LIC was an industrial/warehouse neighborhood for many years and still has many small shops making everything from elevators to neon signs. The neon shop is just a block down from my apartment and I pass it all the time. This weekend as part of some art festival they were open for looking around. I was heading home after grocery shopping (and happy hour) and saw the door open. I stepped inside to a pretty cool world of neon. Its a working shop with tools scattered around. A man was working on a computer designing signs and a very nice lady chatted with me about the shop. The shop creates signs for businesses and broadway, but stays small (they had to turn down a job to fix the East River Pepsi sign). The shop has been there for 30 years. They were doing demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, but sadly I wasn't around my hood for much of the weekend.
sadly I only had my cellphone camera
Some fancy work
An old sign and some more artistic items