A charming detail from one of my favorite vintage signs in New York: Joe Junior restaurant on Third Avenue. This lip-smacking sign is indeed good enough to eat. #retrosigns #retrologist #nyc #newyorkcity #burgers #hamburgers #cartoon #typography #ig_signage #rous_roadsigns #signhunting #signgeeks #signstalkers #signfixation #americana #roadsideamerica #1950s #1960s #1970s #oldnyc

A charming detail from one of my favorite vintage signs in New York: Joe Junior restaurant on Third Avenue. This lip-smacking sign is indeed good enough to eat. #retrosigns #retrologist #nyc #newyorkcity #burgers #hamburgers #cartoon #typography #ig_signage #rous_roadsigns #signhunting #signgeeks #signstalkers #signfixation #americana #roadsideamerica #1950s #1960s #1970s #oldnyc

The Brevoort apartment house on Fifth Avenue takes its name from an old New York Dutch family that had a vast farm in the area and later a hotel on this spot. Both are long gone, but the name survives in the fantastic #midcenturymodern turquoise cursive script of this 1956 apartment complex that replaced the hotel. #typography #justmytype #font #midcentury #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #signjunkie #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #1950s

The Brevoort apartment house on Fifth Avenue takes its name from an old New York Dutch family that had a vast farm in the area and later a hotel on this spot. Both are long gone, but the name survives in the fantastic #midcenturymodern turquoise cursive script of this 1956 apartment complex that replaced the hotel. #typography #justmytype #font #midcentury #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #signjunkie #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #1950s

Hallelujah! The Art Deco Salvation Army building on 14th Street has a nicely preserved neon sign. #salvationarmy #neon #neonsign #neonporn #rous_roadsigns #signgeeks #americana #roadsideamerica #nyc #newyorkcity #streetphotography #oldsigns #retrosigns #retrologist #artdeco #vintagesigns

Hallelujah! The Art Deco Salvation Army building on 14th Street has a nicely preserved neon sign. #salvationarmy #neon #neonsign #neonporn #rous_roadsigns #signgeeks #americana #roadsideamerica #nyc #newyorkcity #streetphotography #oldsigns #retrosigns #retrologist #artdeco #vintagesigns

A beautiful folk painting of a pre-9/11 New York that features the beloved Astor Place Hairstylists as the center of the universe. Lots of great details in this painting, which I’d passed dozens of times without noticing by the subterranean barber shop’s front door. #folkart #nyc #newyorkcity #wtc #twintowers #empirestatebuilding #kingkong #checkercab #ig_nyc #ignewyork

A beautiful folk painting of a pre-9/11 New York that features the beloved Astor Place Hairstylists as the center of the universe. Lots of great details in this painting, which I’d passed dozens of times without noticing by the subterranean barber shop’s front door. #folkart #nyc #newyorkcity #wtc #twintowers #empirestatebuilding #kingkong #checkercab #ig_nyc #ignewyork

La Taza de Oro (the golden cup) is a true survivor in a neighborhood that has transformed around it. Delicious Puerto Rican cuisine (what a great cafe con leche they offer, BTW) in an irreplaceable midcentury luncheonette setting. And the storefront is priceless. Near 14th and 8th in Chelsea. Go! #midcentury #puertorico #criollo #nyc #newyork #chelsea #signs #oldsigns #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #americana #oldnyc #retrologist #typography #justmytype

La Taza de Oro (the golden cup) is a true survivor in a neighborhood that has transformed around it. Delicious Puerto Rican cuisine (what a great cafe con leche they offer, BTW) in an irreplaceable midcentury luncheonette setting. And the storefront is priceless. Near 14th and 8th in Chelsea. Go! #midcentury #puertorico #criollo #nyc #newyork #chelsea #signs #oldsigns #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #americana #oldnyc #retrologist #typography #justmytype

Another Blarney appears to have hosted its last call — not for the night, but forever. The Blarney Stone in Turtle Bay went from “closed for renovation” to “lease available” in the past few months.  The building itself is for sale. The sign proudly claimed it had been around since 1925, when the Third Avenue El train would have still rumbled by. I liked this place — it had real character and its share of characters. And now it’s gone. The signage is comforting — sort of that 1970ish standard issue that is cut above today’s usual fare. #divebar #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #oldsigns #oldschool #signgeeks #roadsideamerica #rous_roadsigns #irishbar #retrologist

Another Blarney appears to have hosted its last call — not for the night, but forever. The Blarney Stone in Turtle Bay went from “closed for renovation” to “lease available” in the past few months. The building itself is for sale. The sign proudly claimed it had been around since 1925, when the Third Avenue El train would have still rumbled by. I liked this place — it had real character and its share of characters. And now it’s gone. The signage is comforting — sort of that 1970ish standard issue that is cut above today’s usual fare. #divebar #nyc #newyorkcity #manhattan #oldsigns #oldschool #signgeeks #roadsideamerica #rous_roadsigns #irishbar #retrologist

You could be forgiven for thinking the signage at Desmond’s Steakhouse has been around for years, but it’s actually brand new. It replaced the iconic neon lights of the OTB Winner’s Circle, that survivor of a grittier New York where horse-race gambling parlors were dotted with Oscar Madison clones. Be that as it may, Desmond’s has come up with a set of impressive neo-retro signs that left me impressed and encouraged — encouraged because this was a real effort to create signage that makes a retro-flavored statement. Inventive signage was once almost universal in New York — today, we are confronted with the unstoppable scourge of bland vinyl awnings and other affronts to interesting street life. #nyc #newyorkcity #timessquare #steakhouse #neonsign #neon #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #neoretro

You could be forgiven for thinking the signage at Desmond’s Steakhouse has been around for years, but it’s actually brand new. It replaced the iconic neon lights of the OTB Winner’s Circle, that survivor of a grittier New York where horse-race gambling parlors were dotted with Oscar Madison clones. Be that as it may, Desmond’s has come up with a set of impressive neo-retro signs that left me impressed and encouraged — encouraged because this was a real effort to create signage that makes a retro-flavored statement. Inventive signage was once almost universal in New York — today, we are confronted with the unstoppable scourge of bland vinyl awnings and other affronts to interesting street life. #nyc #newyorkcity #timessquare #steakhouse #neonsign #neon #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #neoretro

The southeast corner of 42nd and 3rd has always been historic — this @Gap location was NYC’s last Horn & Hardart #Automat, the chain of eateries that helped pave the way for fast food culture. After the Automat closed in 1991, this became a Gap. No biggie until today, when President Obama visited, scooping up some goodies for the wife and kids and praising Gap for raising its minimum wage to $10. As I said, this corner just got a little more historic. #gap #obama #politics #potus #nyc

The southeast corner of 42nd and 3rd has always been historic — this @Gap location was NYC’s last Horn & Hardart #Automat, the chain of eateries that helped pave the way for fast food culture. After the Automat closed in 1991, this became a Gap. No biggie until today, when President Obama visited, scooping up some goodies for the wife and kids and praising Gap for raising its minimum wage to $10. As I said, this corner just got a little more historic. #gap #obama #politics #potus #nyc

Follow the yellow arrow! Humble #neonsign beckons parking-deprived drivers 24/7 in midtown Manhattan. #neon #nyc #ig_signage #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #signswitharrows

Follow the yellow arrow! Humble #neonsign beckons parking-deprived drivers 24/7 in midtown Manhattan. #neon #nyc #ig_signage #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #signswitharrows

This was the legendary Florent for decades, but it long served the Meatpacking District before 1985 as the R&L Restaurant. Florent never took the sign down thankfully. But the place itself has been rudderless since he was forced out in June 2008; it even briefly did business as R&L again. For now, the facade remains. #mepa #florent #ig_signage #artdeco #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #nyc #retrosigns

This was the legendary Florent for decades, but it long served the Meatpacking District before 1985 as the R&L Restaurant. Florent never took the sign down thankfully. But the place itself has been rudderless since he was forced out in June 2008; it even briefly did business as R&L again. For now, the facade remains. #mepa #florent #ig_signage #artdeco #signgeeks #rous_roadsigns #retrologist #nyc #retrosigns