MetLife Building’s Art Deco Skybridge Demolished For New Office Tower

The Art Deco MetLife skybridge by Madison Square Park. CLEVERCLEVER / FLICKR

From Gothamist: The stunning ArtDeco skybridge on the MetLife buildings by Madison Square Park is being demolished.

Workers have hacked away at the bridge for the past few weeks to remove the detailed metal work piece by piece, reports Untapped New York. As of Friday, photos show the bridge reduced down to its signature arch curving over East 24th Street.

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Historic Hotel Metropole sign finds new home in San Jose

SAN JOSE CA – NOVEMBER 17: The restored Hotel Metropole sign, which first opened in 1903 and graced the front of its brick building until the late-1990s, is installed. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in a garden area between Camino Brewing Company and the old Faber’s Cyclery in San Jose, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

From The Mercury News: Another of San Jose’s historic signs has received a new lease on life, with the old Hotel Metropole sign now installed in the beer garden between Camino Brewing and Faber’s Cyclery on South First Street.

Opening in 1903, the Hotel Metropole occupied the top floor of the Alcantara Building, an 1890s brick beauty on Market and Post streets, and its blue porcelain neon sign was a familiar sight for decades as a modern downtown San Jose grew up around it.

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Developers kick off project to bring historic Silo City back to life

An exterior rendering of the redeveloped American Mill & Warehouse complex at Silo City. Generation Development Group

From The Buffalo News: The boutique housing developer that bought one of the old Silo City warehouse and milling facilities is kicking off its $65 million conversion of the historic complex into an apartment, office, wellness and artistic destination.

The renovation of the American Mill & Warehouse building by Generation Development Group is designed to revive a landmark industrial grain silo on the city’s waterfront by drawing permanent residents, workers, recreational users and other visitors.

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Iconic Neon Sign Will Soon Be Coming Back to Life

An iconic neon sign is coming back to life in Historic Downtown Pocatello. 

‘Relight the Night’ will be relighting the iconic ‘Buster Brown Shoes’ neon sign next week. 

The original ‘Buster Brown’ neon sign hung on Hudson’s Shoe Store at the corner of Main and Center for several years. 

The newly renovated sign will be place on a pole located 80 feet from where it originally sat on the building from Center Street across from the First National Bar. 

From KPVI: “What will happen is as you come out from underneath the underpass heading west on Center, it’s the first thing you see and so we will have Buster Brown winking at people as they come into Old Town.  It’s going to be cool,” says Randy Dixon, ‘Relight the Night’ Committee Chair. 

The Buster Brown sign will be the 17th neon sign that has come back to life in Pocatello. 

They plan on relighting the Buster Brown neon sign on November 27th at 6:00 p.m. 

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New marker commemorates original home of Riverhead’s Big Duck

The new sign on West Main Street. Credit: Steve Wick

From Riverhead News Review: In 1931, Riverhead duck farmer Martin Maurer created something that would soon  become an iconic roadside attraction: He had a very large white duck built at the edge of a West Main Street farm from which he sold processed ducks and duck eggs.

Today, Mr. Maurer’s project remains one of Long Island’s most popular attractions and is well-known nationwide. The 89-year-old Big Duck, which now sits along Flanders Road in Flanders, has been featured in books about roadside attractions across the country and cited by architects, who refer to its design and construction when speaking about similar attractions.

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