Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hudson River Neon, Part 2 - Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia and Greene Counties

With the Hudson Valley's autumn leaves about to peak in the next few weeks, we bring you the second installment of this two-part round-up of upstate neon (and a few non-neon signs that were just too great to leave out).  
Part 2 features a not-comprehensive selection of signs found in Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, and Greene counties, along with one or two from Albany and Rensellaer (the Capital District is chock-a-block with a fine collection of great old neon that really warrants a post of its own - maybe one day...).  If you haven't yet, be sure to look over Part 1 featuring signs of the lower Hudson Valley.  Many thanks to Rob Yasinsac for collaborating in this venture.
Did we miss some?  We've got a few more over at – and see also Debra Jane Seltzer's gallery of upstate signs.

The Derby / 96 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie Diner / 59 Market Street, Poughkeepsie 

Imperial Lounge / Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Gone now, I think.

Sharkey's / Main Street, Poughkeepsie
A surprisingly good reincarnation of the old Sharkey's Appliances sign - Sharkey's itself is long gone, but the building owner thankfully had the sign faithfully re-fabricated.  Here's what it used to look like.   

Dutchess Center / Rt. 44, Poughkeepsie

CafĂ© Aurora / 145 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie

Juliet Billiards / Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie
Formerly, of course, the Juliet movie theater.  The "CAFE" copy was added when the old theater was converted into a billiards hall.

Mulligan's Irish House / New Hackensack Road, Poughkeepsie

The Milanese / 115 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
The arrow flashes.

Town Shop / Rt. 9, Poughkeepsie

The Roosevelt Inn / 4360 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park

9G Drive In Theatre / 1234 Route 9G, Hyde Park
Gone now, sadly.

Wayside Trailer Park / Wilbur Road, Pleasant Valley

Mystery Motel / Taconic State Parkway, Pleasant Valley

Millerton Diner (now Oakhurst Diner) / 19 Main St, Millerton
Not an especially old sign - the diner now has a new name and a re-lettered sign.

Foster's Coach House / 6411 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck
Made 1942 by Servicenter Neon Sign Co. of Poughkeepsie

Northern Dutchess Pharmacy / 18 East Market Street, Rhinebeck

Village Diner / Rt. 9, Red Hook

Ship Lantern Inn / Rt. 9W, Milton

Hilltop Cabins / Rt. 9W near Esopus

Friendly Acres / Somewhere near Esopus

Eng’s Chinese / 726 Broadway, Kingston

The Mohican Co. / John Street, Kingston

Astoria Hotel / 435 Main St., Rosendale

Orpheum Theatre / 156 Main Street, Saugerties  

Main Street Bar & Grill (now Main Street Restaurant) / 244 Main Street, Saugerties

Lachmann’s Bakery (now HV Dessert Co.) / 264 Main Street, Saugerties

Vozdik Realty / Saugerties

Clock / Partition Street, Saugerties
Dying to see this one in action!

Exchange Hotel / 217 Main St, Saugerties
Not sure if one can still rent rooms here, but the bar is still alive and kickin' - one of your better bets for late night libation in town.  

Elm Tree Motel / 1384 RT 23, Craryville
Sign seems to be gone now, ditched for a modern replacement.  How they could get red of this beauty I'll never understand.

Ancram Hotel / Rt 82, Ancram

West Taghkanic Diner / Route 82 @ Taconic Parkway, Taghkanic (See also

Martindale Chief / 1000 New York 23, Martindale
Lesser-known twin to the West Taghkanic Diner, once under the same management.

Ye Olde 1811 Inn / 2 Austerlitz St., Chatham

High-Way Drive-In Theatre / Route 9W, Catskill

Red’s Restaurant / 12005 Rt. 9W, West Coxsackie, NY

IOOF Odd Fellows Hall / Main Street South, Castleton-on-Hudson

Grand Hotel / Albany Ave, Nassau

South End Tavern / 757 Burden Avenue, Troy

Hotel Wellington / State Street, Albany
The old Hotel Wellington was mostly razed not long after this photograph was taken.  A portion of the facade remains but sadly the sign didn't make it.

The Trojan Hotel / Third Street, Troy


  1. Great pics sir. Thanks for sharing them. Wish there were more neon nowadays.

  2. Nice I live in Ulster County now from NYC originally, there are a lot of signs in Hudson, NY. Here is one: