Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Hillside & Jamaica, Queens
Here are a few of the photos from my expedition across Queens earlier this week. I was disappointed to find that one of my destinations, Nino’s Pizzeria, is empty (though the place is for rent — someone please open a great pizza place here and re-light the sign) and the florist on the same block I had hopes for is still operating but the fantastic sign is defunct.
The scary flame & steak face above is a detail from the great T-Bone Diner sign, one of two for diners I saw. I was a little disappointed at first by the other —the Georgia Diner — as the sign closer to Queens Boulevard is partly out, but another sign by the parking lot is fully lit. While I would change the purple (maybe for green?), it’s still a great sign. The painting on the peach is incredible. The neon on the diner itself is a bit odd — abstract, but sort of oceany looking, with hypnotic yellow swirls that blink on and off in a dizzying pattern (someday I’ll upgrade to a camera that can shoot video!) Still, though, the peach alone makes this 24-diner worth a look.
Midland Wine & Liquor (top photo) was a happy discovery near Nino’s that made the trip to the end of the F line worth it, and the A&S Subway Bar nearby, where a sign in the window promises live cricket, has a nice little roof sign as well. Elmhurst Animal Emergency Hospital had a nice little menagerie (besides the cat above (love that it has an eye!), a dog and a bird). The red cross above I like a lot, though it was just a small window sign for a place that seemed to just be called “Family Medicine” nearby. All in all, a great bunch of neon in the Borough of Queens.