Posts Tagged ‘Street signs’

Cross streets carved into tenement corners

September 14, 2009

Before reliable metal street signs were put up on every corner of the city letting you know exactly where you were, it was probably pretty helpful to have the cross street names chiseled into the corner of a tenement or warehouse.

Now, of course, the cross street carvings have outlived their usefulness. They’re worn down by the elements, but it’s always a treat to look up and see one.

Like this sign on Market and Madison Streets, on a rundown tenement:


The carving at Third Avenue is missing its counterpart—it should read 110th Street:


This one at Fifth Street and First Avenue isn’t carved into the corner. The numbers look old, but not that old—perhaps the original corner blocks were replaced and new street numbers put up:


The loveliest street corner sign, of course, is in Tribeca, on Hudson and Beach Streets.

The last old-school street sign in Brooklyn?

January 5, 2009

The corner of Auburn and North Elliott in Fort Greene no longer officially exists; it appears to have been de-mapped when the city put up the Whitman and Ingersoll Houses across Myrtle Avenue near Fort Greene Park in the 1940s. 

Luckily, someone forgot to take down this wonderful relic of a street sign:


Here’s more on street sign design through the years.

The writing on the wall (and the fence post)

November 20, 2008

It’s a nice treat to randomly come across an old tenement building with the names of the intersecting streets spelled out on the structure itself. Like this one here at Tenth Avenue and 17th Street:


It’s even cooler to see a street name carved into an iron fence post, as it is here at St. Mark’s Church on Second Avenue and 10th Street. A little St. Mark’s history and additional images can be found here.