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June 09, 2012



Funny thing... I totally remember the Burlington Mills spot (and I loved it too), but I have never heard of this John St. tunnel! And I'm a Blondie AND Kraut fan, and I've never even seen either of those photos before!

Aunt Snow

I remember this neon tunnel at 127 John Street from my days in NY in the late '70s. As you might imagine from those days, my experience of the tunnel took place while I was somewhat psychedelically altered, so it's been hard to recall the details and exact location.

It's taken me weeks of research to find it, but here it is on your blog. How wonderful to find your images of it! Thank you!

Sam F

I loved going thru Neon Tunnel. It was part of what made the city so eclectic, interesting and fun. The Museum of Holography, graffiti on the trains, roof-top observation desk on the World Trade Center, Masstransiscope, Thing Big ...

I wondered what happened to the tunnel but haven't searched for a few years, so I'm glad you posted this!!!

Strangely enough I also just found both the Neon Tunnel and Burlington mentioned in an Article in the New York Magazine (Feb 2, 1972) "101 Signs That The City Isn't Dying", No's 75 & 25 respectively.
Via Google books at &


I shot this lobby about 20 years ago and recently digitized my slide of it. Great shot! Shame it is gone.

Robert Prouse

The designers of all that visual spendor at 127 John Street were Howard Brandston (lighting), Rudy deHarak ("set pieces")and Pamela Waters (graphics). Howard is now retired but the firm he founded recently celebrated it's 50th Anniversary.

Jerry Friedman

Hahah my parents took me on the same rounds of somewhat offbeat attractions in the 70s. Loved The Mill at Burlington, and the light tunnel also. Was also fascinated by the “digital” clock at 200 Water Street nearby. Other lost and forgotten faves included the New York Experience multi-media show, and Corning Glass, which used to have really cool exhibits. (I still have an souvenir sticker from one that says “think quiet!” (Have no recall what it was about)


Cyndi Lauper, Girls just wanna have fun and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Head to Toe MTV VIDEOS WERE SHOT THere. I know I grew up cross the street - 127 John was so cool it was our play ground from wading in the fountain, sitting on the awnings, and the chairs we called love seats, the big clock, lets not forget the purple tunnel btw I was in the buildings’ elevators one set was purple/ purple neon lights and one set was orange / orange neon lights. actually all the buildings on Water St. were our playground. My senior class friends took our year book pic on the platform steps. One more thing there was a light show I could see from my Terrace, or if u looked up b/c 2 of the floors must have been machine floors and for more personality they lit it up.
Ah, memories!
This came up b/ c my daughter 25 was picking my brain about remembering
Awnings and a fountain when she was little.

Kevin Perdreaux

I was the Chief Engineer of 127 John from 1981 to 1996 when the Elgahyan Brothers bought it out of a bankruptcy hearing for $5,500,000. They converted it to residential and basically removed all of the wonderful touches.

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