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Vintage Neon of the East Village Walking Tour

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The East Village is blessed with an especially dense concentration of vintage neon signs. Signs like these advertised businesses large and small throughout the city beginning in the 1920s and 30s. They fell out of favor in the 1960s thanks to rising costs, restrictive zoning ordinances, and the prevalence of cheaper alternatives. In recent years, old neon storefront signs have all but disappeared as independent businesses across NYC have succumbed to rent hikes and old age.

The tour will take us past about a dozen signs dating to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including that of the Orpheum Theatre, possibly the oldest surviving neon sign in New York. We will see them at dusk, as they start to come to light and when they look their best. Some have been beautifully restored; all are in perpetual danger of disappearing. We will discuss their materials, design, origins and future.

Our guide is the author of the book "New York Neon," a photographic tribute to these vanishing signs throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City. Meeting point will be announced to ticket holders shortly in advance of the tour date.



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