Dingy and derelict store signs in Brooklyn

More shabby than chic, these vintage signs do have character.

Kelly’s Tavern in Bay Ridge makes a cameo appearance in Saturday Night Fever. (Tony and Stephanie walk past it after leaving a coffee shop.)

Maiman’s Pharmacy, off Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, has an enchanting neon sign you’ll never find above a Duane Reade or Rite-Aid.

Hardware stores around the city tend to have great old signs, like Weinstein’s on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights.

There’s something a little creepy about this bar in Sunset Park. Darkened windows, no-frills signage . . . barhopping frat boys from Manhattan may be viewed with suspicion.

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4 Responses to “Dingy and derelict store signs in Brooklyn”

  1. marthagrace Says:

    I live near Soccer Tavern and just wanted to say that the place is way more welcoming than it looks. I watched several World Cup games there in the friendly company of the Irish and Chinese regulars. I’m glad to have Soccer Tavern in my neighborhood (though I hope frat boys remain scared of it).

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Good to know–the bare-bones sign must keep out the posers.

  3. Amy Says:

    Check out Renal Hardware in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Serving customers at that location since 1954. The interior is a trip down memory lane to when hardware stores were like variety stores for the home.

  4. harrye100 Says:

    I see nothing wrong with that sign, except that some tree branches are blocking it!

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