Something about the Blockheads sign on Second Avenue and East 50th Street doesn't seem quite right. It looks like an old sign. But it also doesn't. The sheet metal wrapping the sides of its distinctive silhouette looks like it's been around a while. But the aluminum sign faces and the lettering are clearly not very old, nor has Blockheads (a local chain of Mexican restaurants) been around all that long (their web site dates the chain's inception to 1989). So I never counted it in my survey of New York's old neon signs.
Ex-Rex at 954 Second Ave. (T. Rinaldi)
• Very nice coverage of New York Neon in Friday's (10/19/12) New York Times, in Eve Kahn's Antiques Column.
IN OTHER NEON NEWS:
Further down 2nd Ave, some neon and other signs in photographs by Jim and Karla Murray.
Via the JVNY and ATZ blogs – Coney’s old Playland building is finally being demolished together with the hulk of its old sign.
In Detroit, Tiger Stadium is gone but preservationists managed to save the sign, which has just been re-lit. (Thanks to Eve Kahn for the link.)
Nov. 19, 2012 at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation