Monday, November 14, 2016

Long Live Loft's

A bright spot when we can really use one:  word downtown is that Two Boots Pizza has decided to save the old Loft's Candy sign on Nassau Street.  The Loft's sign was unearthed earlier this year with the removal of newer signage at the pizza chain's soon-to-open downtown location.  In an almost too-good-to-hope-for scenario, the sign will be restored and re-lit in situ.  The specialists from Let There Be Neon have already salvaged the sign's glass tubes for restoration at their shop in TriBeCa.  

Let the work begin:  Loft's Candy restoration in progress (Let There Be Neon on Instagram)

LTBN's Jeff Friedman tells us that the tubes will be refreshed (the existing tubes will be re-pumped with gas and fitted with new electrodes), the metal channel letters cleaned, and new transformers installed for a re-lighting to take place sometime in the coming months.  Let There Be Neon has previously restored a number of notable favorites among New York's old neon storefront signs, including the Long Island Restaurant in Brooklyn, the Beatrice Inn in Greenwich Village, as well as Gringer's Appliances and Russ & Daughters in the East Village.  

For more on the Loft's sign, see previous posts 1 2 & 3 at this blog.  Stay tuned for more details on the grand re-lighting as they become available.  


Untapped Cities will sponsor one more Greenwich Village Neon Walking Tour this fall:

 Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (7:30 PM)

Tickets available here - please join us if you can!