The last old-school street sign in Brooklyn?

The corner of Auburn and North Elliott in Fort Greene no longer officially exists; it appears to have been de-mapped when the city put up the Whitman and Ingersoll Houses across Myrtle Avenue near Fort Greene Park in the 1940s. 

Luckily, someone forgot to take down this wonderful relic of a street sign:


Here’s more on street sign design through the years.

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4 Responses to “The last old-school street sign in Brooklyn?”

  1. Kevin Walsh Says:

    There’s an even older “humped” sign on nearby Willoughby Street.

    Porcelain-metal signs like this can also be found on Coney Island Avenue and Homecrest Court, Rewe Street and Ivy Hill Road and 68th Street and Madeleine Court.

  2. m Says:

    This is so cool! A bit real life Twilight zone/time machine. You always have the best finds and tidbits. Thanks for rooting around, digging up all this fun stuff! I also loved your Bobby Driscoll piece a few weeks ago. Keep up the excellent work!

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Thank you so much! It’s great to know that other people get as much of a kick out of old street signs as I do. And yes, poor Bobby Driscoll. The real-life Peter Pan, dead in the East Village at such a young age.

  4. The oldest street sign in Brooklyn « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Here’s another old-school Brooklyn Street sign still standing tall in Fort Greene as of 2009. […]

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