Showing posts with label ghost signage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ghost signage. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2022

An early 1960s look at the SW corner of 14th Street and Avenue A

OK, for starters: the above photo IS NOT an early 1960s look at the SW corner of 14th Street and Avenue A. It is an early morning Aug. 20 look at the SW corner of 14th Street and Avenue A. 

Anyway, yesterday, Bayou shared the photo of the ghost signage for "Appetizers" on what was most recently New Herbal World. 

As a follow-up, EVG regular Edmund John Dunn, who grew up nearby with his family, shared the following photo... of his brother (photoshopped to protect his privacy!) from the early 1960s... the photographer is looking to the east, with the corner of Avenue A visible in the background... as well as the ConEd plant in the distance ... 
Here's a blown-up look without getting too grainy...
On the corner is a Horn and Hardart retail store (not an automat) ... then a greeting cards store... then Mindy's luncheonette... then the deli/shop with the appetizing sign. 

The previous post on the ghost signage has a little more history about the place. 

Meanwhile, back to that top photo, workers dispensed with the ghost signage in combining the storefronts — New Herbal World and Lower East Side Coffee Shop for the next tenant: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Some appetizing ghost signage uncovered on 14th Street

Workers today uncovered ghost signage at 442 E. 14th St. at Avenue A... a sign for "Appetizers" on what was most recently New Herbal World. (Thanks to Bayou for sharing this photo!

Some time/day we'll dig into the NYPL Digital Collections to see what this business may have been. 

And the workers are — per some EVG reader reports — combining this space with the former Lower East Side Coffee Shop for a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

12th Street ghost signage



In recent days, a crew has been working on 188 Second Ave. at 12th Street ... where they have uncovered some ghost signage — LEANERS.



This was likely one of the many shops in the area specializing in horseshoes. Leaning, of course, is the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against — but not encircle — the stake, a game popular in early saloons. In a different era, it became a place for Leaners, who have attitudes and behaviors that are very similar to those of partisans.

Kidding, it was a cleaners of some sort.

The space is currently home to Strings, home of the Monster Hell Ramen Challenge.

Thanks to Shiv and everyone who sent in photos of the signs!

Friday, September 27, 2019

[UPDATED] Flashback Friday: When the Cable Doctor was in



EVG reader Shiv shares this signage reveal from 14th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue... where the Cable Doctor (1996-2013?) was uncovered... this space was most recently Aum Shanti.

And one of these days Williamsburg Pizza is expected to take this space along with the former Krust Pizzeria next door.

Updated 8 p.m.

Whoa. One more layer of signage has been revealed! EVG regular Bayou shared this! Anyone remember Dairycrest Frozen Custard?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ghost signage plywood on 7th Street



A recent item to note. EVG reader Paul Gale spotted this on the Seventh Street side of 113 First Ave., where workers are apparently ripping out the wall for more windows at the E Smoke & Convenience shop.

Next to the MCA mural (which we hear is staying put) are pieces of an old wooden sign...



As Paul points out, it's upside down, but it reads:

H. WOLLIN
Surgeon Dentist
Crown

This was, of course, from the era in which "surgeons" pedaling jacket crowns were as prevalent as today's bubble-tea shops. As I reported at the time, these crowns were effective, but didn’t last long because of microcracking that occurred during the cooling phase of fabrication and caused issues to the crown and underlying tooth or gum. The later introduction of dicor crowns, which were cemented with zinc phosphate, were more effective.

Anyway, another reader suggested that this plywood may be remnants of some period piece that filmed in the neighborhood. ("Mrs Maisel"?)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tuesday's parting shot



A not-too-old (15 years?) ghost signage reveal at the former Foot Gear Plus on First Avenue at St. Mark's Place... the shop closed in July 2018 after 40-plus years on this corner.

The empty storefront is currently being divided up into several retail spaces.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ghost signage reveal at the former Raul Candy Store



Someone has removed the Raul Candy Store sign from 205 Avenue B between 12th Street and 13th Street.

And as this photo by Gojira shows, there's ghost signage now on the storefront for Gift Shop and Cosmetics. Raul opened here in 1981, so it's presumably from the previous tenant.

As for Raul Candy Store, Raul Santiago, 75, and his wife Petra Olivieri, 70, decided to retire, closing up on Feb. 28.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Another look at that 5th Street ghost signage



Back in January, Derek Berg spotted this ghost signage that workers uncovered while renovating the storefronts at 317 E. Fifth St.

Derek shared these photos from yesterday from here between First Avenue and Second Avenue ... you can now make out the sign a little better — Cort Wines and Lager Beer.



Here's some building history via Village Preservation:

This five-story with basement tenement was built in 1867, together with No. 319 East 5th Street. The two buildings share the same facade design.

The present facade features a molded bracketed cornice, arched window lintels with dentils, bracketed sills, and a segmentally-arched door hood above the entrance that remains at the top of the stoop. The basement level storefronts feature galvanized iron cornices that were added in 1893.

Some EVG Facebook friends believe that Cort Wines and Lager Beer might have been the building's very first retail tenant.

Meanwhile, the under-renovation space is nearly ready for another tenant...



The listing doesn't mention the rent.



Ghost signage fans may want to get over there sooner rather than later to check out Cort Wines and Lager Beer.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ghost signage reveal on 5th Street



Workers renovating 317 E. Fifth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue uncovered this ghost signage today ... Derek Berg spotted this earlier today... Wines & Lager Beer (early BEER STORE?)... I can't quite make out the first name (Cosrt?)...



Updated 1/27

I looked at the city tax photos for this address ... a business is in the space, though it doesn't have this wine/lager signage...



Can't quite make out the sign ...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gelato shop opens on Avenue A



Workers removed the plywood from around the northwest corner space on Avenue A and Ninth Street back on Friday. (Thanks to EVG regular Daniel for the photos.)



As previously noted, a gelato shop is opening here... the place is called Gelarto ... (it appears to be the first U.S. outpost of this Italian brand)...



Gelarto opened on Sunday afternoon ... an EVG reader said they have a variety of gelato flavors as well as milkshakes and cappuccinos.


[Photo by Steven]

A help-wanted ad for the place describes it like this: "We are a Gelato Café in the east village of Manhattan. Think sophisticated flavors, italian cafe and the Italian lifestyle our product hails from. We handcraft all of our gelato from scratch in Italy. We also prepare gelato creations."

Previously here ... Cafe Pick Me Up moved out in May 2015 after 20 years in business. They were housed at 145 and 147 Avenue A, and had two different landlords — Icon on the left, Steve Croman on the right. Café manager Rossella Palazzo told DNAinfo in March 2015 that a rent hike from No. 145 landlord Icon Realty was the reason for the closure.

Updated 6/21

The bricks were painted white out front.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Rent hike forcing Cafe Pick Me Up into its smaller space next door on Avenue A (59 comments)

[Updated] Cafe Pick Me Up expected to close for good after May 31

Ghost signage and (eventually) gelato at 9th Street and Avenue A

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ghost signage and (eventually) gelato at 9th Street and Avenue A



Workers have been gutting the former Cafe Pick Me Up space at 145 Avenue A at Ninth Street... multiple readers have noted that some ghost signage has been exposed from a previous business — Wholesale Wine & Liquor Merchant... EVG Ghost Signage Correspondent Steven took these photos...









Anyway! As for the new tenant, word from a worker here is a gelato shop.

Cafe Pick Me Up moved out in May 2015 after 20 years in business. They were housed at 145 and 147 Avenue A, and had two different landlords — Icon on the left, Steve Croman on the right.

Café manager Rossella Palazzo told DNAinfo in March 2015 that a rent hike from No. 145 landlord Icon Realty was the reason for the closure. (Icon listed the storefrontat $15,000 a month for the space, which includes 600 square feet on the ground floor and 724 square feet in the basement.)

Previously on EV Grieve:
Rent hike forcing Cafe Pick Me Up into its smaller space next door on Avenue A (59 comments)

[Updated] Cafe Pick Me Up expected to close for good after May 31

Friday, January 27, 2017

Office space on St. Mark's Place back on the market and still ghost free



Back in July 2014, a unique "for lease" sign arrived for the basement office space at 92 St. Mark's Place just east of First Avenue.

Among other amenities, the sign boasted that the office had "Real see-thru windows" ... "Real walls!" ... and! "No ghosts!"

Well, the sign has returned...



And there still aren't any ghosts...



As I recall, this space was off the market for a long while after the fire on the first floor in August 2014.

H/T @aureliovoltaire

Thursday, January 5, 2017

That new old look at 2A



EVG reader Heather shared these photos from yesterday... showing the work continuing outside 2A on Avenue A and Second Street...



We've actually heard from quite a few curious readers in recent months about the ghost signage. Per Heather: "I hope these vintage glass ads are a beautiful discovered jewel from the past and not a horrible re-branding of the bar."

These are actual signs from a long-ago business here that sold children's clothing and novelties... They were first discovered late last spring when the roll down gates needed to be replaced. (See our post here from May.) And the folks at 2A said that the ghost signage will remain part of the bar's renovated facade.

The building at 25 Avenue A was built in the late 1860s ... and was first the home of the Teutonia Savings Bank. Read more about the history at Daytonian in Manhattan.

2A opened in 1985.

Friday, November 11, 2016

This post still has nothing to do with the East Village, except for the part about 2 Boots Pizza



As I first noted back on Sept. 16, renovations for a Two Boots on Nassau Street in the Financial District turned up ghost signage for onetime tenant Loft's Candies...

It was unknown if Two Boots would keep the neon or have it removed...

Now East Village-based photographers James and Karla Murray report via Instagram that 2 Boots will be restoring the sign.

Per James and Karla: "Instead of just removing the signage, the good news is that Two Boots will be restoring the sign ... We love when we hear that a new tenant appreciates the history of a store and its signage. In this case, the Loft's sign features the candy store's mid century logotype."

The work on the sign started earlier this week...



Two Boots, which got its start on Avenue A (different location than its current home) in 1987, now has 17 locations in six states.

Previously on EV Grieve:
This post has nothing to do with the East Village, except for the part about 2 Boots Pizza

Friday, September 16, 2016

This post has nothing to do with the East Village, except for the part about 2 Boots Pizza


Workers recently removed the sign from a women's discount boutique on Nassau Street down in the Financial District ... revealing cool ghost neon signage for Loft's Candies...


Per Wikipedia, English immigrant William Loft opened a candy store on Canal Street in 1860... at one point they were the "largest maker and seller of candy in the world in the second decade of the 20th century." In 1941, Loft merged with PepsiCo. By 1990, the last Loft's retail store had closed.

I have no idea when this location ceased operations. The storefront had been home to a Lily's Boutique in recent years. According to the Commercial Observer, Two Boots Pizza will be opening its first Lower Manhattan location here ... complete with a pizzeria and bar/lounge.

Two Boots, which got its start on Avenue A (different location than its current home) in 1987, now has 17 locations in six states.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ghost signage uncovered at the now-closed Loisaida Ave. Deli on Avenue C


[Image via]

The deli on Avenue C at East Fourth Street was open for business yesterday ... but closed today... and @artisanmatters passes along the ghost signage that workers uncovered ... a few years back when it was the Los Muchachos Supermarket ...



Not sure the status at the moment of the Loisaida Ave. Deli ... perhaps a renovation?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Revisiting Luigi's 3rd Ave. Pizza


[Last Saturday]

Ghost signage for Luigi's 3rd Ave. Pizza recently appeared on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and East 12th Street. Via the magic of Facebook, we found two photos of Luigi's when it was open in the early to mid 1980s…





The photos are by John Fensten, whose daughter Susan Fensten shared them with us.

The corner space is now being fitted for a Funkiberry Premium Frozen Yogurt shop.

Previously on EV Grieve:
DOUBLE ghost signage discovered at 88 3rd Ave.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today in ghost signage


[April 1]

Jeez, how did we miss this? (Please don't answer the question. We're very sensitive.) Two weeks back Molly at the International told us about the ghost signage that workers found (and subsequently dropped) at the Golden Food Market on First Avenue and East Seventh Street.

Apparently, workers found another old sign … this was preserved … and is now hanging up on the market's south-facing wall…



So the East 7th Deli came after the Warsaw Bakery… anyone remember the place?



Thanks to newly deputized EVG Ghost Signage Correspondent ~evilsugar for this tip.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Warsaw Bakery sign makes a brief reappearance on First Avenue

Monday, April 14, 2014

DOUBLE ghost signage discovered at 88 3rd Ave.



Earlier last month, EVG reader Dave from 14th Street noted the above ghost signage that workers uncovered while converting the former Amici Pizza into (heh) a Funkiberry Premium Frozen Yogurt shop.

NOW!

EVG regular ~evilsugar notes that there was ghost signage under the Lawrence & Paul's Pizza & Restaurant ghost signage…



Here's a better shot via Scoboco … showing Luigi's 3rd Ave. Pizza…



Meanwhile, the remains of the the Lawrence & Paul's sign are now in the dumpster on Third Avenue…



Previously on EV Grieve:
Stuff that you can't make up: More FroYo for the East Village

Ghost signage uncovered on Third Avenue and East 12th Street