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Ryan’s Jet Gas

Ryan’s Jet Gas
Sign for Ryan’s Jet Gas at 740 State Street in Watertown, New York. Ryan’s Jet Gas, Inc. was founded in 1930 and has operated at this corner for over 80 years.

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The Pasta Man

The Pasta Man
The Pasta Man neon sign at La Trattoria, 522 Moosic Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Voted best Italian Restaurant in the Scranton Times readers choice award.
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My Favorite Diners in Upstate New York

Last year, I visited diners all over New York, from classic dining cars to more modern establishments. There’s something about the unassuming atmosphere, greasy food, and nostalgia that keeps me coming back. I prefer the classic designs, for obvious reasons. There are plenty of Greek-American restaurants that call themselves diners, but there are only a few originals left. Some of my favorites include Mother’s Cupboard in Syracuse, Center Diner in Peekskill, Lloyd’s Diner in Lowville, and of course Red Robin Diner in Johnson City.

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Homestead Restaurant

Homestead Restaurant
Found on James Street in Alexandria Bay, New York.
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Rocket Center

Rocket Center

The Rocket Center is a strip mall at 584 Court Street (U.S. Route 11), east of Binghamton, New York. This sign is a great example of Populuxe/Raygun Gothic. Today, this area is something like a vice district, with three strip clubs and a sleazy motel in close proximity.

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Morrison’s Restaurant

Morrison's Restaurant
Morrison’s Restaurant at 318 King St E, Kingston, ON
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Pistolesi Dry Cleaning

Pistolesi Dry Cleaning
Pistolesi Dry Cleaning ghost sign at 12 Church Street in Gouverneur, New York. As far as I can determine, Joseph Pistolesi founded Pistolesi Dry Cleaning and his son Mario owned it until 1952 when other family members took the reigns. The Pistolesi family also owned the Casablanca Restaurant.