A vintage Original Ray’s Pizza sign on the #UWS: I hope they never decide to “upgrade” it. #pizza #pizzeria #oldsigns #signgeeks #signs #nyc #retro #oldnyc #vintage #restaurants #typography #fontgeek #relic #type

A vintage Original Ray’s Pizza sign on the #UWS: I hope they never decide to “upgrade” it. #pizza #pizzeria #oldsigns #signgeeks #signs #nyc #retro #oldnyc #vintage #restaurants #typography #fontgeek #relic #type

A relic of a defunct newspaper holds down copies of the Grey Lady, the paper the New York Sun was meant to challenge. The original New York Sun folded in 1950. The paper (well, the name) was revived for several years, ending in 2008. But souvenirs of its last run survive here and there on newsstands. #newspapers #relic #artifact #nyc #ephemera

A relic of a defunct newspaper holds down copies of the Grey Lady, the paper the New York Sun was meant to challenge. The original New York Sun folded in 1950. The paper (well, the name) was revived for several years, ending in 2008. But souvenirs of its last run survive here and there on newsstands. #newspapers #relic #artifact #nyc #ephemera

These pay-phone kiosks are sleek and futuristic, but failed to predict a future without the device they were constructed to hold. #payphones #relic #urbanarchaeology #obsolete #futuristic

These pay-phone kiosks are sleek and futuristic, but failed to predict a future without the device they were constructed to hold. #payphones #relic #urbanarchaeology #obsolete #futuristic

How crooks called their lawyers in the 1970s: Brooklyn police precinct pay phone is a holdover from the ‘Serpico’ era

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This NYPD blue pay phone is all shades of awesome.

I spotted it from the sidewalk outside the 76th Precinct in Cobble
Hill, Brooklyn, and quickly ducked into the foyer to snap a quick
photo, successfully avoiding any scrutiny from the fuzz.

I knew I had to stop because I quickly surmised the phone was packing
a lot of history and adding some old-school cinematic grit to the
precinct.

What’s most special about it is its futuristic blue
casing, which includes a cubbyhole for the phone book. This phone is
pure 1970s Bell System, and features the 1969 Saul Bass-designed Bell
symbol next to the word “Phone.”

The phone also preserves a throwback of the 1990s; note the presence
of the NYNEX logo on the top left. The rate cards are from the Verizon
era, but even that is vintage, as Verizon pulled out of the pay phone
business.

Think about how long this phone had been there. It’s witnessed some of
New York scariest, crime-ridden days.

If only we could hear the conversations it has been privy to over the years. But this phone will take its secrets to the grave, and given the state of the pay phone
biz, that day is not too far off.

— Rolando Pujol

 

The old Hotel Tudor is now a Hilton, but the corporate hands haven’t gotten around to taking down the old sign, a Midtown East unofficial landmark. Hopefully it’s too costly and not worth the trouble to tear it down. This photo was taken from the 10th floor of WPIX, itself a neighborhood fixture since 1948. #signs #tudorcity #manhattan #vintage #oldnyc #murrayhill #kipsbay #unitednations #hotels #relic #artifacts #urbanarchaeology

The old Hotel Tudor is now a Hilton, but the corporate hands haven’t gotten around to taking down the old sign, a Midtown East unofficial landmark. Hopefully it’s too costly and not worth the trouble to tear it down. This photo was taken from the 10th floor of WPIX, itself a neighborhood fixture since 1948. #signs #tudorcity #manhattan #vintage #oldnyc #murrayhill #kipsbay #unitednations #hotels #relic #artifacts #urbanarchaeology

In Fort Greene, the liquor store is gone, but not its classic neon sign. #neon #brooklyn #signs #relic #oldschool #retro #vintage  (Taken with Instagram)

In Fort Greene, the liquor store is gone, but not its classic neon sign. #neon #brooklyn #signs #relic #oldschool #retro #vintage (Taken with Instagram)