Heritage Treasures Day was established in 2017 in the UK as a way to explore and preserve historical sites. It takes place every year on January 11 and has grown in popularity worldwide. There are many great places to celebrate this unique day near Suffolk County homes for sale and Nassau County homes for sale, with museums and preserved historical sites dating back to American history's earliest days. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five fascinating destinations for Heritage Treasures Day around Long Island.
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When most people envision New York City's iconic places, many of Manhattan's landmarks come to mind, but there are so many other wonderful sites just across the East River. If you love New York then our REALTORS® believe you'll love visiting these historical sites on Long Island.
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At Coach REALTORS®, our real estate agents know curb appeal when they see it. The Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City is one of our hometown's favorite head-turners, lighting up the East River with its neon red letters. The sign is a beloved part of the Queens waterfront area does a great job making its neighborhood feel more distinct. But do you know the history behind the billboard that beckons Long Islanders home?
An iconic throwback that waves "hi" to Manhattan every night, the Pepsi-Cola sign is the perfect welcome if you live on Long Island. It's also a point of pride with deep roots in local industry and art. Here's what you need to know about the Pepsi-Cola sign:
The original sign looked a little different… because it was a different sign. The sign has had a few different looks and homes since it was first erected. In 1936, Pepsi installed the Art Deco billboard on the rooftop of their Hunters Point bottling plant. When they modernized their logo with a single dash in 1942, the sign changed too. And when they redesigned their bottles in the 1970s, they also redesigned the hand-painted metal bottle on the sign, which originally had a bottle cap with a 5-cent price tag.
Unfortunately, a winter storm did serious damage in 1992, after decades of neon outages, electrical problems, and corrosion. After an extensive rebuild, a reconstructed version was back in place two years later, complete with new paint and primer for the support structure, new ruby red curlicue letters, and a brand new bottle that faithfully replicated the details of the original. Finally, when Pepsi closed and sold their plant in 1998, they had a stipulation: the sign would have to be part of any new construction.
Long Island neighborhoods are constantly evolving, but sometimes New York history doesn't clear the way for new real estate. When developers picked the site of the Pepsi-Cola sign for a new 25-story apartment tower, the city, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission made sure they kept their promise and modified their plans to accommodate it.
The sign now backs up to the building, which is hollowed out behind it to create a "shadow box" effect and keep the first eight floors of apartments at a safe distance. Today, its front yard is scenic Gantry Plaza State Park, a riverfront recreational area with 12 acres of gardens, piers, athletic courts, and one more restored piece of the area's industrial past. Namesake gantries, originally used to load and unload rail cars from barges, are the perfect complement for the historic Pepsi-Cola sign on the far end of the park.
Whether you want to live behind the Pepsi-Cola sign or find your next family home somewhere else on Long Island, our real estate team at Coach REALTORS® can help. Contact us to learn more about buying or selling a home here in New York.