"A behind the scenes look at NY custom sign makers Mac and David of Noble Signs."
"When you imagine classic New York City (like, for example, the booze-fueled tuxedoed roaring 20’s), neon illuminates it. Delis, movie theaters, diners, performance halls, liquor stores—the social hubs that lined Manhattan were gilded with electrified tubes of rarefied gases, and gave the impression that this was a city of play and prosperity. Unfortunately, neon is finicky; and one by one the lighted show stoppers fell into disrepair, only to be replaced by cheaper fluorescents and, eventually, LEDs.
But now, in Brooklyn, just as many handicrafts have re-emerged in the era of Everything Is Digitized, so, too, have neon and hand-lettered signs. And here, their re-birth is due in no small part to David Barnett and Mac Pohanka, the multi-talented design and fabrication team behind Noble Signs. At places like Bushwick’s King Noodle, Crown Heights’s Super Power, Greenpoint’s No. 7, and dozens more (they’re responsible for more than 100 signs throughout the city, around 30 of which are neon), these longtime best friends, artists, and builders are doing their part to make New York City glow again..."