Photo of Hilltop Steak House

Hilltop cactus will stay on Route 1

The cows may have scattered but the cactus will stay. That’s the word from the developer planning to build a mixed-use project on the site of the former Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Massachusetts. “It really is an important marker for the site,” aid Michael Roberts, who is senior vice president of Boston development for […]

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Detail from neon sign

A sweet sign comes down

So I woke up a few weekends ago to the bittersweet news that the historic neon sign on the Schrafft’s building was being replaced with an LED replica. A little history for those of you who don’t know the sign:  Schrafft’s was a Boston-based candy company founded in the nineteenth century by William F. Schrafft. […]

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Photo of CITGO sign

Introducing Red Nickel Neon

Those of you who know me or have seen my photographs know that I’m a little bit obsessed with vintage neon signs. For the past few years I’ve been photographing them wherever I see them — mostly in and around Boston, but also in Chicago, California, New York City, Reno, and of course Las Vegas. […]

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Photo showing neon lights on a Havana street

Lighting up Havana

Cuban artist Kadir Lopez Nieves is on a mission to restore the neon signs that once lit up the Havana skyline, and he wants your help.  Havana Lights is a Kickstarter campaign from Adolfo V. Nodal to support Kadir’s work to relight his city one sign at a time. Kadir has established a working neon […]

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Photo of Twin Donuts sign in Allston

Doughnut dreams

Lately I’ve been obsessed with doughnuts. Well, not doughnuts exactly, but the sweet neon signs that invite customers inside to taste some sugary goodness. My current fave is Twin Donuts in Union Square. The shop has been a local Allston landmark since the early 1950s and was recently renovated. “The property is a gateway to […]

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photo of orange dino

Edge of extinction

I like dinosaurs. A lot. Years ago I went digging for Plateosaurus fossils in Switzerland and, upon my return, I hosted a dino-fest for my enthusiastic but bewildered friends. So imagine my disappointment when I learned that the Route 1 Miniature Golf and Batting Cages in Saugus was sold and the fate of its well-known […]

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Do Not Enter sign with graffiti

Christmas in July

No more Holly Fair. It’s shocking but true. Holly Fair was a two-day seasonal sale sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  Dozens of artists and crafters converged every year at CCAE’s two buildings in Harvard Square on the second weekend in December. The fair was a long-standing holiday tradition in Cambridge and also […]

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Lewandos sign

Cleaning up

Okay, so maybe it’s an odd topic after a hiatus of more than a year, but I’ve been thinking about dry cleaning lately. Not in the how-can-i-get-this-stain out-of-my job-interview-outfit kind of way but in a wow-look-at-these-fabulous-signs way. You may not have noticed, but there are some great signs attached to dry cleaners in the Boston […]

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