Ghost signs hanging over storefronts in Manhattan

New York is filled with ghost signs for store that have long departed an address. Yet the new shop owners never remove the old signage, giving the old businesses a phantom presence on city streets.


The liquors sign above is at Avenue A and 14th Street. As you can see, there’s no corresponding liquor store, just a nail salon and a karaoke bar.


When this pizza joint on West 18th Street pulled up stakes, the Persian restaurant that moved in didn’t mind the green Pizza Paradise awning. Maybe the Ps made it close enough?


Superbuy was one of the names of an old-school pharmacy that once existed on lower First Avenue across from Stuyvesant Town. The store is gone, but the orange sign remains.


I’m not even sure which of these signs is actually the ghost sign and which represents the business currently occupying this space on West 14th Street!

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3 Responses to “Ghost signs hanging over storefronts in Manhattan”

  1. George Laszlo Says:

    A slight clarification on the Pizza place on West 18th street is in order. I do not believe that the pizza joint pulled up stakes. Rather, the Taste of Persia guy made a deal to make use of a very small portion of the floor space just behind the front plate glass. This was a great way for him to test the market for his food which, by the way, is really good. The rest of the store is taken up by more traditional deli food counters including Pizza.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Ah, thanks for the clarification! This is another not uncommon thing with NYC storefronts: subdividing space inside one traditional-size shop.

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