New Jersey Diners: A Season of Renewal

The Tick Tock’s new interior

From Jersey Bites: The last 24 months have been a season of renewal for the Jersey diner business. Facelifts, renovations, redesigns—call it what you will, but landmark eateries throughout the Garden State, collectively, are making significant capital investments to revamp their interiors and exteriors.

The revival is ongoing. New Jersey’s built landscape is changing as the state’s diner business continues to progress, just as it has for the last 125 years, beginning with the lunch wagon era.

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From the Met in New York to a shopping arcade in Melbourne: The world’s most Instagrammable FLOORS revealed

This quirky snap showing a dog design was found on the floor of a shopping mall in Lisbon by Instagrammer Nicky Smol

From Daily Mail: Looking for a quick way to impress your social media followers? Then look down, take a picture and post it.

That’s because you could be standing on one of the world’s most Instagrammable floors.

Pictures of eye-catching floor designs are being frequently shared across Instagram, with a recent study revealing the most popular – and they include those in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Block Arcade shopping centre in Melbourne and the light clock on the Via Laietana passageway in Barcelona.

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How ‘the Draper’ turned dated Uptown offices into midcentury-inspired apartments

The tropical game room features shuffle board, bumper pool, and foosball. Images courtesy of Cedar Street

From Curbed Chicago: The two-year transformation of Uptown’s former Combined Insurance building into a new striking apartment development known as the Draper is nearly complete. The adaptive reuse project at 5050 N. Broadway is the latest development from Chicago-based Cedar Street Companies and the group’s first crack at designing a midcentury modern-inspired building.

“We’re always looking at the structure that we inherit to find ways to be authentic,” Cedar Street’s Mark Heffron tells Curbed. “Some of our past projects were more Art Deco-inspired. Bush Temple was turn-of-the-century. Lawrence House took a Roaring ‘20s approach. Here, we focused on the ‘50s portion of the property since it was our first time getting our hands on a midcentury building.”

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Neon Museum welcomes its one millionth visitor

From 8NewsNow: LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Neon Museum welcomed its 1 millionth visitor! For the special honor, Nazarey David was gifted with a custom neon sign, a free night at the Wynn and a gift box. The Vegas local is a member of the outdoor museum for retired neon signs.

David’s sign was custom-created by Hartlauer Signs for the occasion.

“It’s definitely cool to see the signs,” she said. “It definitely gives you an appreciation for how much this city has grown, and I really like feeling that. When I come here, I definitely remember where I come from, where I was born.”

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The White Stag red nose, a Portland tradition since 1959, is back

Portland’s White Stag sign gets a red nose for the holidays

From The Oregonian: “It’s Nose Day,” said Mike Rutkowski with Ramsay Signs, as he greeted the security guard at the White Stag building Wednesday morning.

Nose Day is a Portland tradition since 1959 — it’s the day the red nose is lit up on the White Stag/ Portland Oregon sign, which famously sits on the west side of the Burnside bridge.

The nose, at least in recent history, is always lit the day before Thanksgiving. It requires a manual flipping of a switch on the control panel located at the base of the sign, on the roof of the White Stag building.

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