Project Neon: One Brooklynite’s Love for Old-School Signage Sparks an iPhone App and an Art Show

Why yes, there is an app for that.

The recent news in The Brooklyn Paper that the Bay Ridge soda shoppe called Hinsch’s has shuttered reminded us of a very cool link a friend sent us a few months back to a site called Project Neon

Hinsch’s was known as much for its neon signage at Fifth Avenue and 86th Street as its scoops of ice cream, which were still served old-school style in tiny metal trays. It’s one of the many city places cataloged by Brooklyn photographer Kirsten Hively on her Tumblr and Flickr sites. Earlier this year Hively launched a Kickstarter campaign to help develop an iPhone app to locate amazing neon signs around the city, and you can now download the results of her work, much of it food and beverage focused, right here. We recommend touring the borough with the app in hand soon, before more old signs like the one at Hinsch’s go dark for good. Better still, check out her show at City Reliquary, the tiny city culture museum on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg.

 

 

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