A vintage neon garage sign lights East 76th Street

Fellow fans of New York City in gorgeous neon: feast your eyes on this vertical vintage beauty on quiet East 76th Street between First and Second Avenues.

The glowing sign tells us that the blond-brick garage is open to “transients.” That must mean short-term parkers, but it’s a word you don’t see on city garages anymore.

I don’t know how old the sign is. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s almost as old as the garage, which dates to 1930.

This might be part of the garage, in a 1940 tax photo. It’s on 76th Street but the building number is slightly off…possibly a typo? The smaller sign is to tiny to read.

[Third photo: Department of Records and Information Services]

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7 Responses to “A vintage neon garage sign lights East 76th Street”

  1. Penelope Bianchi Says:

    You are so cool. It is delightful to read this wonderful stuff about NYC in the old days. Especially these days. This poor city. My heart aches.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Penelope! But you know, New York will come back strong.

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  4. countrypaul Says:

    The NYC on-line archive, from which the bottom photo comes, is a treasure trove, with many “needles” in its “haystack.” I discovered it last night and spent far too many hours perusing it. One takeaway ref: Penelope’s and your comments: yes, we will come back, but as before, things will change in the process, which is another reason your blog and others like ForgottenNY and ScoutingNY are so important. History may not repeat, but we can certainly learn from it.

  5. francie28 Says:

    Can someone give me the link to photo archive? Thank you.

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