This weekend saw the end for what many New Yorkers knew simply as The Coffee Shop, on Union Square. It first opened around 1960 as the Chase Coffee Shop. The Buildings Department dossier on its signage is (not surprisingly) confusing and incomplete, but includes a filing for a pretty cool looking set of fascia signs that would have gone with the big vertical sign we all know and love. For want of old photos, I’ve always wondered if these ever actually existed... As for the future of the vertical sign pictured here, it is sadly very much now in doubt as early reports are that the space is set to be gutted for - yes - a Chase bank.
So sad to hear that Route 66 #midcentury stalwart The Golden Spur in Glendora, California has closed. I last swung by here in 2014 — it’s a real loss, as the neon sign so vividly reminds us. (The neon was since replaced with LED rope and the sign repainted. I’m glad I snapped it the way you see it here.) A 1967 newspaper article wrote of the restaurant’s “air of enchantment” with its “inspiring views as a backdrop and the foothills surrounding you.” Now, it’s one more dusty memory along the Mother Road. #route66
Yonge Street Legends; mural by Adrian Hayles (@adrianhayles) featuring the likenesses of Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Jackie Shane, Shirley Matthews and Gordon Lightfoot, among others. It also features music venues like the Le Coq d’Or and Massey Hall as well as the Sam the Record Man sign.