GOODBYE CONEY ISLAND

Summer is gone and so is Coney Island as I remember it.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Astroland Park Gregory & Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Shoot The Freak Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Grill

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Gregory and Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Museum Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Coney Island was once populated by an incredible landscape of signs and symbols. The few storefronts that retain their unique signage seem more and more endangered with every visit.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign Clam Bar

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront Neon

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Ticket Booth

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Tilt-A-Whirl

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Spook-A-Rama

In 2004, a Creative Time initiative attempted to revive the fading signscape. A group of 25 artists formed The Dreamland Artsits Club and hand painted murals in the area as well as signs for local businesses. Sadly, even many of those have since disappeared or have become isolated fragments.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign El Dorado

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Despite neighborhood opposition, development corporations continue to homogenize and strip Coney Island of its personality, replacing beautiful and inventive lettering with horrifically bland banners that are completely devoid of any aesthetic value.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island For Rent Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Retail Space Sign

Vernacular Typography Pathetic Coney Island Sign

Years ago, Coney Island felt like a typographic oasis, far removed from the standardized signs and sterile typography that now overwhelms most of New York. Today, it seems more like everywhere else.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2003

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2012

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