In the post, I speculated on how exactly they worked. Says Kliegl Bros: "One special constructed switch which is operated without inserting a card or other contrivance, by simply operating the numbers, units, tens and hundreds on handle and pressing the handle inward, makes the correct connections quickly. . . . Any printed card with numbers can be given patrons, so that on return of same, the proper carriage can be called by attendant." In other words, sort of like the take-a-number system over at the DMV. Mystery solved!
• Charles St. may have lost its neon, but St. Charles still has its – from James and Karla Murray, an absolutely gorgeous photo of the St. Charles Garage "for Transients" over on East 60th Street.
• A painful loss on the horizon: the Back Fence, on Bleecker, set to close in the coming weeks.
• Much as I hate to be the bearer of really sh*tty news ... the rest of Hinsch's neon seems to have come down, "for repairs." Don't hold your breath. Thanks to Debra Jane Seltzer for the link.
• Speculation on the future of the Watchtower sign in Brooklyn Heights.
(Rolando Pujol's instagram)
• Check out this really great write-up on New York Neon over at The Bowery Boys blog!
The Inn on the Hudson, nee the Peekskill Inn. (T. Rinaldi, above, Rob Yasinsac, below).
• Not neon, but of the same ilk: Jeremiah's Vanishing New York reports that the now-shuttered Elk Hotel's "Entrance on 42nd Street" signage, a relic of seedy Times Square hiding in plain sight at 43rd and 9th, is now hiding somewhere else.
• Way out of the tristate, but neon news nonetheless – some spectacular Pontiac dealer signage "gone the way of the Pontiac" in Orlando, Florida.