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Hundreds of Complaints Flood In About New York Store Signs, but From Whom?

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight

When a sudden spike of anonymous 311 calls started coming in to report improper signs or awnings on establishments, business owners in New York began scrambling to take theirs down. Now, many areas have unrecognizable businesses due to the lack of signage. The motive of the caller or callers is unknown, but businesses aren't taking the chance of having to pay a significant fine. Metro Sign & Awning is committed to protecting your business by ensuring compliance with regards to local regulations.


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The calls to 311 started to pick up steam about a year ago. They were complaints about an arcane New York City statute requiring special permits for businesses to hang signs or awnings larger than six square feet. The caller — or callers — was clearly targeting certain commercial strips, making complaints in batches, as on Nov. 26, when calls came in reporting 25 businesses along a two-block stretch of Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The businesses did not have a license for their signs, the complaints said.

Wayfinding System for Senior Facilities

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight

The amount of facilities available for the elderly to live in is increasing rapidly due to the demand. An overlooked factor when designing these facilities is the appropriate usage of signs and wayfinding. Facilities have to take into consideration seniors who may be visually impaired, have Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, are handicapped and have other conditions. Taking into consideration a person's general wellbeing is also important, and incorporating bright colors can enhance their mood and self-confidence. Each of these points have to be taken into consideration when designing new facilities for seniors. At Metro Sign and Awning, we work with our clients to create bold and unique signs for senior living facilities. This post by ASI does a nice job explaining the approach for this type of facility.


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As the Baby Boomers age, the need for facilities catering to them increases. Whether they are in good health or whether they require a certain degree of care, homes for the elderly are increasing in need and in popularity. A critical, yet often overlooked element in designing facilities for those afflicted is the signage and wayfinding in the facility.

Changing Awning Fabric Colors Can Provide Buildings a New Look at a Minimal Cost

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
At Metro Sign and Awning, we understand that a company's brand reputation is largely influenced by it's overall presentation. From a physical presentation perspective, the building itself is important, as well as the company logo, but you can't forget about their signs and awnings. Awnings take a beating over time due to sun exposure and weather elements in general. And once this happens, the building as a whole may look old and worn. Simply changing the colors of your awning fabric can go a long way in enhancing a building's image, as well as providing an entryway customers feel comfortable and confident walking in to.


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The look of a business depends on more than the shape of the building it occupies or the color of the exterior paint. In fact, a business’ identity or brand is more than just a logo, product, or service; it’s about overall presentation.

Time to Refresh Your Sign? Focus on LED Retrofit

LED retro-fit, custom, less energy
The sign outside your business is the first representation of your company, and in many cases, it’s the first impression customers get of your company. Having an old and worn sign with random burned out bulbs isn’t the best way to make a good first impression. Retrofit LEDs can improve energy efficiency, reduce service and maintenance, and have a longer lifespan. If you’re ready to give your sign a fresh look, consider retrofit LEDs. These retrofit LEDs are different from regular LED light fixtures, since they can utilize existing light fixtures and sockets. Here are some of the other unique...

New Sign for Cohoes Music Hall is More Than Just a Sign

The Cohoes Music Hall is the 4th oldest operational music hall in the United States. Built in 1874, the Cohoes Music Hall is more than just a music hall to the locals. It signifies the culture and closeness of the entire community and provides a gathering place for various events. This historic music hall just received a significant upgrade to the outside of the building with the installation of an impressive sign that reflects its Victorian character, as well as its history, while adding a modern aspect. More Than Just A Sign For Cohoes Residents The new dazzling Cohoes Music...

Orange Coast College Students Sculpting the Future with Precision Board

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight

Many business clients frequently ask for “carved wood signs”. However very rarely do we actually use wood.  For the past 10+ years the more popular choice is HDU due to their versatility, durability and similarity to wood.” Read more about the benefits of HDU vs wood. HDU has many uses and the future artists are learning how to use this eco-friendly material.  Metro Sign & Awning believes in getting the best value for your sign, and HDU provides it for most companies.


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Many business clients frequently ask for “carved wood signs”. However very rarely do we actually use wood. For the past 10+ years the more popular choice is HDU due to their versatility, durability and similarity to wood.” Read more about the benefits of HDU vs wood. HDU has many uses and the future artists are learning how to use this eco-friendly material. Metro Sign & Awning believes in getting the best value for your sign, and HDU provides it for most companies.

Benefits of Interior Signage for Your Business

Interior signage plays a key role in providing functional and branded designs to your building. Whether they are there to provide navigation, safety or just to show your brand’s personality, they are an important element for your business. Signs that are mandatory can be compliant, while also showcasing your branding design elements. It is best practice for interior signage to be consistent with the rest of the built environment. At Metro Sign & Awning, we know how to develop the right interior signage with the highest quality materials that will perform well and last long all while respecting your time...

3 ways Disney World delivers magic with digital signage | Digital Signage Today 

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight

Because they are so flexible, digital signs can be incredible tools to improve communications.  Their messages can be instantly changed, they can display real time info and can be controlled from different sites. In our modern world, people have been “trained” to be attentive to electronic screens.


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When I visited Walt Disney World, I noticed how the happiest place on earth also happened to feature a large amount of digital signage. At all four of its parks, and in its waiting areas, Disney World is using digital signage to deliver a little extra magic for its guests.

Exterior Signage for All Seasons

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Here in New England, we live with the extremes: from the cold and wind of Nor'easters to the heat and glaring sun of the summer These weather extremes are an excellent reason why awnings and enclosures can be so valuable: reduce your energy costs and save you money. When calculating the return on investment for awnings or enclosures though, in addition to this reduction in costs, there is an even bigger benefit: they increase your revenue by increasing your selling space. Read on to learn how. Enclosures Grow Revenue and Brand All Year We help many businesses, such as hotels,...