Hey, I actually did a proper neon visit for a change. I can see that the photo-only format is pretty popular (I know the internet likes cats, but I had no idea it liked cats this much!), but here are a few words for you.
I love this sign, which although not technically on the sidewalk is visible from it. I love that it’s entirely abstract, and that it’s exuberantly colorful. I especially love it in the context of the dim, grotty loft interior. It’s the perfect beacon to guide you to a wonderful shop.
Kiosk is definitely my favorite shop in SoHo — more like a museum of design where you can buy things. But unlike most such places, the stuff is all very affordable. There are usually a couple of things over $100, but most of the stock is much less and many of the objects are under $20. I picked up two great drinking glasses, only $6 each! I may have to go back for the larger size.
The assortment at Kiosk rotates regularly, and is generally a selection of objects from one particular country, with a few ongoing all-time hits from previous collections.
It sounds like Kiosk won’t be able to hang on in Soho much longer, so visit while you can. Look for the hot pink arrow outside. (I love the way the arrow’s corners turn — you can see it better from the side.)
Look in and the sign below will give you a clue that the graffiti-covered stairs are all part of the plan. There’s more cool neon inside the shop, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself.
Upper East Side Shoe Repair Shops
(For names and locations, see the Neon Shoes set on Flickr)
I’m dealing with a lot extra-curricular crap at the moment, including heartbreak and a dead fridge, so I’m a bit behind on everything, including Project Neon posts. I’ll try to catch up over the next few days.
First up: a couple of weekends ago I went on a photo walk on the Upper East Side. I was particularly hunting one of my favorite types of neon signs: shoe repair shop signs.
I know they’re probably off the shelf as often as custom made (and I usually vastly prefer custom neon), but there’s something so charming about the giant shoes, even when they’re anatomically imposible. I also love how New Yorkish they are — we need a lot of shoe repair with all the pavement pounding we do.
John’s, (which I made a proper visit to last year) above, is probably my favorite for it’s colorful minimalism, but Sam’s is great, too, especially when you see it together with the other half, also featuring curly eses. The giant Andrade loafers are also excellent. So many great neon shoes, boots, heels, and more.
I know there are a jillion more of these signs, both on the Upper East Side and elsewhere. I need to have more neon shoe walks to hunt down as many of these as I can find. Unfortunately as you can see above, many of them are behind bars by the time darkness sets it, so it may be next winter before I really get the photo set filled in properly.
Last night I bundled up, packed my binoculars, and subwayed over to Battery Park to see the comet. It was frigid, but the sunset was lovely, and I made the happy discovery that the Colgate Clock is back on over in Jersey. So an expedition there soon if I can work out the logistics. Or maybe I’ll wait until it’s a *little* bit warmer.