Back in 2016 I was enthusiastically noting Bartunek Hardware’s ancient sign at its #28-07 23 Avenue location, nearby the Ditmars Boulevard N train station. The store has been in business since 1925, making it Queens’ oldest hardware store. It can be seen in this 1940 tax photo in the Municipal Archives. Until just a couple of years ago, it boasted a gorgeous plastic-lettered sign, dominated by white and red, but also green, orange, blue and purple.
All good things… the saying goes, and now we have this yellow and black object, with lettering more appropriate for comic books. I honestly don’t know what the owners were thinking, removing the beautiful original.
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