Category Archives: Light Bulb Awnings

Light Bulb Awnings: Bronx Edition

249 willis avenue

249 Willis Ave
Bronx, NY 10454 ‎

Light Bulb Awnings: Bushwick & Bed Stuy


Rodriguez Grocery Store
560 Evergreen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Bracero Liquor

Bracero Liquors Inc.
41 Bleecker Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Stop 1 Food Market

Stop 1 Grocery Store
463 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Light Bulb Awnings: 4th Avenue


El Che Jewelry Boutique
914 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Light Bulb Awnings: To Have and Have Not

I asked George, the proprietor of Faria’s in Sunset Park, about his awning and when it might last have had light bulbs in the fixtures. Through a variety of translations and translators (this discussion involved a selection of passersby), he told me that loved using twinkling light bulbs in all colors as part of his display, especially during the holidays. The bulbs were fragile, however, and broke easily, and the two stores that used to sell them no longer have them in stock.

Faria’s Grocery
500 53rd St # A
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Down on 4th Avenue, this wonderful example of an atypical light bulb-driven display was still flashing, although who knows what will happen when the lights go out?

Park Slope Grocery
597 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Light Bulb Awnings: Bed-Stuy, Revisited

Brothers Grocery
734 Marcy Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Light Bulb Awnings: the Map

As an archivist, I feel compelled to track my progress through this new project. And so I’ve been dutifully recording my light bulb awning locations into a Google map, where I’m contemplating surrendering further personal information in order to comment on these locations favorably and hopefully help to protect them from eventual destruction (ah, the megalomania of the digital age). So far, my findings have been entirely based on my own meanderings. Certainly, I look around corners a little more intently, but this map represents only my own accidental discoveries on the walks I take for pleasure or commute.

I have added a few steps to my documentation process, too. Now, I purchase something from each location, and, if I’m lucky, engage the proprietor or attendant in some dialogue about the signage out front. In the case of Pete’s Pizzeria in Bay Ridge, this conversation allowed me to gain some valuable intelligence about additional light bulb awnings to seek out, as well as provided an opportunity for me to tell Pete himself how lovely I think his storefront really is. “My son wants to take it down,” said Pete in reply.