Is this the oldest historic sign in Chelsea?

The Landmarks Preservation Commission does a nice job of posting red, black, and white street signs in historic neighborhoods, detailing the backstory of the area and providing a map of street boundaries.

But I’ve never seen one like this, in blue and yellow with super 1970s typeface.


It’s on West 20th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, and a small line at the bottom says “copyright 1970″—the same year Chelsea earned historic district status.

Could an old-school version of today’s historic district sign really survive for 43 years on a Chelsea street…marred only by a few stickers and some light graffiti?

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2 Responses to “Is this the oldest historic sign in Chelsea?”

  1. chickenunderwear Says:

    Since it is in an historic district, maybe the sign is protected.

  2. Ellen Levitt Says:

    The sign is now a relic!

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