We’ve all heard of Muffler Men — well, meet the Muffler Family! This is a wonderful piece of folk art. This patriotic family unit — complete with Muffler Dog, a baby on a bottle and other great details — greets customers at a Meineke Car Care shop on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. #mufflermen #folkart #foundart #streetart #brooklyn #parkslope #igersnyc #nyc #newyork #instapic #instadaily #photowall #icatching
Old things in New York often don’t disappear — they are just hidden, waiting to surprise the sidewalk archaeologist in all of us. So this turned up from the past: A long-hidden sign for Ben’s Fruit grocery store, freshly uncovered in Downtown Brooklyn. Just the other day, another sign — for a deli — emerged from decades of shadows in Manhattan. (Scroll back in my gallery to see it.) As for Ben’s, the curious may examine this fading old sign on Hoyt Street between Schermerhorn and Livingston streets. Big thank you to @cristinaeverett for alerting me this morning. I didn’t waste a second documenting this! Ben’s alas will be gone in a New York minute.
Rich in history but now deep into a seemingly irreversible decline, Tagus Ranch compels a pullover from Route 99 north of Tulare, California. Once a thriving motel, coffee shop and live music venue, Tagus is withering away, a beautiful ruin that maintains its dignity despite the elements and vandalism. #tagusranch #tulare #route99
This is the third example of a rare version of the McDonald’s arches I’ve found in the United States. This is along Route 22 in northern New Jersey. The two others are in Rialto, California (on #route66) and Reno, Nevada. These date to the late 1960s or so, and feature gargantuan arches anchored into the ground, instead of smaller arches on a pole that would become the standard. It’s nice these transitional arches have managed to hang on. #mcdonalds #goldenarches #route22 #newjersey #fastfood