• From the bad news department, Angelo's on Mulberry Street in Little Italy suffered a serious fire on February 17, 2018, and will be closed at least for several months.
Closed indefinitely due to fire: Angelo's of Mulberry Street. (T. Rinaldi)
• The official fork has been stuck in Two Boots Pizza's plan for the former Loft's Candy space on Nassau Street. A "space for rent" sign has gone up. This casts serious doubt on the future of the incredible Loft's sign, whose restoration was in progress.
Not so fast: Loft's neon resurrection in doubt. (T. Rinaldi)
• Also from the bad news department: we learned recently that Seward Wines and Liquors on Grand Street is no more.
RIP: Seward Park Wines & Liquors. (T. Rinaldi)
• From the Shorpy blog, the following:
> Neon Central - Times Square NYC, 1957
> Anytown Neon - Durham, NC, 1940
• Check out the American Sign Museum's "Save Our Signs" campaign.
• A lovely tribute to West 46th Street's legendary Barbetta Restaurant featured in the New York Times, with an honorable mention for the NY Neon blog, by writer Julie Besonen.
Pre-neon survivor: Barbetta's opalescent sign glows on over West 46th Street. (T. Rinaldi)
• In Jersey, the great TRENTON MAKES - THE WORLD TAKES sign has been LED-ed.
• Over at the Bowery Boys podcast, an evocative visit to the low years of Times Square in all its neon-clad glory.
• While listening to the Bowery Boys reminisce on 42nd Street's bygone grit, feast your eyes on these fantastic photos by Maggie Hop showing Times Square and environs awash in crumbling, grit-encrusted neon signs.
• And finally, from Debra Jane Seltzer, enough bad news to make you sick for a good long time. Debra Jane spent the first months of 2018 checking in on a few dozen of the old signs she's photographed across the country. The results of her survey are just plain heart breaking. Her state-by-state redux starts here.
Taking stock at Debra Jane Seltzer's Roadside Architecture blog.