A Turtle Bay lamp store sign reemerges again

For 35 years, Louis Mattia operated an antique lamp and chandelier shop at 980 Second Avenue in the east 50s.


He closed his store in 1995, and this wonderful old sign (PL for Plaza!) would come in and out of view, as each subsequent store that replaced it went out of business.

Now that a frame shop here has recently gone under, the ghostly old-school sign stands once again. I wonder how long it lasts before it’s covered up.

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5 Responses to “A Turtle Bay lamp store sign reemerges again”

  1. John David Howard Says:

    The next tenants should name their business Louis Mattia, for longevity sake. 😉

  2. Ruth Rogers (@ruthrogers55) Says:

    Found a new one today – Little Wolf Cabinet shop – East 82 between 2/3. On the north side of the street. Would you like me to forward a picture?

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Ooh, I found that one! It’s a beauty. If you see any others, I’d love to post!


  4. Al Says:

    Not sure if you’ve posted this one yet, but I assume the MU- over the entrance is the old phone exchange? On 2nd Ave in Murray Hill. http://m.yelp.com/biz_photos/the-lumber-boys-new-york?select=4cjtIaa6FSGaR8up5MYFYQ

  5. JOE Says:

    4 years later and Louis Mattia remains uncovered. A fitting tribute!

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