(in Eltingville, Staten Island on Richmond Road btwn Oakdale Street & Lyndale Lane)
I made it to Staten Island at last! And I even found some good neon, though the sign I went for was not on (apparently it’s on a timer, which hasn’t yet been set back for the end of Daylight Savings Time — I’ll have to go again later this winter). I stumbled across this sign, though, by following a hunch, and also got to see Delco Drug’s sister sign, which is for Lenny’s Cleaners, mostly on (except part of Laundry and the tail of the Y in Lenny’s) before I left, since I ended up walking for a solid two and a half hours in search of neon, mostly through dark and lonely suburbs full of crowded, overgrown ranch homes. I know there’s more neon hiding in Staten Island. I will find it! I definitely need to go wander around St. George, too (there’s gotta be at least one good sign there, right?), but after the walking and the 90 minutes by subway, ferry, and Staten Island Railroad (!) to get there, and another 90 minutes back, I didn’t have time or energy last night.
In my wanderings, I did come across a few nice little signs, but Lenny’s and Eltingville Pharmacy were really the highlights. This sign, in classic neon pink, is behind a fine mesh, but the mesh is nearly invisible, and I think I prefer that to plastic. Naked neon is the best, of course, but mesh isn’t the end of the world.
I wonder if this sign was made by the same people who made the Delco Drugs & Lenny’s Cleaners signs? It’s just down the street from them, and has a similar very precise script lettering. Lovely! In ‘Pharmacy’ I love the way the cross-pieces (is there a real typographic name for that?) in the R and A don’t connect on the left side, I love the solid proportions of the letters, and I love seeing the little bends and holes where the tubes dive backstage to connect up. And I really love the script on the left, especially the Greek e at the end and the elegance of the intitial E. Perfect!
Now if I can just find a few more hidden neon gems in Richmond County. Any tips?