Ghosts of the Garment District
A sign for Lombardy Dresses is accentuated by the steeple of Holy Innocents Catholic Church on West 37th Street. (Photos by Rolando Pujol)
The Garment District still has plenty of bustle during the week, giving you a quick jolt of unmistakable Manhattan adrenaline. On a Sunday morning, however, it's an eerily quiet place, a neighborhood whose heart is not overrun with Sunday brunchers or tourists, except for the odd one sauntering through on the way to the Empire State Building. The desolation lends itself well to ruminating on the neighborhood's lore, and to find it, all you have to do is look up and examine beautiful hand-painted signs. With the late-morning sun just so and the blue sky a severe clear, we had to snap these shots -- hardly a definitive collection. More images after the jump.
-- Rolando Pujol
The shadow of a water tower covers what little is left of a sign.
Two generations of signs for Kaufman Property Management are among the highlights on this wall along Seventh Avenue.
This ad, I believe, is covering up an interesting sign, but Ms. Monroe somehow works here beside the ancient brick.