Soda sales are down—and so are the number of soft drink–branded signs fronting the diners and newsstands on New York’s streets.
I don’t think anyone is officially keeping track of how many privilege signs—as these signs are technically called—disappear every year from the city’s dwindling number of independent diners, luncheonettes, and newsstands.
Though their numbers weren’t great 10 years ago, more signs are biting the dust (like two out of the three photographed in this post from 2008).
Luckily two stalwarts seem to be safe: the signs atop the West Village’s delightfully named greasy spoon diner La Bonbonniere and Eddie’s Sweet Shop, a 107-year-old ice cream parlor in Forest Hills.
Let’s hope the rest of the remaining signs scattered around the five boroughs hang on.
[Second photo: Google]