Both these signs are still posted on the same block of St. Nicholas Ave., which cuts diagonally through southern Harlem. It's easy to understand the attraction for outdoor grillers: The broad sidewalk on the west side of the avenue gets good shade throughout the afternoon. And at one time an awning, probably meant to shelter a stoopline stand but now gone like the market that raised it, would also have provided protection from pop-up showers on days when the business was closed.
There's no blanket prohibition, however, against every kind of summer fun. How about ball playing?
"No cooking" St. Nicholas Ave. between West 114th and West 115th Sts., Manhattan
The most recent business at this address was 103 Grocery & Flower; earlier, according to a onetime resident of the upper Upper West Side, "that place was the Olympia Superette for decades." And earlier than that? The neon lights are long gone, and some of the Art Deco lettering has peeled away, but what remains is strongly suggestive of "Hudes."
"In the Hub of Newark, serving you the best," but not for many decades. The neighboring Paramount Theater, which would have provided many customers, went dark in 1986; at that time the tavern may have been long gone, judging by the condition of the sign in a photo taken two years later. I haven't yet come across photos of the tavern itself or a reported predecessor, the Round Table Bar & Grill. As of 2014, the building's sole food-and-beverage business is a franchised location of Rita's Ices.
Broad & Market Tavern Surviving signage at 191 Market St. (Broad-Beaver Sts., in the Bowers Building), Newark, New Jersey
"The kind of tea they use in Ireland," a motto of the Lappin Tea Co, can just be discerned in the faded curved text at upper right. Some contemporary advertisements give the address of this building as 190 Duane St.; other ads, as well as faded signage on the facade itself, say 188. According to Forgotten New York, this was the former home of several tea wholesalers, Lappin included.
"Tea" Surviving signage at 188 Duane St. (Greenwich-Hudson Sts.), Manhattan