Gotham City Peep Show
(in Times Square on 8th Avenue between W 43rd & W 44th Streets)
A last reminder: the Project Neon giveaway ends tonight (Saturday) at midnight. Enter now!
I thought now might be a good time to point y’all to a short list of blogs of interest to neon fans. All are recommended!
First and foremost: the New York Neon blog. You’ve seen me link to it repeatedly — it’s chock full of great history and photos & drawings of neon signs. Don’t miss this recent post on the wonderful Riverside Liquors sign for just one small example.
Roadside Architecture is the behind-the-website blog of Debra Jane Seltzer and her sidekicks. The website it’s behind is the enormous and encyclopedic RoadsideArchitecture.com site. Definitely worth visiting!
Ephemeral New York’s beat often includes historic New York neon.
Eater New York isn’t neon or even signage related, but in covering the latest news of the city’s bars and restaurants, they often break news about neon signs.
DNA Info New York is very local neighborhood news of the city, and again, often breaks news about local neon signs.
Shorpy serves up amazing vintage photos daily. Search for neon and you’re in for a treat.
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York will keep you up to date on the latest losses in the city, large and small, often just ahead of the wrecking ball so you can pay a last visit.
Where else do you get your neon news?
Hey, only one day left to enter the Project Neon giveaway! Get over there now before time runs out!
I should probably have posted this yesterday, huh? But today is National Leftovers Day, right? I made a squab instead of a turkey yesterday, but there are still plenty of leftovers. Post-Thanksgiving sandwich here I come!
My internet is very nearly kaput and I don’t have the energy to face the epic battle that is calling Verizon at the moment, so I think I’ll go do some offline writing and drawing instead. I wish instead of National Buy Crap Day, today was Make Something Day. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I do promise to queue up more neon photos soon, though, and I’m hoping to get out to photograph some neon later this weekend.
Now go enter the giveaway then make yourself a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich for luck!
East Side Cafe
(in Grammercy on 23rd Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
PROJECT NEON GIFT GUIDE
Before we begin: Don’t forget to enter the Project Neon giveaway! Only one week left!
Oh, would you look at that? The gifting season is nearly upon us. While Project Neon firmly believes any day is a good day for presents, we can’t help appreciating a good gifting frenzy. If any of your giftees are fellow Project Neon fans, have a look at the suggestions below. And if not, perhaps you’ll find a nice present for yourself. After all, you *do* deserve a treat!
Not all of these items are directly neon related, but they all share a certain spirit with Project Neon, and they’re all things I either already own or wish I did.
Of course you should check out Project Neon’s very own Etsy shop first. It’s a limited selection at the moment, but the 2014 calendars make great gifts! I’m also working on an exciting new product — it’s going to take a little testing, though, so it may not be ready in time for the holidays. And I’m also looking at bringing back the ever popular Neon ABCs poster — I’ll keep you updated on that. Plus if you’re looking for a custom gift, like a print of one of my photos, let me know and I’ll put up a listing for you.
Project Neon also heartily recommends buying gifts from shops with great neon signs. Need a fishing rod? A gift certificate for dinner? A fancy bottle of booze? A night out? Include a photo of the sign on the card for bonus gifting points!
New York Neon, by Thomas Rinaldi, is a fantastic book full of beautiful New York neon photos and lots of great neon sign history. Every neon lover should own this!
Polish Cold War Neon by Ilona Karwinska has less context, but is chock full of really beautiful photographs of neon signs throughout Poland. Another A+ gift for any neon fan.
If you’re in the New York area, a neon class at Brooklyn Glass would be a unique and unforgettable gift. The “Intro to Neon" weekend class is great hands-on introduction to neon bending.
Perhaps your giftee is, like me, also interested in hand-painted signs? If so, Sign Painters by Faythe Levine is the perfect present.
A mix of beautiful signs (including both hand-painted and neon) populate the pages of the wonderful Pittsburgh Sign Project book (can you tell I’m a book worm?), by Mark Stroup, Elizabeth Perry, and my fantastic friends, Jennifer Baron and Greg Langel. Highly recommended!
More gifts from people I like: my talented friends Karen McBurnie and Jon Hammer have put together a great map of notable Manhattan bars for Herb Lester Associates. These bars are classics, and some even have great neon to boot. Never be at a loss for a place to imbibe again!
For the Cincinnati-based sign lover, you can gift a membership or even adopt a sign (to fund restoration) at the American Sign Museum.
For a friend with a lot of wall space, what about commissioning a custom neon sign? There are a bunch of great sign shops around, including Let There Be Neon, Lite Brite Neon, and Artistic Neon, to name just three.
You can sometimes find great vintage neon by searching Etsy or eBay. Worth a shot, though the nicer signs can sure be pricey!
Neon art is another great gift for those with the space to display it. Cleveland artist Jeffrey Chiplis creates glowing art out of found neon pieces, one of which I saw recently at the Scope art fair.
A good gift for photographers: snazzy Ona camera bags. I use the insert to safely tote my camera around in my regular bag.
And if all else fails, an always happily received gift for photographers (current or aspiring) is a gift certificate to B&H or Adorama (or your local photo shop).
OK, did I miss anything? What Project Neon-ish presents are on your wish list this year?
No, no one paid to be on this list. Project Neon is not Big Time like that, at least not yet!
Hey-O! It’s a Neonistic Giveaway!
Because the number of Project Neon followers has rocketed well past 1,000 (just on Tumblr — not even counting email & RSS readers!), I’m saying thank you by giving away one or more items from the Project Neon Etsy shop. You can win your choice of a 2014 Project Neon calendar or an 8”x10 print.
I hope things go smoothly, but I’ve never used Rafflecopter before, so please be patient if there are a few bumps on the road. I can’t put the entry widget in a post, so visit the Giveaway page on the website: http://projectneon.tumblr.com/giveaway and you’ll see there are a few ways to enter. You can comment on this post, tweet about the giveaway, follow Project Neon on Twitter, or like the Facebook page. Any of those things will get you an entry. Doing more of them gets you more entries.
Don’t be shy about spreading the word — if more than 50 people enter, I’ll add TWO more prizes. If waaaay more people enter, I’ll think about adding even more.
I’ve opened this up to residents of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the EU. (I’m afraid anywhere else is just going to be too expensive for me to foot the postal bill — apologies if you live elsewhere.)
You have until the end of November to enter. The winner(s) will be notified by email and must reply within 48 hours or forfeit their prize. If you have any questions let me know. Good luck!
House of Wine and Liquor
In Midtown on 34th Street near 2nd Avenue
Tell me, what’s your favorite month from the calendar or photo from the Project Neon Etsy shop?
in Greenpoint on Nassau Avenue at Guernsey Street
Oh, hey, you guys — I just found out from the New York Neon Blog about a great Kickstarter you should support! Greenpointers is making a documentary about neon signs and how they are made. Very cool! Even cooler, it will feature the very talented Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, and will also include an interview with New York neon historian Thomas Rinaldi.
Hurry! It ends on Sunday, so get your pledge in and help them make their goal. They’re very close, but they won’t get anything unless they make it by the deadline. Help them cross the finish line!
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
in Forest Hills, Queens on Metropolitan Avenue between 72nd Avenue & 72nd Road
OK, I have had a bunch of browser tabs with neon-related news open for WEEKS now and a pile-up of neon related emails to myself, meaning to share the links with you. Coming soon: a list of more timely blogs to follow!
Without further ado, some neon news of note:
Is that enough reading to keep you busy for a while? Don’t forget tomorrow is the end of Daylight Savings Time in most of the US, which means the best nighttime neon season is upon us. Take some time tomorrow evening to admire the glow of neon!
Getcher 2014 handmade Project Neon 2014 calendar now over at the Etsy shop! The calendars are twelve 4” x 6” loose leaf pages, so you can frame them, hang them with a binder clip, or just tack them to the wall. The price is $25 — a bargain for 12 lovely photos carefully printed on heavyweight matte paper.
A couple of people had asked about larger calendars. The paper, ink, and shipping costs would be considerably higher, but I’m going to do some tests and will add a larger size if I can do it for a reasonable price.
These are all photos from Project Neon (and there’s a customization option where you can swap out one photo for the Project Neon photo of your choice. The calendar is a clean, basic design in Helvetica, with the dates of major holidays — including Project Neon’s birthday — in bold & color.
I’ve also listed a few photos. If you’d like to buy a different photo or one of those photos in a different, If you have any questions, please let me know!
2014 Project Neon Calendar
Maybe for sale next week on Etsy
Hey, so I was thinking I needed a little wall calendar for next year, so I made this one. Maybe you would like one, too? It’s 4” x 6”, printed on heavyweight specially coated matte paper with archival inks. You can hang it with a binder or bulldog clip (or a magnetic bulldog clip), put it in a frame (if it’s under glass, you can write on it with an erasable pen!), use double-sided tape to mount all 12 at once, or just tack it to the wall. I had thought of getting out the jig saw and making a fancy stand, but in the interests of keeping things simple, I thought I’d just let you sort out how to hang it, OK? If I hear some rumblings of interest, I’ll aim to get it listed by next weekend on Etsy, probably for about $25 (a bargain for 12 lovely neon photos!), plus a couple bucks for domestic shipping.
Is this something that would interest you?
Elmhurst Animal Emergency Hospital
in Elmhurst on Queens Boulevard between 56th Avenue & 55th Road