Posts Tagged ‘vintage signs NYC’

A vintage neon garage sign lights East 76th Street

May 11, 2020

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]

Vintage signs on old-school luncheonettes

October 24, 2011

Spotting one of these falling-apart signs is like entering a time warp. Few are left, and the ones that remain likely won’t be around much longer.

Park Luncheonette, at 334 Driggs Avenue on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border,  was a real soda fountain serving diner grub since the 1930s.

After a cameo in The Departed and then an upgrade in the mid-2000s, it closed a few years ago.

I’m not sure how long the Cup & Saucer has been satisfying greasy spoon cravings at the corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets.

But the to-the-point sign has got to be from the 1970s at least.

Tom’s Restaurant, at Sterling Place and Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, has been going strong since the 1936.

It’s not the Tom’s from the Suzanne Vega song—that’s the other old-school Tom’s, on Broadway and 112th Street.