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Eagle Clothes & Kentile Floors Signs

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By Pocius

Riding the elevated subway trains through Brooklyn is a great way to explore the New York City borough, as they provide panoramic city views from a variety of locations. A short segment of the F line between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope offers visitors a passing glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and industrial Red Hook waterfront. Some of the most interesting sights from the elevated track are remnants of the neighborhood’s past. The Eagle Clothes and Kentile Floors Signs are two of the most recognizable of these relics and are vintage logos marking the former headquarters of the two businesses. The now defunct Eagle Clothes menswear company opened in 1951 and was a popular retailer for tailored suits until the 1970s. The massive marquee features bold red and green lettering with an image of a globe set against a 50 square foot metal frame. The Eagle Sign is still standing after more than half a century and despite the fact that the building has been used as a U-Haul storage facility for over 20 years. The Kentile Floors sign towers above the establishment’s former factory, which was opened in 1949. The vinyl and asphalt flooring company was founded by Arthur Kennedy and was eventually closed in the late 1980s. The Kentile Sign is 8 stories high and its bright red lettering was once illuminated by purple lights. The landmark was nominated to the Census of Places that Matter by the Municipal Arts Society and remains an integral part of the Brooklyn skyline. Both The Kentile Floors and Eagle Clothes Signs are easily visible during the daytime, though they are no longer lit by neon, which can make them more difficult to spot at night. The Eagle Clothes Sign is located on top of the building at 394 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. The Kentile Floors Sign is located on top of the building complex at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn. Both are visible from the F Train between the Smith-9th Street Station and 4th Avenue Station.

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