Signage Sightings in Nolita

By March 18, 2012 Commentary

Spring arrived in New York and a lazy walk down to Chinatown and Little Italy yielded a trove of type treasures.

Moe's Meat Market

Moe's Meat Market, Nolita, NYC

I’m glad that the Moe’s Meat Market sign is still hanging, even though you can only buy rather uninspired art within.

Bess, NYC

Bess, NYC

Bess N.Y.C., in the shadow of the Puck Building, sells all sorts of provocative clothing and artifacts.

Tacombi, Fonda Nolita, Elizabeth Street, NYC

Tacombi, Elizabeth Street, NYC

Tacombi is a faux Mexican vintage sign inside the wonderfully hip Fonda Nolita on Elizabeth Street. They really nailed the spirit of roadside taco stand typography.

Peking Duck, Lafayette Street, NYC

Peking Duck, Lafayette Street, NYC

Peking Duck is screen printed on glass in Agency Gothic, designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1932. It appears on the window at the Lafayette Street restaurant Chinatown.

Chinatown Sign

Chinatown Sign

I really am fond of the untrained lettering artist who finds novel ways to draw common letterforms. I’m not sure why they put the bar across the top of the ā€œNā€ but it works just fine. Perhaps it is a funny joke in Chinese?