(In Times Square on Broadway @ 49th)
You guys, I am heartbroken. The New York Times reports today that Colony Music in Times Square is likely to close soon. Could this be a false alarm? Maybe, but to be honest I always wondered how a sheet music store was able to hang on to such a prime piece of real estate in today’s Times Square. *Sigh* I’ve never been totally happy with my photos of the sign (the blue & red combo is always tricky to photograph since the blue tubes are pretty dim and red relatively bright), so maybe I’ll try to visit again this weekend and get some better photos. Or maybe I’ll finally do what I’ve been meaning to do and rent a better camera for a couple of days and see if that makes a difference.
I wish we could run a Kickstarter campaign to save Colony, but the world has changed and how many people even read music now? To be honest I haven’t been in lately so I’m not sure how much of their stock is now CDs or vinyl, but those, too, are becoming (have become?) artifacts of a bygone era.
The day Colony leaves will be a sad day for Times Square, for New York City, and for neonophiles everywhere. What will happen to the signs? Has anyone asked the owners? I’m a little bummed the New York Times article doesn’t even mention the iconic neon.
As those of you who follow along on Twitter have noticed, I took a trip to Amsterdam this month. Neon wasn’t my focus, but I took a few pics and will post a report soon.
In other Project Neon news, I’m still a bit slow on the neon explorations, as my back problems (herniated L5 disc and S2 sciatica) continue. I started physical therapy this week, though, so hopefully I’ll be fully up and running in time for the fall commencement of neon season.
For some great signage in the mean time, check out Roadside Architecture, a Project Neon favorite. She’s in the midst of a road trip now, and documenting all kinds of great signage, including neon.
Another video for your Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure: City Reliquary founder Dave Herman gives an introduction to the permanent collection and what the City Reliquary is all about. And don’t forget, if you haven’t seen the Project Neon show yet, now’s the time — it will probably be coming down in about a month.