by Kevin Walsh

This painted ad on Anchorage Place and Water Street, right next to the Manhattan Bridge, was shot from a pedestrian underpass that was closed for decades until rapid development in DUMBO called for more public space.

L&H Stern was founded by German immigrant brothers Ludwig and Hugo Stern in 1911, and moved to this location at 56 Pearl Street in 1920, remaining in business until the 1960s. I believe the sign can be seen from the north walkway on the bridge, itself closed for several decades.

Unfortunately the ad seems to get a little fainter  by the year.



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