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Lettering Grows in Brooklyn

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

A kind GL reader sent us a link to an absolutely fascinating article taking a looking a the different kinds of lettering found on different kinds of buildings in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. It’s from AIGA Design Archives and was just published. An excerpt:

In Brooklyn, commercial and industrial neighborhoods are the best places to find lettering since the buildings there have names, mottoes and other inscribed lettering as well as more obvious signage. In residential areas, walk-ups and tenement buildings from the end of the 19th century and Art Deco era offer prime examples, while the abundant brownstones and row houses—not to mention housing projects of the 1950s and ’60s—are not as conducive.

Last spring, in preparation for a talk on lettering at the Coney Island Museum, I surveyed as many Brooklyn neighborhoods as I could. During the months of March and April I managed to record lettering in roughly half of the borough. I walked Greenpoint, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Flatbush, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and more. Walk with me through some of the highlights.

Take a few minutes and check out this piece and all the cool pics that go along with it. It’ll be well worth your while (we think). By the way, that’s some Brooklyn Heights above.

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