The Retrologist

Oct 20

A literal splash of color adds a wonderful vintage touch to an old-school laundry shop in Williamsburg. A holdover of a time and place long gone. #signgeeks #williamsburg #brooklyn #nyc #instagramnyc

A literal splash of color adds a wonderful vintage touch to an old-school laundry shop in Williamsburg. A holdover of a time and place long gone. #signgeeks #williamsburg #brooklyn #nyc #instagramnyc

Oct 18

Across from Starbucks, some old-school neon grit survives near Times Square. #neonsigns #neon #vintageneon #signgeeks

Across from Starbucks, some old-school neon grit survives near Times Square. #neonsigns #neon #vintageneon #signgeeks

Oct 14

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.
Here’s the link: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/DetermiNation/DNFY11EA?px=37344585&pg=personal&fr_id=62209
Thanks!
#marathon #nycmarathon

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.

Here’s the link: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/DetermiNation/DNFY11EA?px=37344585&pg=personal&fr_id=62209

Thanks!

#marathon #nycmarathon

Oct 08

The Loneliest Road in America: A trip that stays with you forever. #nevada #roadtrip

The Loneliest Road in America: A trip that stays with you forever. #nevada #roadtrip

Oct 04

The Berghoff: One of the reasons Chicago is my kind of town. It opened in 1898, a year before vintage-neon wonder Central Camera entered the picture just around the corner. #signgeeks #chicago

The Berghoff: One of the reasons Chicago is my kind of town. It opened in 1898, a year before vintage-neon wonder Central Camera entered the picture just around the corner. #signgeeks #chicago

Sep 30

Steven Spielberg’s ‘St. James Place’ brings Cold War intrigue to Brooklyn

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. 

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Sep 28

If you ever buy a camera at Chicago’s Central Camera, the first thing you need to do is take a picture of its sweet neon sign. #kodak #chicago

If you ever buy a camera at Chicago’s Central Camera, the first thing you need to do is take a picture of its sweet neon sign. #kodak #chicago

Sep 23

One of New York City’s most beautiful vintage storefronts has been desecrated. This is a big loss to Greenwich Village’s historic fabric. Epic shame.

One of New York City’s most beautiful vintage storefronts has been desecrated. This is a big loss to Greenwich Village’s historic fabric. Epic shame.

Sep 22

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

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

Sep 20

This awesome alphorn-toting mountain dude greets you at Brasserie Swiss, a charming Swiss chalet-style restaurant in Ossining, N.Y. Absolutely adore these kinds of places, especially this time of year, with a hint of color gracing the trees. #ossining #westchester #swiss

This awesome alphorn-toting mountain dude greets you at Brasserie Swiss, a charming Swiss chalet-style restaurant in Ossining, N.Y. Absolutely adore these kinds of places, especially this time of year, with a hint of color gracing the trees. #ossining #westchester #swiss