Though many lament the frenzy of change in New York’s oldest neighborhoods, there are still remnants of the past to see if you’d look up from your smartphone. Ghost signs, advertising signage that has survived long after a business has gone bust, are still around… but are disappearing fast.
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Tree-Mark was one of the building’s earliest and most enduring tenants, selling men’s and women’s shoes for almost thirty years. The New York Times noted that at Tree-Mark, “Comfort, rather than high style, is the goal.”
But the Zuflacht sign is nowhere to be seen today. The site is home to Abe’s Antiques, a fictional shop built for the ABC TV series Forever. “The Louis Zuflacht is under our sign,” an ABC production staffer told us. “It remains unblemished. In fact we went to great lengths to keep it in the condition we found it in.”