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Entries in Ghost Signage (9)

Wednesday
Jun032015

Retro Ghost Signage Revealed on Ninth Street

S&S Cleaners, which was founded on Ninth Street near Sixth Avenue in 1925 by recent Chinese immigrants and is today run by the third generation of the same family, very well might be the oldest cleaners in the neighborhood; It's certainly one of its oldest surviving businesses. They recently removed their rather ordinary awning, revealing some vintage signage that's in excellent condition and appears to date from the 1940s or 50s. Many thanks to reader Dave for sending in the photo.

Every time I see something like this I wonder what kind of ghost signage is lurking under the hundreds of other awnings in the neighborhood. On a separate note, can anyone think of any Park Slope businesses that are more than 90 years old?

Thursday
Jul102014

Signage Going Up at Doughnut Plant Brooklyn

It was first announced only about a month ago that a location of the popular (and delicious) Doughnut Plant, which has two locations in Manhattan (including the original near the Manhattan Bridge) and one in Tokyo, would be opening in the building on Flatbush opposite Sixth last occupied by Yummy Taco. Construction has already begun in earnest, and signage has gone up along the corners of the triangular building.

Construction paper has also gone up in the windows, and it looks like we can expect an awning to be going up any day now. With construction going this quickly, we might be closer to getting some of the city's best doughnuts than we might have thought.

Tuesday
Nov122013

Gorilla Coffee Gets Signage on Bergen Street

Gorilla Coffee's second outpost got some signage last week in the space that was last occupied by Lululemon, and Park Slope Stoop snapped a photo. Surprisingly, the storefront has been painted all-black, even though it used to be red, which is the predominant color scheme for their existing shop, on Fifth and St. Marks. It looks like they'll be opening on Friday, if all goes to plan.

While this one will also have a grab-and-go section up front, there will also be a more pronouned commitment towards showcasing the individual coffee varieties mostly via a new "modular brewing system" called Modbar. There will be more of an emphasis on single-origin coffees as well, and the baristas will apparently double as instructors. Might sound a bit protentious, but that's apparently the name of the coffee game now.

Gorilla is also about to open a roastery in Gowanus, so my guess is that this is the first step in a major expansion.

Monday
Oct142013

Ghost Signage Uncovered on Fifth Avenue

Vintage shop Odd Twin closed down after 4 1/2 years on Fifth Avenue and Degraw Street last month, and some of the shop's old awning has been taken down. Lo and behold, some hand-painted ghost signage has been lurking underneath.

The signs (which are on both corners) date from 1995, when Sea View, a video and game rental store, set up shop in the space at 164 5th. It was a real estate office before Odd Twin moved in. Currently there's only one video store left in the neighborhood, the Video Gallery on Seventh.

Friday
Aug092013

Liquor Store Coming to 487 Fifth Avenue, Amazing Ancient Signage Revealed

A liquor store is in the works at 487 Fifth Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets. A permit has been filed to renovate the space, and a notice on the front door notes that it's been issued to a company named Acme Liquors. The storefront was last home to a salon called Hair Designs by Julie, and has been vacant since February of 2012.

More interestingly, signage for the old salon came down, and lo and behold there's an amazing relic that's been preserved underneath. The whole storefront has been essentially unchanged for decades, down to the black and white tile below the window, and the top left pane of glass still clearly reads "BUTTER EGGS CHEESE," remnants of an old market that, from the looks of it, appears to have been installed in the 20s or 30s. Lettering on the pane next to it is slightly less legible, but advertises "HOMEMADE SALADS."

Any regular visitor to this site knows that I have a major soft spot for ghost signage, which isn't revealed too often in this neighborhood, even though there are plenty of old storefronts to go around and a relatively high turnover. The most recent ghost signage to be uncovered was up on the north end of the avenue, where the old hand-painted sign for a meat market was revealed when Trade Winds Furniture gave way to the new Duke of Montrose bar.

That sign, which most likely dated from the 50s, didn't survive the transition, but it wasn't exactly in great shape. This one is so classically historic, though, and the lettering (most of it, at least) is in near-perfect condition after at least 75 years. It would be a shame if one day soon it's trashed to make way for a liquor store.