In Tremont, the Bronx on East Tremont Avenue at Park Avenue
Oh man, I am SO behind on Project Neon. Thanks for your patience! First of all, December 3rd was Project Neon’s birthday. Happy belated birthday, Project Neon! Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling up to any neon visits, but I hope to head out soon. I need some neon glow to get through these loooong winter nights.
In other neon news, congratulations to Erin S. for winning the Project Neon giveaway! I’ll be sending out your 2014 neon calendar this week!
Over on the New York Neon blog, a sad tradition: the list of neon signs we lost in the last year.
A slight change of operating procedure here — I’m going to start posting links, news, etc. (like the above) to the Project Neon Facebook page, rather than here on the blog, just to simplify things on my end.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Frank’s, but isn’t the neon wonderful? It lights up that corner of Tremont Avenue like gangbusters. More views over on Flickr.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?