There was this grand old faded ad for a shoe shine place at the subway entrance/exit at 95th Street and 4th Avenue seen here. It could have gone all the way back to 1925, when the station opened. I last shot it on a ForgottenTour in Bay Ridge in 2005, but it survived several years after that.

This is what I found when I passed by today:


Sick transit, Gloria!


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8 Responses to DEATH OF A FADED AD

  1. Jeff M. says:

    Does that look like it was an officially sanctioned mural that was later tagged, or was the whole thing a do-it-yourself project?

  2. Bill Tweeddale says:

    I used to see that ad throughout the mid-60’s when I’d take the 4th Ave subway to 95th St and catch a bus going over the “Gangplank” to Staten Island. I don’t recall ever seeing the shoe repair shop.

    • Joe Fliel says:

      The shoe repair shop was there when I had to take summer school classes at Adelphi Academy during the summer of 1976. Not because I was completely stupid, mind you. I contracted scarlet fever earlier that year and missed three months of school while attending Brooklyn Tech. 🙂

  3. Joe Fliel says:

    Typical. More urban cave drawings being palmed off as “art”. Sorry, Kevin; but, I’m not into fawning over what amounts to nothing more than badly drawn crap which looks like it was perpetrated by a group of seven year olds.

    • Frank Lynch says:

      What made you think Kevin prefers the change?

      • Joe Fliel says:

        I wouldn’t make any assumptions as to Kevin’s personal likes/dislikes. I was only referring to myself when I wrote that comment. One of the quirks of grammatical structure is that the writer’s intent is not always obvious when reading what amounts to thinking aloud. Pardon me, I need to refill my 32 oz. soda cup.

    • Kevin Walsh says:

      ? I liked it the old way better

  4. Marie M says:

    I live close by and saw the ad twice a day on my way in and out of the subway. I actually sent Forgotten NY a few photos of the old ad several years ago. I was sad when it was painted over.

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