Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ideal Dinettes was in business from 1953-2008.

Ideal Dinettes' #neonsign and #storefront were original. We interviewed Barbara Mann the 2nd-generation owner when we took this photo for our book "Store Front:The Disappearing Face of New York" and she told us her father-in-law opened the store when the Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood they are located in was full of large Italian families who often needed dinette sets. Sadly #gentrifcation took its toll on the business as less families lived in the area and more single, young people with no need of a dinette set moved in. When closing the business Barbara called us to ask if we wanted their #neon sign as she knew we were huge fans of it and its #script #lettering, but we couldn't take this stainless steel beauty as it was just too large and would never fit in our East Village studio. Barbara ended up paying $750 for a dumpster hauler to take it away. We wish we could have saved it and now with the power and reach of social media we are sure we could have found a person or museum to rescue it. #type #typography #disappearingfaceofnewyork

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