Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New York Neon In The News

As a rule, I like to keep these blog posts a bit more substantive than simple ledger entries of media mentions.  This week, however, finds me still swamped promoting the neon book.  So – here are some media mentions to tide you over, and a few small news items.  

And in the meantime, please join me at the Skyscraper Museum on Thursday, November 29, 2012, for an hour-long old neon appreciation sojourn.  I’m hoping for a full-fledged return to the usual spellbinding content next week.  

• Chris Kokenes of CNN interviewed me for this piece, which appeared on Monday (11/26/12).
• A nice redux in the Urban Resources blog.
• A story and interview in Saturday’s (11/24/12) Wall Street Journal by Andy Battaglia.

• Bad news on 3rd Ave – Sarge's Deli has burned down.  From the JVNY and Lost City blogs.  What Sarge’s sign lacked in exposed tubage (channel letters closed in plexi) it more than made up for with great script letterforms – and even greater food and ambience within.  Here's wishing them (and their upstairs neighbors) a speedy recovery.

 Over at the Lost City blog, two old NYC neon signs I'd never seen before – the Skyview Deli in Riverdale and the Pitta Funeral Home in Brooklyn – one of which is already gone (curses!). 


 Nov. 29, 2012 at the Skyscraper Museum
 Jan. 24, 2013 at the 92nd Street Y TriBeCa 


  1. J. Fitzpatrick, Yonkers, NYNovember 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I'm a avid reader of your blog and a preservation enthusiast in lower westchester. Congratualations on the publication of NYN. Have you considered chronicling disappearing neon in other big cities? Obviously NYC is the neon capital of the US, but what about showcasing Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, etc? What are your favorite cities abroad to view old neon? Can you reccommend any resources? Thanks.

  2. Great to see a book about neon generating so much buzz. The propaganda exaggerating the energy efficiency of LED signs seems to be, in the past, pushing neon out of favor.

    I'm happy to see events like your book release pushing a bit of a neon revival.