The city becomes increasingly cluttered with chain stores and their uniform storefronts with each passing year. But plenty of shops with retro signs remain, giving us glimpses of a bygone New York City and lending classic touches to their neighborhoods.
Here are 22 retro signs and storefronts, from the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan to Antonio’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. The photos are drawn from the collection of Rolando Pujol, who chronicles vintage Americana in New York and across the country. See more on his Instagram account: @rolandopujol.
Ocean Shoe Repair in Sheepshead Bay
French Garment Cleaners in Fort Greene
Papaya King in the East Village
Circo's Pastry Shop in Bushwick
Royal Restaurant in Bay Ridge
Sunset Florist in Sunset Park
Antonio's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Prospect Heights
Carvel in Ridgewood
Airline Diner in Astoria
Old deli on the Upper West Side
Montero Bar and Grill in Brooklyn Heights
La Taza de Oro in Chelsea
Congress Bar in Cobble Hill