Every city has its signature items. Aside from its jaw-dropping skyline, New York is associated with yellow taxi cabs, dirty water dogs and hordes of disgruntled commuters. But beyond the obvious, there are plenty of lesser known fixtures that have also become synonymous with the city.
Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing select signs — some more flashy than others, but all equally as spectacular — that decorate the top of buildings, hang off the side of walls and advertise businesses. Here’s a look back at 10 former and still existing ones:
13. Coney Island Signs
Coney Island is full of flashy signs that advertise its many attractions, including one of its oldest and most beloved rides, the 150-feet Wonder Wheel (built between 1918 and 1920) and the Cyclone, a historic wooden roller coaster that opened in 1927.
As you can imagine, many of the amusement park’s signs have been lost to time as attractions have rotated out. See them here, and check out other interesting secrets of Coney Island.