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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    ... like the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign in LA.
    Precisely.

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    I'm going on my first (and hopefully not last) visit to NY in September and I'm wondering if anyones stayed at the New Yorker hotel (34th street) before?
    If you did, what was it like? Thats my basic question there!

    Also, how long of a walk would it be from there to Central Park? Would a cab be quicker?

    Thanks for your help,
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    tommy, a rule of thumb in New York is that going up or downtown, it takes a minute to walk a block (unless you'really hauling ass). Central Park is at 59th Street, and the New Yorker at 34th. 59-34=25 minutes walk.

    Crosstown blocks are two or three times as long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    This is probably the last big one left in all of Manhattan. It should be landmarked.
    Pardon? How about "Essex House"? "A&E Biography"? "New York" (at the top of the art deco skyscraper on 49th and Mad)? "GE" (on top of Rockefeller Center)?

    Plenty of signage is still up all around Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenius
    Plenty of signage is still up all around Manhattan.
    But this one's the best. Especially if they fix it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy
    how long of a walk would it be from there to Central Park? Would a cab be quicker?
    A cab from 34th to 59th can be real slow going -- especially after 2PM. Traffic really bottlenecks at 42nd.

    It's a great NY walk. You can go via the various avenues and cross streets and never do the same walk twice. Be sure to walk up 9th Avenue in the 40s.

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    "A&E Biography"?
    Replaced with a gaudy scrolling CNN ticker...signs of the slow northward creep of Times Square?

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    Here's a link to a video created by "LED Solutions" and posted on the New Yorker Hotel website showing the roof-top sign:

    http://www.newyorkerhotel.com/showvideo_wm.htm

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    I like it. Certainly better than the old sign.

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    DOB website has a mention of an application for work on the rooftop illuminated sign, but I can't find any details.

    Anyone know if the LED sign shown in the video is in the works for the New Yorker Hotel?

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    I would hate to see this sign go.

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    Based on the video the sign is not going to go -- its just getting an up-date.

    The existing electrics are probably shot (given the condition seen in the photos above) so a reworking of the guts of the sign would be a necessity if we want to see it working at all.

    LED technology within the classic lettering could be very cool. It certainly would allow for many options, rather than simple white light all the time.

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    It seems alright, save for the tacky sequence in which the letters flash randomly...

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    500 Fifth Avenue used to have a neon sign atop it which should definitely return.

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