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Old NYC signs and storefronts

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

This Sheepshead Bay spot is worth visiting, even
Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol

This Sheepshead Bay spot is worth visiting, even if you don't need new soles on your shoes.

French Garment Cleaners in Fort Greene

While this is no longer a cleaners, the
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While this is no longer a cleaners, the clothing store that took over the Fort Greene storefront left the sign, because OBVIOUSLY.

Papaya King in the East Village

A true New York City classic, Papaya King
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A true New York City classic, Papaya King opened a new storefront in the East Village in 2013 with signage that evokes its history. The first Papaya King opened in 1932.

Circo's Pastry Shop in Bushwick

Circo's Pastry Shop, which opened in 1945 in
Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol

Circo's Pastry Shop, which opened in 1945 in Bushwick, is still going strong. Stop in for some cookies.

Royal Restaurant in Bay Ridge

Classic storefronts abound in the Bay Ridge neighborhood
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Classic storefronts abound in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, including this one with its retro signage for Royal Restaurant on Fifth Avenue.

Sunset Florist in Sunset Park

Sunset Florist is located on Fourth Avenue in
Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol

Sunset Florist is located on Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, its bilingual Spanish and English sign urging people to "say it with flowers."

Antonio's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Prospect Heights

Antonio's classic pizzeria has been on Flatbush Avenue
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Antonio's classic pizzeria has been on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn since 1950.

Carvel in Ridgewood

This Carvel in Ridgewood, Queens, stubbornly refused to
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This Carvel in Ridgewood, Queens, stubbornly refused to keep up with the times. But we love its retro look! Save some ice cream for us.

Airline Diner in Astoria

The 1950s neon sign for the Airline Diner
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The 1950s neon sign for the Airline Diner near LaGuardia Airport had a brief cameo in the mobster film, "Goodfellas." The diner is now a part of the Jackson Hole burger chain, but the sign remains.

Old deli on the Upper West Side

This classic Art Deco sign was exposed during
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This classic Art Deco sign was exposed during construction at the building in 2014. The shop is outside the 103rd Street and Broadway subway station.

Montero Bar and Grill in Brooklyn Heights

The New York Times has called the Montero
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The New York Times has called the Montero Bar and Grill in Brooklyn "a waterfront museum with alcohol." It is fashioned with model ships, vintage photographs and old life preservers.

La Taza de Oro in Chelsea

La Taza de Oro, on Eighth Avenue near
Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol

La Taza de Oro, on Eighth Avenue near 14th Street in Chelsea, is one of the classiest storefronts in that part of Manhattan. The eatery serves up delicious Puerto Rican fare, too.

Congress Bar in Cobble Hill

A snapshot of the transformation of old Brooklyn:
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A snapshot of the transformation of old Brooklyn: Here Jim & Andy Fruit and Produce Market has become Congress bar. But the old sign remains, giving the storefront a vintage look.

Parking garage in midtown Manhattan

Even some parking garage signs -- like this
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Even some parking garage signs -- like this one in midtown -- have a hint of history within them.

Coffee Shop in Union Square

This loungey eatery is known in Union Square
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This loungey eatery is known in Union Square for its late-night dining scene-- and its eye-catching signage.

PIANOS in Sunnyside

Ah, clear and straightforward. You miss it, don't
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Ah, clear and straightforward. You miss it, don't you?

Sabrett in Port Morris, the Bronx

This is the sign at the Sabrett meat
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This is the sign at the Sabrett meat processing center in the Bronx.

Gringer on the Lower East Side

Gringer's sign oozes with that old, Lower East
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Gringer's sign oozes with that old, Lower East Side charm.

Hotel Chelsea in Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea has seen a lot of action
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Hotel Chelsea has seen a lot of action through the years... and so has its trusty sign.

Clover Delicatessen in midtown East

Clover Delicatessen has been serving sandwiches for more
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Clover Delicatessen has been serving sandwiches for more than 60 years on Second Avenue. It's a true NYC classic!

Superior Florist Ltd. in the Flower District

Yes there are flowers in the flower district,
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Yes there are flowers in the flower district, but there are also markers of the old NYC...

Show World Center in Times Square

Encouraging adult fantasies since the 1970s, Show World
Photo Credit: Rolando Pujol

Encouraging adult fantasies since the 1970s, Show World Center's storefront has become its own flavor of vintage.

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