Since the closing of the New York Restaurant on King Street in December 2019, many have asked questions about what is going to happen the to restaurant’s iconic neon sign. Although not the restaurant’s first neon sign, this red flashing piece of art has been a symbol of Brockville’s downtown for over 50 years.
The owners of the Georgian Dragon, who have purchased the building and will be moving the restaurant there, have donated the sign to the Brockville Museum. It will take some effort, as the sign is very heavy and will have to be removed from its current location and transported to the museum, but all parties are thrilled that the iconic sign will get to stay in Brockville.
The museum is planning to install the sign in the museum as part of its updating of the Carriage Hall exhibition space planned for winter 2021. The cost of removing, relocating, and reinstalling it is expected to amount to around $6,000. The Friends of the Brockville Museum have launched a fundraising campaign through their site on CanadaHelps.com to help cover these costs.
For those of you who have fond memories of what may have been your first taste of Chinese food and would like to help preserve this shining downtown beacon, please consider making a donation to the Museum.