Thursday, November 5

The old-school soda sign of a Brooklyn grocery


"As mom and pop delis and luncheonettes disappear from the five boroughs, so do the wonderful 'privilege' signs affixed to them. But one continues to hang on in Brooklyn at the leafy, brownstone-beautiful corner of Lafayette Avenue and Cumberland Street. 'Lafayete' Grocery & Dairy is a bodega that maintains a vintage Coca-Cola sign. There’s no word on exactly how old the sign is, but oddly, it was spelled correctly back in 2009 before the place underwent a renovation. Much older signage can be seen on facade of the building, which likely went up in the 1870s (and once served as home base of the New Diamond Point Pen Company): the names Lafayette and what looks like Cumberland carved in the corner. These corner-cut street signs can be seen all over New York’s oldest neighborhoods."
Ephemeral New York

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