Dear Tumblr friends and fellow #signgeeks,
Folks, I need your help! You may know me for my gallery of classic signs, but I’ve found many of these gems during my long runs around New York City while training for the New York City Marathon.
After running 20 miles on Sunday, from the tip of lower Manhattan to suburban Yonkers along Broadway, I think I’m ready for the big day on Nov. 2. (And look at some of the cool signs I found along the way!) So I’ve got the whole running thing covered, but alas not the fundraising. I need your help!
We’re raising money for an important cause — fighting cancer. I’m on the hook for — gulp — $3,400, but every cent I raise will go to the American Cancer Society, and help fight a disease that has affected so many people I love.
My friend sent me an insistent late-night text: Get thee to Brooklyn Heights, where the streets of the neighborhood had returned to the 1950s, before the neighborhood gentrified, launching the borough’s decades-long transformation from the home of Da Bums to host of The Brand that is now Brooklyn.
It was yet the latest sighting in New York of filming for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War-era thriller “St. James Place,” starring Tom Hanks and Alan Alda.
I spent a little while poking around Monroe Place and Pineapple Street to take in the scenery, but missed catching any Hollywood royalty. My only thrill, aside from eyeing the vintage cars and a retro storefront, was getting scolded by a irascible stage hand for walking onto the film set, outside the courthouse on Monroe. (Sorry, Mr. Spielberg.)
Anyway, The Retrologist presents selections from filming of “St. James Place” on the evening of Sept. 29, 2014.
A “hot” historic find: When the modern sign for a shop called Game Champ went down, this hidden neon beauty emerged from the shadows. The sign for Hot Bagels — complete with “flames” and holes where the neon tubing used to be — is in Bay Ridge on 86th Street. #brooklyn #bagels #nyc #bayridge #history #urbanarchaeology
This beautiful neon sign in midtown Manhattan belongs to a wonderfully old-school diner, the sort of place whose survival in the heart of the city is nothing short of miraculous. La Parisienne Restaurant’s neon sign was actually covered under an awning for a long time, but happily is free to shine again. #signgeeks #neonsigns #vintagesigns #diners