Well, there’s certainly no hill…
…and definitely no ivy in sight. But the cool thing about Ivy Hill Road in Brooklyn?
Its street sign dates back at least to the 1950’s – and possibly even older!
This is one of New York City’s last remaining porcelain street signs, according to Kevin at Forgotten-NY. Installed throughout New York in the 1940’s and 1950’s, they were ultimately replaced in the 1960’s by vinyl signs color-coded by borough. These in turn were wiped out when the Federal Government mandated that all street signs had to be in the uniform green and white style we see today (yawn).
I came across this one by chance, but there are actually several others that have managed to avoid the DOT’s watchful eye over the years, which you can see documented on Forgotten-NY. If you know of any others, either porcelain or color-coded, be sure to let me know!
PS – The original porcelain Wall Street sign was recently auctioned off at Christie’s for $116,500. Er, something tells me there’s a little less demand for Ivy Hill Road…
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