Signs of the City: New York

Take a look at the signs from the Big Apple, including the billboards and signs in Times Square, Coney Island and NYC subway system.
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New York's Times Square has wall-to-wall signage for Broadway plays, commercial ads and more. Once known as Longacre Square, Times Square was created in 1904 when The New York Times moved into the neighborhood.

A policeman directs traffic in front of the famous neon billboards of Times Square in New York City, at its intersection with Broadway.

This is the original Manhattan street sign from Wall Street and Broad Street from late 19th- to early 20th-century. The porcelain sign stood near the New York Stock Exchange and sold to a bidder for $116,500 at a Christie's auction.

Tourists and locals alike are familiar with this sign plaster on most taxi cabs that swerve through the traffic in New York. It's also a good way to determine the cheaper route -- a taxi cab ride or a ride on the subway.

Take a peep at this! Peep-O-Rama, the last pornography store on 42nd Street in the New York's Times Square district, closed in 2002. Since the 1990s, bars and porn theaters were replaced with cafés and tourist shops.

These colorful signs at Coney Island, located in Brooklyn, tout the circus-sideshow attractions at the seaside theme park. Coney Island has been a summer destination for millions of New Yorkers for generations.

You're looking at a piece of New York's history. It's an antique subway lamp sign located in Central Park.

What a big difference! Matching the big neon billboards and signs in Times Square, this brightly-lit sign, marked with specific train lines, is located at the subway entrance on 42nd Street.

Two American soldiers and a civilian in a fedora watch workers on a scaffold hang a billboard advertisement featuring a woman's bare legs above the Winter Garden Theater and Café Zanzibar in 1944.

Sexy models are still part of New York's landscape. In SoHo, this provocative Calvin Klein billboard, with half-nude models, sparked a major controversy in the city.

A few years ago, some tourists and locals were lucky enough to hop aboard this antique subway train from the 1930s. The train is still equipped with ceiling fans and wicker seats.

Travelers from near and far are familiar with the popular shirts and other merchandise bearing the "I Love New York" logo.

Locals and tourists on the subway trains in New York are familiar with these signs. These mosaic-tile signs clearly mark the stations along any given subway train route.

The neon glow of the Radio City Music Hall is well-known in New York City. It's a hot spot for people to enjoy the Rockettes and other performances by popular celebrities.

People in Times Square walk past a 3-story billboard promoting adult film actress Jenna Jameson's web site.

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