Queens Wine & Liquor
In Ridgewood, Queens on Myrtle Avenue between Forest and 71st Avenues
Jones Surgical Co.
in Forest Hills on Metropolitan Avenue @ 71st Street
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.
Midland Wine & Liquor
in Hillside on Hillside Avenue between 180th & 181st Streets
Guh, what did Flickr do to this photo? The printouts are much lovelier and less noisy than this.
in Parkchester, The Bronx, on Westchester Avenue at St. Lawrence Avenue
Mercer Street Books (detail)
(on Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker)
On Henry Street at Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights
I love the graphic simplicity of this sign — I often use it as a logo or icon.
Imperial Vintner Wine
on Hudson Street between W11th and Bank Streets in the West Village