’s iconic neon bar signs”

  1. Nabe News: July 13 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    [...] classic neon bar signs [Ephemeral [...]

  2. Christian Montone Says:

    I’m sure everyone remembers The Terminal Bar near Port Authority…
    Does anyone have photos of it before it was shut down?

    I put a film still of it (from Taxi Driver) here for the nostalgic:

    1975 Terminal Bar TAXI DRIVER Marin Scorsese MOVIE Vintage 1970s NEW YORK CITY

  3. JB Says:

    The neon sign from McHales (46th and 8th) was refurbished and now hangs inside O’Lunneys, 50th and Broadway.

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