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Author Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the book New York Neonis the guide for our tour of Greenwich Village’s Disappearing Neon Signs. Here, he shares the neon signs to be found in a black and white vintage photography collection from NYU Archives.

In 2012, a new online archive of historic photographs was released by New York University.  The collection, whose formal name is the “Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.), Washington Square Area, and Campus Buildings Image Collection,” reveals a treasury of midcentury New York neon that once lit the streets around NYU’s Greenwich Village campus. 


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We have a great set of behind the scenes tours coming up this month, with a special visit to the Brooklyn Kings Theatre and the return of old favorites like the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal, the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam and others. While some of our tours are already sold out for September (Woolworth Building, NYC subway tour), here’s a preview of what we do have in store which still have tickets:


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Author Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the book New York Neonis our tour guide for our tour of Greenwich Village’s Disappearing Neon Signs. Here, he shares about the origins of the famous neon sign at the White Horse Tavern.

One of the most recognizable signs in New York is the work of a particularly obscure sign company. The modest neon sign of the White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street seems to be the lone surviving installation of the Allen Sign Company of Manhattan.



For over 100 years, the arch in Washington Square Park has been one of New York’s most famous monuments. Located in Greenwich Village, it was dedicated on May 4, 1895 to George Washington to celebrate the centennial of his presidential inauguration. It has since overlooked years of city history and cultural shifts. But while everyone is familiar with its exterior, the interior of the arch remains fairly mysterious. Closed off to the public, only a few people a year get the privilege of stepping inside of it. Here are some exclusive photos from inside the historic arch.  (more…)

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At Carmine Street Guitars located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, owner Rick Kelly combines history and superior craftsmanship to make some of the most desired guitars in New York City.


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July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.

We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.