Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: Ghost Signs and the Later Land of Neon - Atlas Obscura
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New York, NY

Atlas Obscura & Timberland Present: Ghost Signs and the Later Land of Neon

An exploration of days gone by and the art of neon signmaking.

Join Atlas Obscura and Timberland in New York City for a two-part adventure through classic New York City signage where we will spend the day discovering the ghost signs of Manhattan and learning the artisanal craft of neon sign-making. 

For the first part of our adventure, we'll set out from Timberland's Tribeca location for a tour of Tribeca that will trace the fading history of old New York through an exploration of the city's all-but-invisible ghost signs. Frank Jump, author of Fading Ads of New York City, will share with us his years of knowledge and experience tracking down and photographing these visual time capsules, directing our attention to messages hiding in plain sight.

After an atmospheric luncheon with your fellow explorers, we'll venture into Gowanus, Brooklyn for an intensive neon sign-making class, taught by David Ablon of Brooklyn Glass. This 5-hour private workshop will bring you up-close and personal with the unique art of neon sign-making, a newer, but also dwindling, classic form of advertising.  You'll learn the art and technique of neon sign-bending and go home with your very own, one-of-a-kind neon project.

Thanks to our friends at Timberland, all transportation, meals, materials and supplies for this experience will be provided for attendees free of charge.

Spaces for this adventure are extremely limited; RSVP required!

This event is 18+